Paris Accord US Commitment Still Alive

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The process of developing America's Pledge will also provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition from US states, cities, businesses and others, and will transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how and in which ways these entities can help the USA deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement.

Gov. Jerry Brown and former Republican New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday a climate change initiative that will track and showcase how much states, cities and businesses in the United States are doing to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to show the world that Americans are still on board with the goals outlined in the landmark Paris agreement.

The United States Climate Alliance, dedicated to upholding USA commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change, is making progress.

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The Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute will devise a system to quantify all the Carbon dioxide commitments, before Bloomberg, Brown and other regional and business leaders present a showcase of United States climate commitments to the upcoming COP23 global climate summit in Bonn, Germany, later this year.

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The United Nations' chief, António Guterres, said in a statement the plan to assess how USA cities, states and others are contributing to slashing global greenhouse gas emissions was "welcome". The two leaders are disagree on climate policy, with Macron a vocal supporter of the Paris Agreement who has openly criticised the Trump's decision to back out of the accord. "We're already halfway there".

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.

"Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health", Bloomberg said. 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. The process of developing America's Pledge will also provide a roadmap for increased climate ambition from USA states, cities, businesses and others, and will transparently demonstrate to the worldwide community how and in which ways these entities can help the US deliver on its pledge under the Paris Agreement.

"To see states and cities in the USA and territories and regions around the globe align their ambition and plans with the aims of the Paris agreement is nearly unprecedented in the history of United Nations environmental treaties". The Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute will jointly lead an inclusive analytical effort to measure emission reduction efforts by those aligned with America's Pledge.

The initiative hopes to present their findings to the United Nations at a Bonn, Germany, climate meeting in November. "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". In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.

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