Americans revolt against Trump withdrawal from climate accord

America erupted in revolt against President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Several states, cities, corporations and prominent celebrity citizens are defiantly asserting that they intend to stand by US commitment to the accord. From New York to California, from legacy corporations such as General Electric and Exxon-Mobil to newbies like Facebook and Google, from academics and illuminati to people on the streets, the country is in a state of ferment and rebellion against a businessman president whose decision to withdraw the US from the globally-endorsed climate change has barely found a ripple of support.

The liberal bastions of New York and California are leading the way in defying Trump. New York governor Andrew Cuomo directed that prominent landmarks, including One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge to be lit green in a symbolic show of solidarity with the Paris Accord, but his California counterpart Jerry Brown went further, saying the Golden Statue – whose economy accounts for a third of the US pie – would seek its own climate change pact with China.

Trump was also rebuffed by prominent entrepreneurs who would have been expected to back one of their own ilk.

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