The Paris agreement is backed by every country but Syria and Nicaragua and urges industrialized and developing countries alike to lower emissions of global warming-causing CO2 emissions. Supporters have lauded it as a landmark and a critical first step in slowing climate change, but U.S. opponents say it would put harsh limits on the country's energy sector while allowing other polluters in the developing world to play by a different set of rules.
“When other countries are not willing or able to fully adhere to the terms and meet these targets it ultimately puts American companies and workers at a tremendous disadvantage,” said U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.
Trump's move has divided Georgia's politicians along sharply partisan lines. Democrats trashed the announcement, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed vowed the city would push on to achieve Paris' main tenets on its own.
"The City of Atlanta will intensify our efforts to reduce CO2 emissions, work to cool the planet by two degrees, ramp up clean energy solutions and seek every opportunity to assert our leadership on this urgent issue," said Reed.