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Global Leaders Deliver Message of Resolve Following Trump's Decision to Abandon Paris Agreement | June 7, 2017 |

There was a surprise on climate change in the past few days. No, it wasn't President Trump's announcement that he was going to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement. While there was a slim chance that Trump would change his mind, he has shown no understanding of climate change, has taken steps to slow action and generally rejects science in his policies.

The big surprise was the loud and unmistakable outcry in response to that decision. That outcry came from leaders in all parts of the globe. It came from leaders in states and cities across the country. And it came from big business and utilities and citizens who were outraged or merely confused by the President's continued twisting of facts around climate change.

International Leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in a joint statement: "We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible, and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India: "Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith."

President Emmanuel Macron of France: "Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: make our planet great again."

Spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May of U.K. (following phone call with President Trump): "The Prime Minister expressed her disappointment with the decision and stressed that the UK remained committed to the Paris Agreement ... She said that the Paris Agreement provides the right global framework for protecting the prosperity and security of future generations, while keeping energy affordable and secure for our citizens and businesses."

U.S. Mayors and Governors

The President's denial of global warming is getting a cold reception from America's cities.

"As 407 US Mayors representing 70 million Americans, we will adopt, honor, and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement. We will 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."

The global community is one election away from an even greater disaster.

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