Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Over 1,000 U.S. Cities, States, and Businesses Vow to Meet Paris Climate Commitments

As soon as Trump announced he was abandoning the Paris climate agreement, mayors and governors started stepping up.  Trump may be out, but America isn't, they say.

Growing groups of cities, states and businesses are vowing to meet the United States' Paris climate commitments, even if President Trump is pulling out. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Click to Enlarge.
President Donald Trump may be yanking the United States from the Paris climate agreement, but states, cities and businesses are filling the vacuum by making their own commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—and the numbers are mounting.

On Monday, more than 1,000 companies and institutions, including more than a dozen Fortune 500 businesses, signed onto a statement—"We Are Still In"—saying they're committed to meeting the Paris targets.  The statement calls Trump's decision "a grave mistake that endangers the American public and hurts America's economic security and diplomatic reputation."

A dozen states that together represent the world's third-largest economy and more than 200 cities had also committed to the Paris accord by Monday.

In the wake of Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate agreement, the world's biggest economies denounced the move and insisted they would remain in the pact.  While the president claimed he would contemplate a renegotiation of a deal that "puts America first," the UN and several U.S. allies said renegotation isn't in the cards.

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