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City Landmarks Go Green as New York Defies Trump with U.S. Climate Alliance

By Katie Honan | June 2, 2017 8:17am
 City Hall, One World Trade and the Kosciuszko Bridge were all adorned in green lights in support of the Paris Accord, which President Donald J. Trump announced the Unites States was backing out of.
City Hall, One World Trade and the Kosciuszko Bridge were all adorned in green lights in support of the Paris Accord, which President Donald J. Trump announced the Unites States was backing out of.
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NEW YORK CITY — Buildings across the city were lit up in green Thursday night in support of the Paris Accord, as the mayor and governor announce they'll stay committed to the plan despite President Trump's decision to withdraw from the global climate change agreement.

City Hall, One World Trade Center and the Kosciuszko Bridge were among the buildings  adorned in green lights —a public show of support for the 2015 climate agreement, where nearly 200 countries agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Earlier, Governor Andrew Cuomo, California's Governor Jerry Brown and Governor Jay R. Inslee, of Washington, announced the formation of the "United States Climate Alliance," which will encourage other states across the country to continue the policies laid out in the plan.

“The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet," Cuomo said in a statement.

“New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions."

Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to continue to follow the steps laid out in the accord throughout New York City. 

“President Trump can turn his back on the world, but the world cannot ignore the very real threat of climate change," he said in a statement. 

"This decision is an immoral assault on the public health, safety and security of everyone on this planet."

Trump announced Thursday the United States would withdraw from the agreement, calling it "draconian." 

“I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said at a speech in the White House's Rose Garden.