Defying Trump, Jerry Brown to showcase American climate change efforts

Defying Trump, Jerry Brown to showcase American climate change efforts

Defying Trump, Jerry Brown to showcase American climate change efforts

Yet, I do not support the UN Paris Climate Agreement since most of its emission pledges are less ambitious than they appear, and vesting the UN with taxing and spending authority to transfer $100 billion per year to developing country ruling elites via the UN Green Climate Fund would spawn corruption and misallocation of resources.

The pledge plans to track the efforts of those initiatives, so all of the groups who have promised to keep American emissions under the 26% to 28% of 2005 levels by 2025 can ensure they do so.

Today, California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched America's Pledge on climate change, a new initiative to compile and quantify the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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"W$3 e're sending a clear message to the world that America's states, cities and businesses are moving forward with our country's commitments under the Paris Agreement - with or without Washington", Brown said in the release.

In a growing movement, cities, states and companies have since endorsed various statements promising to step up efforts to slow climate change. The two have commissioned the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute to lead an analytical effort supporting the initiative, and have planned to compile and showcase existing climate commitments of US subnational and non-state actors at COP23 scheduled for November in Bonn, Germany.

Since Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement, many states, cities, businesses and universities have joined together to show their support by signing an open letter declaring "We Are Still In" and forming coalitions like Climate Mayors and the U.S. Climate Alliance.

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Former New York mayor and current United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, Bloomberg declared, "Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health". The two will share the data at this year's United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Germany.

The overall ambition is to show the global community how the combined effort of these subnational actors can significantly reduce USA greenhouse gas emissions and meet the US pledge "at a time of limited federal leadership". "We're already halfway there".

Still, last month in an effort to fill a climate leadership void, Bloomberg, a United Nations envoy on cities and climate change, committed $200 million to support city initiatives including projects to combat global warming through a grant program called the American Cities Initiative.

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"America's Pledge" will aggregate climate-related activities and policies in the United States and map out new ways to drive down emissions to keep the USA on pace with the goals of the Paris agreement, according to a statement released Wednesday.

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