Abandoning it could imperil the 195-nation pact, which was legally ratified last year, by encouraging other countries that only reluctantly signed the agreement to roll back their commitments to cut pollution that contributes to climate change.
The divide has provoked debate among some leading Georgia politicians. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who traveled to Paris in 2015 to participate in the negotiations, said in a statement that the city would "intensify" its efforts to reduce carbon emissions.
And state Rep. Scott Holcomb, a DeKalb Democrat, warned that Trump’s withdrawal sends a signal “that the rest of the world better fall into line with what he wants.”
"It's a mistake," said Holcomb. "America alone is not in our national interest."
State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Columbus Republican, said in a tweet that it should be up to the U.S. Senate to decide the agreement’s fate. “The ‘agreement’ has never been submitted to the US Senate for ratification,” he said.