The most prominent elected officials in MA, regardless of party, are urging President Donald Trump to reconsider his widely reported decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The exit of the United States, the world's largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas polluter, would not dissolve the 195-nation pact, which was legally ratified previous year, but it could set off a cascade of events that would have profound effects on the planet. "And the program is renewable energy, decarbonizing, and research and development in a way that makes America more sustainable, not less".
The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has also encouraged Mr Trump not to "change the (political) climate for the worse".
Chief executive Odd Arild Grefstad cited the growth of renewable energy in US states such as Texas, New York and California as signs that "the world has started the transition from fossil to a renewable economy".
Abandoning the Paris pact would isolate the USA from a raft of worldwide allies who spent years negotiating the 2015 agreement to fight global warming and pollution by reducing carbon emissions in almost 200 nations.
Billionaire innovator Elon Musk threatened to withdraw from President Trump's Business Advisory Council if the White House withdraws from an global agreement aimed at curbing climate change. All 195 members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change signed the agreement; of those, 147 - including Canada - have ratified it.
Framing his decision as "a reassertion of America's sovereignty", he said, "I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris".
In an earlier tweet, he said: "Don't know which way Paris will go, but I've done all I can to advise directly to POTUS, through others in WH & via councils, that we remain".
"The U.S. pulling out of Paris will not stop the fight against global warming, since nearly all other countries are committed to it", said Stefan Rahmstorf, a German climate researcher.
Trump likely to withdraw US from Paris Climate Accord
Juncker said: "If the US president pulls out of the Paris agreement, and he will in the next days or hours, then it is Europe's duty to say that that is not how it works".
The European Union and China indicated they would press ahead with the deal, regardless of U.S. participation.
China and the USA are together responsible for some 40 percent of the world's emissions and experts have warned that it is vital for both to remain in the Paris agreement if it is to have any chance of succeeding.
China has said it will work with the European Union to uphold the worldwide agreement on climate change even if the U.S. withdraws. Andrew Light, a distinguished senior fellow at the World Resources Institute, told ABC News that it could "potentially harm US businesses who are trying to compete with businesses from other countries in the exploding global market in renewable energy".
Trump faced considerable pressure to hold to the deal during visits with European leaders and Pope Francis on his recent trip overseas. If the United States leaves, it would join just two other countries who have declined the deal: Nicaragua and Syria. The other two are Syria and Nicaragua.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and 21 other Republican sent Trump a letter last week urging him to follow through on his campaign pledge to pull out of the climate accord.
Dmitry Peskov added that its implementation will not be as effective "without the key signatories".
"China in recent years has stayed true to its commitment", said Li, speaking in Berlin Wednesday.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said it is "downright un-American for a president to abdicate American leadership to the great challenges facing our planet".