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"It's on us now-state and local officials, business leaders, educators, consumers, and moms and dads-to help keep the promise of Paris alive", Suh said.

"The Paris climate agreement was simply a raw deal for America", House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

A spokesman for Peabody Energy Corp, America's largest publicly traded coal miner, had said on Wednesday that the company would support a decision by Trump to withdraw from the Paris deal because the "accord is flawed on a number of levels".

The US joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries that aren't signatories to the worldwide agreement.

"The United States will cease all implementation of the nonbinding Paris accord", Trump said, saying it would include ending the implementation of carbon reduction targets set under Obama and ending contributions to the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, which Trump said was "costing the United States a fortune".

The administration is working to dismantle former President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, which is meant to regulate electricity plants and help the USA meet its promise to cut emissions by more than a quarter from 2005 levels.

"How can President Trump look in the eye the people most affected, including the world's poorest in the places most affected by climate change now, and those affected by increasingly frequent extreme weather in parts of the USA?"

The Climate Mayors' statement echoes a call in November by Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, for the 128 United States mayors who are part of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to join the Paris Agreement in the federal government's place. The pullout will align the United States with Syria and Nicaragua as the world's only non-participants in the accord.

In a heavily-teased event at the White House Rose Garden, President Donald Trump will announce Thursday whether the United States will withdraw from the landmark Paris climate agreement.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposed Trump's action and vowed to continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.

Trump promoted his announcement Wednesday night on Twitter, after a day in which USA allies around the world sounded alarms about the likely consequences of a US withdrawal. James Inhofe, who has denied climate change is real, told WBUR's Here & Now.

California became the heart of the anti-Trump resistance as soon as there was a Donald J. Trump presidency to resist, with some calling for the state to secede from the rest of the country.

"From all the people I've talked to in other countries, they see Trump as an aberration", Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists, explained to Gizmodo, "They don't think this represents United States society as a whole".

Trump created the business advisory group in December before taking office to assist him in making policy decisions. But if the USA president in the next hours and days says that he will get out of the Paris accord, then it's the responsibility of Europe to say: "that's not acceptable". And India and China are likely to reduce global carbon emissions by 2 to 3 billion tons more than they'd anticipated just a year ago.

Scientists warn that a two degree Celsius (3.6 degree Fahrenheit) increase in global temperatures could have dire effects. "So this notion "I am Trump, I am American, America First and I'm going to get out of it" - that won't happen". But Trump said the accord would "undermine our economy, hamstring our workers, weaken our sovereignty, impose unacceptable legal risk, and put us at a permanent disadvantage to the other countries of the world."We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more".

Former Vice President Al Gore, who made the climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", said that removing the us from the agreement is a "reckless and indefensible action".

Renewable energy prices will continue to fall as innovation continues and alternative forms of energy gain traction, he continued.

- Charles Michel (@CharlesMichel) June 1, 2017I condemn this brutal act against #ParisAccord @realDonaldTrump Leadership means fighting climate change together.


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