'America's Pledge' promises USA action on climate despite Trump

The pledge will not, however, replace the United States' commitment to the Paris agreement.

In 2015, during the lead-up to the Paris conference on climate change, the USA submitted its "Nationally Determined Contribution" committing to reduce emissions 26-28% against 2005 levels by 2025. This set of options, which will highlight the significant levers available to states, cities, and businesses to further reduce USA emissions, will serve as a playbook for enhanced ambition among US climate leaders who are committed to meeting America's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

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".

America's Pledge joins subnational climate collaborations, including the "We Are Still In" declaration, the "Climate Mayors" coalition of cities and the "US Climate Alliance" group of states, set up since President Donald Trump's announcement of the US' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

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While launching a website and uniting a dozen-plus USA 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.

The plan would be the first to quantify the work of cities, states, and businesses, underscoring the wider effort to keep the U.S.in line with previous Paris agreement pledges without the support of the federal government. In addition to the cities, states, and businesses that have committed to action through the We Are Still In coalition, the effort includes the Climate Mayors coalition of cities and the U.S. Climate Alliance group of states. The analysis, led by the think-tanks World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute, will compare that effect with business-as-usual scenarios, as well as the Obama-era Paris commitment. "We're already halfway there". "This is demonstrably not an issue that can be addressed by national governments alone". Instead, the cities, states, and businesses - known in official United Nations parlance as "non-party stakeholders" - will join a registry known as the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA).

From the Real News file comes a digital milestone for the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the tenets of the Paris climate accord.

Brown argues that America's Pledge is representative of the Americans who want to move forward on emissions reduction. "If it happens, that will be wonderful, and if it doesn't, that'll be OK too", President Trump said. 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.

  • Adam Floyd