'Trump's climate claims on China, India false'

"Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement".

Bloomberg has also urged U.S. cities, states and businesses to follow suit so that the country fulfils its commitments under the accord even though it has officially withdrawn from the pact.

Responding to President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement, the European Union is considering taking economic measures that could include halting trade talks, forging closer ties with Russian Federation, and imposing heavy carbon taxes on U.S. exports.

A majority of Americans in every state, or 69 percent of US voters, believe the United States should participate in the agreement, according to a recent opinion poll carried out by Yale University's program on climate change communication.

Bloomberg, who is the UN Secretary-General's special envoy for cities and climate change, said the USA had led the world on emission reductions over the past decade.

New York's Bill de Blasio, mayor of America's most populous city, told WNYC radio that he wanted to "surpass" his commitment to reduce emissions 80 percent by 2050.

He said he would notify the UN Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that U.S. cities, states, businesses and others would aim to meet the US's commitment to reducing emissions 26 per cent below the 2005 levels by 2025.

He said his own foundation will help coordinate the United States effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations.

"Most of the big business in America, most of the innovative companies in America made it very clear to (President Trump) before he made this decision that there are more jobs staying in and becoming a leader in this area", said Allen.

Announcing his decision to withdraw from the Paris deal, Trump had alleged that India and China have been left accountable in the agreement. It pointed out that major players, including China, the European Union, and India, had expressed their willingness to scale up their role.

While U.N. officials stress that it could take several years before there is a proper understanding of the implications of a USA withdrawal, they also say the deal was structured to require action at multiple levels of government, not just federal.

  • Zachary Reyes