Sunday, June 4, 2017

Bucking Trump, US cities, states and companies commit to Paris Accord

New York: Representatives of US cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States' greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement.
French President Emmanuel Macron, right,
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, left, and former
 mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg
 meet at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Friday. 
The unnamed group - which so far includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses - is negotiating with the UN to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.

"We're going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed," said Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is coordinating the effort.

By redoubling their climate efforts, he said, cities, states and corporations could achieve, or even surpass, the pledge of the administration of former president Barack Obama to reduce the United States' planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions 26 per cent from their levels in 2005 by 2025.

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