June 1, 2017 (San Diego) City mayors across the country have blasted the decision to leave the Paris accord. In a Twitter statement the Mayor posted this:
There are reactions from around the country. Suffice it to say, San Diego has implemented a climate action plan, that will help mitigate local conditions. The city is also part of a state that started mitigating for climate change before the rest of the country. AB32, which led the nation.
The state of California has also implemented one of the most efficient Cap and Trade programs, which could be a model for the rest of the country. The economy is also vibrant and continues to grow, even though it has some of the most stringent environmental rules in the country.
The state will also trade with the Canadian province of Quebec, and Ontario is next.
While the White House has decided to surrender the role of the United States as a leading power in the world arena, both the state and the city of San Diego, remain committed to the goals set in the Paris accords, and we are hardly alone. The New York Times does point out that cities, including Pittsburg, are committed, as well as companies such as Apple, and Google, and universities.
The United States will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only two countries not part of the agreement. Nicaragua did not join because the treaty did not go far enough, and they are already suffering multiple effects from climate change. Syria is in the midst of a civil war that is partially caused by climate change.
In further developments, the Governors of California, New York, and Washington announced an alliance to work together towards Paris targets for their states.