California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

15 July, 2017, 00:09 | Author: Ora Austin
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Since President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, over 1,400 us cities, states and businesses have stepped up to vow that they would do so independently of the federal government.

Brown is serving as a special adviser to states and regions at the Germany gathering, while Bloomberg was appointed a special envoy for cities and climate change in 2014 by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Colorado's Governor John Hickenlooper signed an executive order committing the state to climate goals, including to: reduce statewide GHG emissions by more than 26% from 2005 levels by 2025; reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the electricity sector by 25% by 2025 and by 35% by 2030 from 2012 levels; and achieve electricity savings of 2% of total electricity sales per year by 2020.

The alliance - launched in May, just hours after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the worldwide greenhouse-gas action plan - this week flipped the switch on its first website, an online hub designed "to inform Americans on state actions to address climate change after the USA was the lone holdout in affirming the Paris Agreement at the G20 Summit", according to a statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office.

Pic: ReutersNEW YORK: U.S. cities and states will work with experts to measure their progress toward meeting Paris climate agreement goals, representatives said on Wednesday, sidestepping President Donald Trump's decision to pull the country out of the global pact. 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 will also include the effects of climate-friendly policies that are already in effect at local levels, whether or not they are part of the coalition.

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Nutall said that while the United Nations welcomes the initiative from US cities, states, and businesses, the challenge will be quantifying the effect of climate action from diverse and potentially overlapping actors, a process that will likely stretch well beyond this year's climate conference.

"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord".

The overwhelming majority of Americans, including those who voted for President Trump, support climate action, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

While launching a website and uniting a dozen-plus US territories are relatively small achievements, the rhetoric is likely to play big across Long Island, where funding for and commercialization of "clean energy" technologies have become socioeconomic lifelines - and environmentalists, economists and other observers lambasted Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.

These intricately detailed plans will "transparently demonstrate to the global community how these entities can help the United States deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement". 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.

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