U.S. states form Climate Alliance, vow to uphold Paris Agreement

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Opponents of the pullout - said to include Trump's daughter Ivanka - had warned that Washington's global leadership role was at stake, along with the environment.

US President Donald Trump wants to stay engaged on climate change and has not abandoned the issue, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday, days after Trump announced he was quitting the Paris accord.

In their latest video, the French also point out a White House line that some US researchers say Trump twisted to support his own priorities.

The opportunities for China are enormous, as it can step into the U.S. role of providing technology and equipment transfer to developing nations to help them meet their commitments under the Paris agreement.

Experts said the Golden State, which has the sixth largest economy in the world, was well placed to pick up the mantle of leadership on the worldwide stage given its aggressive policies on climate issues.

The U.S. Climate Alliance will also act as a forum to sustain and strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and implement new programs to reduce carbon emissions from all sectors of the economy.

Pruitt spoke at a White House briefing the day after President Donald Trump said the USA will abandon the Paris climate accord.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who now acts as the special envoy for cities and climate change at the United Nations, has been tasked with coordinating the efforts from all the parties to stick to the deal.

Earlier on yesterday Baker - who didn't support Trump during last year's campaign and didn't vote for him - said he didn't think Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement was the right thing for the country or the world. "If he did believe in it, he wouldn't have pulled out of Paris". "I think Paris was a very good deal for the United States, contrary to what they are claiming", Reilly told CNN.

"You are seeing a massive response to Trump's decision", he said, noting the United States has already begun to turn away from coal in favor of natural gas and renewable forms of energy.

"The president made an executive agreement because that was the best that we could do", he said. The agreement also established a $100 billion fund to help vulnerable countries deal with the effects of climate change.

The group called Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the climate accord "a grave mistake that endangers the American public and hurts America's economic security and diplomatic reputation".

While China has moved quickly to step into the leadership role vacated by Trump, it's likely that Xi will be looking for more than just increased prestige and prominence in worldwide affairs.

The president of the Federated States of Micronesia, Peter Christian who chairs the Forum, said island countries are now more determined and committed to taking serious action to address climate change and remain steadfast in their obligations under the agreement.

Mr. Trump announced Thursday that he is pulling the USA out of the Paris agreement, which was one of President Obama's major achievements in office.

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