HOW CITIES AND STATES REACTED TO TRUMP’S DECISION TO EXIT THE PARIS CLIMATE DEAL...

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement drew immediate reaction from elected officials, including big-city mayors and governors who vowed to pursue climate policies without the federal government...

Against exit from Paris deal
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Mayors

Big cities tend to be led by Democrats, who all but universally condemned Mr. Trump’s move, but at least one Republican mayor, Kevin Faulconer of San Diego, also opposed it.

#Austin will not stop fighting climate change. Worldwide, cities will lead in achieving climate treaty goals because so much of what’s required happens at the local level.”
“Milwaukee is joining with cities around the country who continue to take this issue seriously. We will continue to drive the clean energy economy.
“Going forward, our commitment to wind and solar will not yield, and we will move forward with building a more sustainable D.C.”

San Diego remains as committed as ever to implementing our landmark Climate Action Plan and being a national leader in solar, renewable energy use, water purification and green job creation.”

“Standing with my fellow #ClimateMayors to protect our future. #StLouis will do its part to honor the #ParisAgreement.
“As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future.”
“We supported Envision Charlotte to reduce our carbon footprint by 19 percent uptown and save $26 million in utilities costs.
“Regardless of #Parisclimateaccord withdrawal, #SATX will remain focused on its healthy & sustainable environmental plan.

Governors

Jay Inslee of Washington, a Democrat, and Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, a Republican, touted their accomplishments and pledged to continue reducing emissions. John Kasich of Ohio, also a Republican, expressed disappointment.

“Massachusetts is agressively working to exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement on the state level, while growing our economy through clean energy innovation and environmental stewardship.”
“We have implemented a cap on carbon pollution, and we will continue working with businesses and research institutions to develop and deploy 21st century clean energy solutions.
“I know that climate change is real. It is a global issue and will need a global agreement to address. And we could have negotiated that agreement in ways that would not needlessly destroy jobs.

Congress

Congressional Republicans largely supported the move. Many of them represent more rural districts or states, or other areas that went solidly for Mr. Trump, who had promised to “cancel” the Paris agreement.

“While we can all agree that we should continually work to minimize our impact on the environment through innovation and technology, this flawed deal is unfair to American workers and puts our country at an economic disadvantage to the benefit of countries like China, Iran and India.”
Climate change requires a global approach. I'm disappointed in the President's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.”
“I commend @POTUS for putting American jobs first. This is great news for the TX economy & for hardworking Americans.”
“Abandoning Paris climate accord is a reckless decision that forfeits an oppty to guarantee a viable future for ND energy on the global level.”
“We should seek agreements that prioritize the protection of the American consumer as well as energy-producing states like West Virginia, while also incentivizing the development of advanced fossil energy technologies.”
“This administration is prioritizing the bottom line of hard-working Americans over the agendas of environmental extremists.”
“There's no way to meet the CO2 levels Obama signed up for in the Paris Accord w/o drastically raising the energy costs of every US consumer.
“@POTUS is committed to protecting middle class families by dealing another significant blow to #Obama's #waroncoal.
“President Trump's decision defies all common sense. Withdrawing from #ParisAgreement is reckless.
Clean energy jobs are booming. #ParisAgreement would have allowed leverage to drive these jobs to places that need them -- like Youngstown.”
“Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement is an abdication of American leadership and an international disgrace.
“I urged @POTUS to step away from the Paris Accord. Foreign countries will not dictate energy policies to the U.S.

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