I represent people of Pittsburgh, not Paris: Donald Trump

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday joined a chorus of Silicon Valley voices condemning President Donald Trump's decision earlier in the day to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

Gimenez said the county will continue to protect critical infrastructure from extreme high tides and higher sea levels and will continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday urged the world to work with Donald Trump on climate, insisting he did not "judge" the USA leader for quitting the landmark Paris accord.

"I refuse to accept the premise that the United States or the world is better off when we refuse to lead or even join the struggle against this global threat", he said. Sharon Dijksma, junior environment minister, said Trump was making a "historic mistake", reports ANP, but that the effort would continue. As a business leader concerned with creating American jobs, I disagree with the decision to exit the Paris Accord.

The Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted by 194 countries is a historic treaty and can not be renegotiated, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said on Friday.

But he did not go as far as other mayors in resisting Trump's decision; he declined to endorse his area Thursday to the Paris Agreement, The Miami Herald reported.

University of Toronto political scientist Matthew Hoffman says any decision U.S. President Donald Trump makes on climate will have a big impact north of the border, no matter what Canadian politicians decide to do.

"We are firmly convinced that the agreement cannot be renegotiated", they said, putting a stop to the USA leader's belief that he could re-negotiate the United States back into the Paris Accord. "Because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: 'Make our planet great again'".

Paris's own city hall was lit in green Thursday evening to "mark its disapproval" of the firebrand president's decision that signals a policy shift with wide-ranging repercussions for the climate and Washington's ties with the world.

On Friday, the country - one of the most vulnerable in the world to climate change - affirmed its commitment to the Paris Agreement. A group of state governors, too, including leaders of NY and California, have formed a coalition to continue the work against climate change despite the federal position on it.

"The future is in newer, cleaner and renewable technologies, not in fossil fuels", said Venki Ramakrishnan, president of Britain's Royal Society.

Could the timing thwart Donald Trump's plans to quit the 196-nation deal?

  • Zachary Reyes