"Trump wrongly claimed that the Paris Agreement would allow China to "build hundreds of additional coal plants" and allow India to "double its coal production by 2020" but the United States "can't build the plants", said Robertson. CNN is reporting that Patricia Espinosa, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, called the Bloomberg Philanthropies financial commitment "crucial".
On Sunday, Pruitt echoed Trump's justification for leaving the global pact, saying it was bad for the US economy.
Ms. Haley last week also defended the president's views on climate change. "That is where we are. We're shifting the burden of dealing with climate change into future generations", said Nahm.
Questions swirled around Trump's climate views after he announced Thursday that the United States would pull out of an ambitious worldwide agreement to combat rising global temperatures.
General Electric Co CEO Jeff Immelt, who is on Trump's manufacturing council, said on Thursday he was disappointed in the decision and added: "Industry must now lead and not depend on government".
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The historic 2015 climate deal, which includes almost every country in the world, set goals to limit greenhouse gas emissions in order to help curb the rise of global temperatures. The bottom line, he said, is that the Paris agreement cost the U.S.jobs.
Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron hasn't shied away from his criticism of Donald Trump's position on climate change in recent weeks.
"When Donald Trump says, well, we're going to negotiate a better deal, you know, he's going to go out and find a better deal?"
Questioning the accuracy of the figures cited by Trump, Jonas Nahm, assistant professor of energy, resources, and environment at Johns Hopkins University, said that Trump's economic justification for pulling out was short-sighted.
"I just want to be clear on this", CNN's Jake Tapper asked Haley in an interview set to air Sunday, but which CNN released a portion of Saturday. "Just because we got out of a club doesn't mean we don't care about the environment".
Minnesota has joined a group of other states in a coalition committed to upholding the Paris Accord.
Trump has previously said he believes global warming is a "hoax", and in September 2015 told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, "I'm not a believer in man-made global warming".