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US politicians pledge commitment to Paris Agreement following Trump’s announcement

By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer
June 02, 2017, 2:53:36 PM EDT

Politicians and businesses in opposition to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement have banded together after Thursday's announcement.

More than 80 city mayors, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and New Orleans, announced plans for their individual cities to adopt the Paris Climate Agreement.

Members of the group signed a statement announcing their commitment to adopting, honoring and upholding the goals of the agreement.

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President Donald Trump announces that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate change accord during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Washington. (Photo/Susan Walsh/AP Images)

The mayors intend to “intensify efforts to meet each of our cities’ current climate goals, push for new action to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius target and work together to create a 21st century clean energy economy," according to a statement from the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.

A group of U.S. governors also announced plans to form the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to taking action on climate change and upholding the Paris Climate Agreement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Gov. Jerry Brown and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee will serve as co-chairs of the alliance.

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The three states, which make up at least 10 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., have committed to lowering emissions by up to 28 percent below the levels from 2005, according to the announcement.

The governors took to Twitter to spread the word of their commitment to the U.S. Climate Alliance.

The political leaders join university presidents and companies who also oppose President Trump’s decision.

According to the New York Times, the unnamed group plans to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to continue with the United States’ target efforts of reducing greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement.

So far, the group includes three governors, more than 80 university leaders, 100-plus businesses and 30 governors.

The group is currently in talks with the United Nations to submit their plan alongside Paris Climate Agreement contributions from other countries, according to the New York Times.

Apple, Facebook and Microsoft have previously shown support for the U.S. to remain in the agreement.

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, announced via Twitter his decision to leave two White House advisory councils in support of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to the Associated Press (AP).

French President Emmanuel Macron and other world leaders have also expressed disappointment with President Trump’s decision.

“If we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world,” said President Macron.

During a speech in Berlin on Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called President Trump’s decision “extremely regrettable" while emphasizing Germany's commitment to tackling climate change.

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