Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Michael Bloomberg and Governor of California launch new USA climate action plan

Michael Bloomberg and Governor of California launch new USA climate action plan

The lack of leadership by Trump on climate has inspired cities across the U.S.to pass their own resolutions supporting the Paris Agreement, and now there's even more they can do to counter Trump's inaction. As Jim Brainard, the GOP mayor of Carmel, Indiana and a supporter of climate action explained to TriplePundit last month, 80 percent of Americans live in towns and cities, and many of those governments have aligned their emissions goals with the Paris commitment.

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 US society. "We're already halfway there".

So far, seven states, including California and New York - the country's second and ninth-largest energy-related emitters- have signed on to the coalition, as well as 227 cities and counties and more than 1,600 businesses.

The announcement comes as California's Democratic governor leads efforts to push back against President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a 2015 deal made among almost 200 nations that committed each country to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown announced "America's Pledge,"a plan for cities and states to lead the way on cutting climate pollution 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025". The coalition aims to significantly reduce emissions "at a time of limited federal leadership", according to a press release.

The partnership between Bloomberg and Brown has amounted to a American shadow cabinet on climate policy, as global leaders have been quick to meet the governor and former mayor as they assure the world the U.S.is still vested in climate change leadership.

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In November, Brown and Bloomberg, along with other US governors, mayors, and business leaders, will present the climate commitments of USA subnational and non-state actors at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn, Germany, and offer a set of best practices to help fellow signatories continue to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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

Brown argues that America's Pledge is representative of the Americans who want to move forward on emissions reduction.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres also noted his support of the initiative. "This is demonstrably not an issue that can be addressed by national governments alone".

Still, last month in an effort to fill a climate leadership void, Bloomberg, a United Nations envoy on cities and climate change, committed $200 million to support city initiatives including projects to combat global warming through a grant program called the American Cities Initiative. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving.

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