Trump’s decision to leave the Paris agreement kicked off a series of chain reactions inside and outside the United States. Trump claimed the reason for his decision was that the climate agreement was harmful to the economy and U.S. industry, but the immediate reactions came precisely from that sphere: Almost every Silicon Valley company and Microsoft have publicly expressed their views contrary to this defection. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has built an empire out of a sustainable future with the production of electric cars, resigned from the White House workgroup to which he belonged. Robert Iger, Disney’s CEO, also quit in opposition to Trump’s measure.
But the firmer and more destabilizing opposition comes from more than 60 mayors and governors who have declared that their states and cities will not follow the president, but will remain faithful to the Paris Agreement. New York City, New York state, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Boston were the first to begin this mutiny, but the list is likely to grow; California Governor Jerry Brown said he wanted to organize a whole movement against the president, and the states of New York and Washington announced a formal climate alliance committed to following the decisions of COP21. Government buildings in many cities, including New York and Boston, were lit in green.