ATLANTA - Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed is speaking out Wednesday amid news that President Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord.
Nearly 200 nations, including the United States, agreed in 2015 to voluntarily reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to combat climate change.
A White House official said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, but there may be "caveats in the language" that Trump uses to announce the withdrawal -- leaving open the possibility that the decision isn't final.
In a news release, Reed said Trump's decision to withdraw would jeopardize the stability and prosperity of the United States.
“The President has made a disappointing decision today to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, and by extension, global leadership,” said Reed. “This decision isolates our country from international partners in shared, global efforts to curb climate change, and at its core is an assault on our future stability and prosperity.”
Reed also recalled a trip he made to Paris two years ago, where he and more than 100 other mayors from around the world demonstrated their support for the COP 21 negotiations.
“Along with my colleagues from around the country and the world, I remain committed to meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. 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.”
During Trump's overseas trip last week, European leaders pressed him to keep the U.S. in the landmark agreement.
Trump promised during his presidential campaign to pull the U.S. out of the deal.