While cities can't individually sign onto or negotiate major worldwide agreements on climate change, they do have some authority over their own energy use, including setting efficiency standards for building.
It found that seven in 10 registered voters (69 per cent) said the United States should participate in the agreement, compared with only 13 per cent who said the USA should not. He didn't argue that it would affect US efforts to reduce American emissions. The conference culminated in the Paris Accord, a global pact wherein 195 countries pledged to curb greenhouse gases emissions and switch to cleaner energy. That said, despite his accommodations to the rich, in his three terms he did enact initiatives that helped make NYC the 14th greenest city in the USA as of 2016, a remarkable feat for the most populated city in the country, and in the wake of Hurricane Sandy he led the effort to prepare the city for climate change.
Spicer said Friday, when asked again, that he had not had the opportunity to have that discussion.
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive", Trump wrote in a November 2012 tweet.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to issue an executive order soon to honor the goals of the Paris accord, including to keep future global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. GE's CEO, Jeff Immelt, is on Trump's manufacturing council.
A senior administration official defended Trump's use of the findings.
If Trump rejects climate change, as he has done in the past, it would further alienate him from a majority of Americans who do believe in it. He said his own foundation will help coordinate the United States effort, which will be called America's Pledge, and it will help submit "nationally determined contributions" like other nations.
Analysts forecast that USA withdrawal would make it more hard for the world to reach its goal of limiting global warming to less than 2°C by the end of the century.
The issue could resurface later this month when, according to an administration spokesman, the White House plans to hold a June 19 meeting with technology leaders.