Bloomberg Philanthropies said Friday it will pull together $15 million to "support the operations" of the United Nation's Framework Convention on Climate Change, the arm of the UN that coordinates the Paris pact.
Modi's arrival in Paris comes after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement and at a time when uncertainty in the European Union prevails following Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation bloc.
"Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up - and there isn't anything Washington can do to stop us", said Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who now serves as the U.N.'s special envoy on cities and climate change. Sean Spicer dodged the question as well.
Trump has said "I'm not a believer in global warming". The mayor of Pittsburgh responded with a tweet stating that the city "will follow [the] Paris Agreement". However, it takes four years for any country to legally withdraw from the agreement, which means that the United States will officially be removed from the accord at the same time Trump's current presidency comes to an end. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Jared Huffman of California, and Suzan DelBene of Washington, along with 18 other West Coast members of Congress, sent a letter Wednesday urging governors in their states to form a "green wall" to maintain climate leadership in the country.
While his words may have sounded good on paper, the city's residents weren't impressed, taking to social media to let the POTUS (and the world) know that climate change is actually an issue that's rather close to the city's heart, and for good reason: Prior to taking drastic steps to fight pollution, it looked a little... different.
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"Our position on climate change has not changed ... we publicly advocate for climate action", said General Motors.
Trump suggested the possibility of renegotiating the agreement but the leaders of Italy, Germany and France said that was not possible.
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and Walt Disney Co CEO Robert Iger reacted by leaving White House advisory councils after Trump's move.
Unless we take strong action now, our future may go up in smoke. "It has to be people and planet first, not America first", she said.
The rejection of the agreement has of course been met with rebukes from other world leaders and climate change experts.
Pence called Trump's decision "refreshing".
Scientists say every fraction of a degree change in average temperatures can lead to noticeable swings in local weather patterns, although consequences are hard to predict.