California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

California Gov. Jerry Brown is racing to convince lawmakers to extend the state's cap-and-trade program which puts a price on carbon emitted by polluters including oil refineries like the Valero Benicia Refinery seen Wednesday

A coalition of US states, cities, businesses and colleges is committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as prescribed under the so-called Paris climate agreement, even after President Trump deemed the pact "unfair" and called for America to withdraw.

Building on this positive momentum, the America's Pledge initiative will for the first time aggregate the commitments of these and other "non-Party actors" in a report on the full range of climate-related activities across the whole of USA society.

Now boasting 14 member states and territories - including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Delaware, Virginia, Minnesota, Colorado, Oregon, Hawaii and Puerto Rico - representing 33 percent of the USA population, the alliance's No. 1 principle is continued support of the Paris Agreement, including the US goal of ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions roughly 28 percent from 2005 levels.

As the Trump administration abandons progressive climate action in favor of deregulation, California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a coalition of USA states, cities and businesses committed to driving down greenhouse gas emissions "with or without Washington".

"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.

Jerry Brown announced yet another plan Wednesday to keep the United States on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the global Paris climate agreement. The Rocky Mountain Institute and World Resources Institute will compile a list of efforts across the United States to fight global warming and will showcase the commitments in November at the United Nations climate change conference in Germany.

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 a statement for the coalition of pro-Paris Agreement signatories We Are Still In, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe challenged Trump's decision to retreat from the climate deal.

This afternoon, at a joint press meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the French president expressed his surprise following mounting criticism over Donald Trump's participation in the Bastille Day parade on July 14, saying Washington remained Paris's "strategic ally", despite "strong disagreement" over climate change. "We're already halfway there".

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

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

Almost 300 mayors, representing 60 million Americans, have also committed to adopt, honor, and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement by becoming Climate Mayors.

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

"This agreement is less about the climate and more about the rest of the world gaining a financial advantage over the United States", Trump said.

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