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Gov. Cuomo forms 'climate alliance' with California, Washington

02 Juin 2017

New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington's irresponsible actions.

Speaking with MIT Technology Review on Thursday, he added, "This idea that the Paris agreement has a negligible impact on future climate change is certainly not what we conveyed and was not the conclusion of our analysis".

By creating the alliance, Gov. Cuomo says he will do what he can to meet the conditions of the agreement.

"Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain", Musk tweeted Wednesday. In a statement it said staying with the agreement would cost the US economy more than $2 trillion and almost 400,000 jobs. Even fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell say the United States should stay in the deal. "If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up". Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said it falls on states to curb emissions following the Trump administration's decision.

Obama added his hopes that individual USA states would attempt to maintain an environmental commitment.

In hard talks leading up to the December 2015 accord, other countries often yielded to us positions so that the world's biggest economy wouldn't walk away, as it did from the previous climate deal, the Kyoto Protocol.

In an interview on Thursday, the president of the World Coal Association, Benjamin Sporton, told Reuters that he had mixed feelings about Trump's announcement, adding he was eager to see a US policy that actively promotes a place for coal in the global energy mix.

It joins just two other United Nations member countries, Syria and Nicaragua, in rejecting the accord.

"We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more".

It called the withdrawal "reckless" and would "waste increasingly finite USA diplomatic resources".

But Lewes resident Matt Ehlers said he doesn't believe Trump's offer to re-negotiate the agreement will work out.

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says Canada is "deeply disappointed" with the USA decision to pull out of the Paris climate-change agreement.

In announcing his pullout from a deal that failed to "put America first", the United States president on Thursday cited the northeastern city saying: "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris". We will continue to work with our domestic and worldwide partners to drive progress on one of the greatest challenges we face as a world.