Donald Trump's Climate Change Denial Ignites the Grass Roots

Posted July 15, 2017

This time, he's teaming up with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to launch "America's Pledge", an initiative to compile all of the climate change-fighting commitments of states, cities, businesses and universities in one place where they can be easily tracked and shared.

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.

"The American government may have pulled out of the Paris agreement, but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals", Michael Bloomberg, a United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change and coalition leader, said in a statement. "Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health".

Climate action will continue to happen in the USA thanks to action by cities, states, businesses, and grassroots advocates, including the Sierra Club and our Beyond Coal and Ready For 100 Campaigns.

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According to Christine Powers, a program supervisor with the city, there is no formal way for cities to sign onto the United Nations climate accord, but mayors who join the Climate Action Agenda adopt the "spirit and the goals" of the Paris Agreement.

The new pledge includes 227 cities and counties, 9 states and around 1,650 investors and businesses who aim to pursue the country's initial commitment to reduce its GHG emissions by 26 to 28 per cent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels.

The overall ambition is to show the worldwide community how the combined effort of these subnational actors can significantly reduce USA greenhouse gas emissions and meet the US pledge "at a time of limited federal leadership".

The nationwide plan, named America's Pledge, may be the beginning of concrete, organized action taken in response to President Trump's announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, the landmark worldwide agreement to fight climate change. "The American government may have pulled out of the Paris Agreement, but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals".

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"Something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord, let's see what happens".

Outside experts with the World Resources Institute and the Rocky Mountain Institute, two USA -based non-profits, have been retained to conduct the study on current and projected emissions of "America's Pledge" affiliates. 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.

Also backing the initiative was California Governor Jerry Brown, who separately yesterday sought to drum up support for a new state-wide package of legislation aimed at tackling local air pollution and strengthening its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

However, Trump reportedly made a strong show of friendship to Macron in Paris yesterday, asserting that the two could work together closely despite their differences of opinion on climate change, although the US President remained non-committal on the possibility of the America re-joining the Paris Agreement, according to the Guardian.

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"This is demonstrably not an issue that can be addressed by national governments alone", he said. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed over half a billion dollars.