California, China sign agreement on climate, cleantech

"This is an insane move by this president", California governor Jerry Brown said, blasting the decision as "deviant behaviour from the highest office in the land". She also tweeted about the alliance. "Disaster still looms and we've got to make the turn".

Trump's decision drew heavy criticism within the U.S. and internationally, including in China, which swiftly recommitted itself to the agreement forged with the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama.

"Our experience with CCUS proves that you can do the right thing for the environment and the economy too", Perry said, adding that he looked "forward to worldwide collaboration between USA and Canada, and with other countries".

Republican politicians and representatives of the coal industry cheered Trump's action.

President Donald Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate accord will prove only a temporary setback to reducing greenhouse gas emissions because "disaster still looms" unless the world moves urgently on the issue, California governor Jerry Brown has said.

He has been working with states and provinces around the world to set voluntary agreements to address global warming.

Specific targets haven't been set for each state.

Brown announced the news at a City Club event Friday.

California, New York and Washington will chair the U.S. Climate Alliance, which Brown said has been in the works for several months. It's unclear when discussions between the three governors began, but they announced their new pact within an hour of Trump's announcement.

Brown will be meeting regional and national officials over the course of a week-long trip to China and will host a clean energy forum. At home, Brown is battling to reauthorize a cap-and-trade program that expires in 2020, a key piece of his political legacy.

West Virginia Coal Association senior vice president Chris Hamilton said U.S. withdrawal from the Paris accord would build confidence in American. mining and industry even if it would not make major changes on the ground. So far, according to The New York Times, the governors of New York, Washington and California have signed on, as well as the mayors of 30 cities - including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Salt Lake City and Pittsburgh. "The world should know that in the USA, we are change-makers".

"I think it slows down this rush toward punitive measures against the United States industrial base and mining industry", Hamilton said.

  • Zachary Reyes