Thursday, President Trump announced that United States officially put of the Paris climate accord. The decision is viewed by many as a major setback for the worldwide effort to combat global warming.
California Governor Jerry Brown, as well as other states and legislators have defined Trump’s decision, promising to pursue green energy expansions, setting carbon reduction goals. "President Trump is giving climate denial such a bad name that the opposite, namely climate activism, is receiving a real shot in the arm," Brown said in an interview with NBC's Sacramento affiliate, KCRA. "We are going to be all the more activated as the president seems to go off into the wilderness of obscurity and junk science."
"Since World War II, America has been in every fight, but right now America, through the White House, is AWOL," said Brown, 79, who has not rejected the idea of running for President in 2020. "But California is on the playing field; we are active and we are going to lead the way forward."
Countries around the world are taking a similar approach. Indian officials have clarified that no matter what happens to the Paris accord, it will continue to with plans to reduce carbon emissions.
"Paris or no Paris, our commitment to preserving the climate is for the sake of future generations," Prime Minister Modi said at St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).
Russian President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of the U.S cooperating on this issue. "You shouldn't make a noise about this, but should create the conditions for joint work. If such a major emitter as the US is not going to cooperate entirely then it won't be possible to agree any deal in this area," Putin told journalists at SPIEF.