Calif. Gov., Bloomberg Launch New Climate Coalition

Gov. Brown Makes Dire Plea to Save California Climate Law

The quantification effort launched on Wednesday, known as America's Pledge, aims to standardize reporting on emissions reductions and climate action from participating cities, states, and businesses, so that the U.N. - and other countries - can see how the United States is progressing on climate despite a federal plan.

It's the latest effort by cities and states, and Brown in particular, to fight back against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the worldwide pact. "Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health".

"In the US, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government - and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", said Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change.

Within hours of Trump's actions in early June, cities, states, and businesses announced their intention to stick with the Paris Accords, with more than 350 mayors pledging action, and numerous organizations and states also announcing their intentions via organizations such as We Are Still In. America's Pledge is not intended as substitute for US federal government responsibility for climate policy and action.

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The United States Climate Alliance, a bi-partisan group of states, is committed to upholding the agreement. "If the federal government insists on abdicating leadership on this issue, it will be up to the American people to step forward - and in Virginia we are doing just that". At the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last Saturday, the European Union expressed support for the Paris agreement and criticized the USA for backing out - a move referred to as a "regrettable" by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. According to the New York Times, the measurements will stretch through at least 2025 - the year that the United States, under President Obama, had pledged to meet its national commitment. The Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute will lead the analysis for the project, paid for by grants from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Reaching those same commitments without the help of the federal government will be an uphill battle, especially if big emitters like Texas remain indifferent to the effort. Jerry Brown and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee - also released new "guiding principles" for its members, including recognition of the environmental and economic threats of climate change and pursuit of climate action's inherent job-creation and environmental-rehabilitation benefits.

"It's very important that we renew our commitment to living on a healthy planet and leaving a healthy place for our children to live in", said Councilman Zareh Sinanyan. Despite President Trump's assertion that there are 20 countries in the G20, the Group of Twenty includes 19 member countries and the European Union, itself comprised of 28 member states - and all of the G20 members in Hamburg this month recommitted to the Paris Agreement, except the United States.

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