US Coalition Launches to Support Paris Accord

Despite President Donald Trump’s announcement last month that he intended to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, numerous American cities, states, and businesses say they’re going to adhere to the ambitious climate agreement anyway. A national coalition led by Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown called America’s Pledge launched last week.

On June 1, Trump gave a speech in the White House Rose Garden where he called the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord “draconian,” and said the United States would withdraw from it. “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris,” he said at the time.

The announcement drew immediate criticism abroad and throughout the country. Large companies, including major corporations and energy companies, urged against withdrawal and many CEOs quit Trump’s business advisory council in protest.

Efforts such as We Are Still In, the US Climate Alliance, and the Climate Mayors formed in response. America’s Pledge intends to aggregate those commitments as well as those from what the coalition calls “non-Party” actors to report on climate-related activities in the United States.

Upon launching, the coalition of private and public sector leaders included nine states, 227 cities and counties, and about 1,650 businesses and investors, the New York Times reported. Michael Bloomberg contends that emissions levels in the country are determined more by cities, states, and businesses than the federal government so it makes sense for those groups to take action.

“Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health,” Bloomberg said in an announcement about the coalition. “The American government may have pulled out of the Paris Agreement, but American society remains committed to it — and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals. We’re already halfway there.”

As part of America’s Pledge, Bloomberg and Brown have commissioned the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute to work on climate analysis. The initiative also seeks to quantify what the aggregate commitments made by its members will actually mean for future emissions. Brown, Bloomberg, and other members plan to showcase the coalition’s commitments and research later this year at COP23 in Bonn.

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One thought on “US Coalition Launches to Support Paris Accord

  1. Yee-Chang Feng from Taiwan says:
    Human-caused climate change has been a physical reality and with us already, it is induced by the heat-trap greenhouse gases (GHGs) dumped into the atmosphere from our burning unlimited quantities of fossil fuel from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to now. It kills, steals livelihoods, and takes the most from those who have the least, but the costs are largely hidden from our understanding. All nations share a collective responsibility. In terms of the Paris Agreement, UN climate solution for 2°C goal is a multinational plan of collective implementation of substantial and sustained reduction in GHG emissions. There is no ‘plan B’ because we don’t have ‘planet B’. The IPCC and the UNFCCC alarmingly remind us of seriousness of climate ravages, so the 76 Nobel Laureates and the 2,000 scientists of CFCC15 urge us to make rapid but ambitious climate-solution progress, or our sluggish action will lead to wholesale human tragedy.

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