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Montreal mayor Denis Coderre was also among those denouncing Trump's action, and Montreal City Hall, like many other local capitals, was lit in green Thursday night to show solidarity with the climate change agreement. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

He added that China, Russia and India had confirmed their commitment to it.

Murkowski, who has described herself as an "agnostic" when it comes to the Paris climate agreement, said the country is obligated to help address climate change whether or not it's part of the worldwide agreement. 2016 was the hottest year on record, and the last three years have seen the largest temperature increase since NASA began keeping track in 1880.

Most environmental experts were not surprised to earn that Donald Trump was going to pull the United States out of the Paris Accord on climate change.

Jamie Henn, director of strategy and communications at the climate advocacy organization 350.org, called Trump's decision a major blow in the fight against climate change.

The Democratic governors of the three states say they represent 10% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions combined, and one in five Americans.

Henn added that it's still technically possible to meet the climate goals agreed to by then-President Barack Obama, although that will be far more hard now.

He's said California's economy is proof that combating climate change isn't the economic deadweight Trump suggests. He also said that the pact puts the United States at the mercy of foreign powers; in fact, the agreement is voluntary.

In Durham, Mayor Bill Bell several years ago signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors' climate-protection agreement.

Earlier France, Germany and Italy had issued a joint statement saying the Paris deal can not be renegotiated. Trump has also made clear he will not fulfill Obama's promises to provide billions to help developing countries prepare for climate change.

"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive", he infamously tweeted in 2012.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday hammered President Trump in personal terms, accusing him of endangering his own grandchildren by pulling out of the Paris climate accord. Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil CEO, had urged Trump not to abandon the deal but was ultimately overruled. Tillerson and Ivanka both fell in line after Trump's announcement, however, quietly accepting his decision.

"I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris", Mr Trump said.

The coalition plans to submit a plan to the United Nations that commits to greenhouse-gas limits set in the Paris Agreement, according to The New York Times. The climate deal was created to prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees above preindustrial levels.

But Mr. Trump's withdrawal from the Paris pact wasn't entirely without support. On Friday, a host of USA states, cities, and companies vowed to live up to the terms of the deal.

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