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In announcing the nation's withdrawal from the accord Thursday, Trump argued that the climate agreement negotiated under President Barack Obama was unfair to US workers.

The governors of three states, California, Washington and NY, on Thursday announced the creation of an alliance aimed at connecting states "committed to taking aggressive action on climate change".

Bloomberg and other groups also pledged to donate at least $15 million to the U.N. climate secretariat, which could lose funding if the United States withdraws.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leading the effort to bring together companies, universities and local and state government to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets outlined in the Paris agreement. He is also a UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

The mechanics of the U.S. exit are complicated.

Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Climate deal on Thursday night came as a shock to the public and was one which did not go down well in many quarters.

The U.S.is now one of only three nations to reject the agreement. That's what being the global leader means: You set the course for other countries to follow. "The Paris agreement is here to stay and the 29 articles of the Paris agreement are not to be renegotiated", he said Friday.

"Like all the great movements in human history, our clean future starts with a grassroots movement in our communities, our cities and our states", he said. And he's hardly the only major corporate figure to express support for the accord.

The aim of this conspiracy was described in different ways, but most clearly in terms of allies allegedly preventing the United States from opening new coal mines.

"This decision can't and won't stop all those of us who feel obliged to protect the planet", she said.

China is expected to announce a new climate partnership with the European Union on 2 June.

Anticipating a possible US pullout, officials from China and the European Union - two of the world's major polluters - had prepared a declaration reaffirming their commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement, which is widely considered a landmark deal for bringing together nearly all countries under a common goal. The president made a very informed, and I think thoughtful and important decision for the country's benefit. An "America First" doctrine could, in theory, be combined with some sort of leadership. He claims that implementing the Paris accord will cost the United States millions of jobs and have a huge economic impact. USA growth would take a $2.5 trillion hit over 10 years with "factories and plants closing all over our country", Trump said at an April rally in Pennsylvania.

Germany's DIHK Chambers of Commerce and VDMA engineering industry group warned that US companies could gain short-term advantages by Trump's decision.

But Britain did not sign a joint statement by the leaders of Germany, France and Italy, who said they regretted Trump's decision and insisted that the accord can not be renegotiated.