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Michael Bloomberg, US mayors vow to meet Paris targets even without Trump

03 June 2017

"On behalf of the people of New York City, and alongside mayors across the country, I am committing to honor the goals of the Paris Agreement with an Executive Order in the coming days, so our city can remain a home for generations to come", DeBlasio said in a statement Thursday.

The day after President Donald Trump announced the USA will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, it seemed White House officials were tasked with keeping the president's actual stance on climate change frustratingly ambiguous.

"Make our planet great again", Macron said, calling the decision to leave the agreement a mistake and inviting scientists in the U.S.to "come and work here with us" on efforts to combat climate change.

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He said he would notify the U.N. Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that USA cities, states, businesses and others will aim to meet the United States' commitment to reducing emissions 26 percent below the 2005 levels by 2025.

Hours later German Chancellor Angela Merkel summoned reporters for an impromptu statement in which she called Trump's decision "extremely regrettable and that's putting it very mildly".

On the other hand, after Trump's announcement, some city mayors and state governors in the U.S.

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Nobody at the White House seems to have asked President Donald Trump about his position on climate change.

Celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, Bette Midler and Arnold Schwarzenegger lined up to denounce Trump's controversial withdrawal from the 2015 Paris deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions. "In Pittsburgh, we've rebuilt our economy on the future and our people, not on the past".

Hendricks said the absence of $500 million contributions from the United States to the Green Climate Fund will be felt from 2018, but said it might be possible to fill the gap with "other financing mechanisms, for example through the World Bank". "That's the message mayors, governors, and business leaders all across the US have been sending". "We believe in states' rights and so, if a locality, municipality or a state wants to enact a policy that their voters, or their citizens believe in, then that's what they should do". "In November, we will have the responsibility of heading the work of the European Union at the United Nations climate conference, which will definitely be a challenge, but we are ready for it".

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According to an article in the MIT Technology Review, Donald Trump and his team quoted figures from an earlier MIT study which was done a year before the Paris Climate Agreement was signed and therefore could not factor in the emission pledges of all the signatories to the accord.