However, Russia signed on to the Paris agreement, and the U.S. is joined only by Syria, a war-torn nation, and Nicaragua, which argued for a stronger agreement, in opposing the global accord.
World leaders pledged Thursday to keep up the fight against global warming as U.S. President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord.
Democratic senator Sheldon Whitehouse, co-chair of the US Senate's Climate Action Task Force said, "ignoring reality and leaving the Paris agreement could go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders in our nation's history".
The U.S. Conference of Mayors said it strongly opposed Trump's action and vowed American mayors would continue efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming.
Figueres has been a prominent voice in recent years arguing that nations should embrace clean energy industries and abandon "dirty" industries, like coal, not only for the health of the planet but for the health and growth of their economies.
It's up to cities - not the federal government - to ensure carbon emission guidelines are being followed, according to the mayor.
"Today's announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation".
Before Trump even finished his full address, President Obama issued a statement opposing the withdrawal.
Brown pledged to continue his state's momentum towards a clean economy.
She added: "The Paris Agreement is more important than just one country and with over 196 signatories it will continue to work towards a low carbon, sustainable future".
"To say this was a diplomatic victory for the United States would be an understatement", Ms Torres said. In exiting the pact, some fear the USA could trigger a domino effect among other countries.
Nick Molho, executive director of the Aldersgate Group, an alliance of business, politics and civil society leaders driving action for a sustainable economy, said Mr Trump's decision would not result in a U-turn on climate action in the United States or globally. Many have spoken out to confirm they remain committed to the deal. "The US can unilaterally change its emissions target under the Agreement - it doesn't have to "renegotiate' it - and financial contributions are voluntary".
"It's not invented by China", he said of climate change. It was a pointed reference to a 2012 tweet by Mr. Trump falsely claiming that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive".
The president's reversal of US policy comes on the heels of his participation in the G7 Summit last week, where his relationship with world leaders, particularly German chancellor Angela Merkel, appeared strained. Stateside developments, as well as actions by worldwide investment funds and other corporate entities will proceed notwithstanding either a withdrawal from the Paris Agreement or a potential end to the Clean Power Plan. President George W. Bush provoked similar anger from European allies when he decided not to implement the 1997 Kyoto climate change treaty, which was ratified by 140 nations.
Trump announced the withdrawal the same day he pulled back from another campaign promise: to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
"The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out". @realDonaldTrump, single handed, took care of that.
Adler was in Paris for the summit, at which 195 countries signed on. "Russian Federation attaches great significance to it", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Thursday, while also adding a caveat: "At the same time, it goes without saying that the effectiveness of this convention is likely to be reduced without its key participants".