Calif. Gov., Bloomberg Launch New Climate Coalition

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"America's Pledge", as the plan has been dubbed, comes a month after the White House announced it was leaving the 2015 Paris accord agreed by almost 200 countries to curb climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

The Trump Administration may have walked away from the Paris Accord, but that policy shift is not stopping other political leaders and the private sector from moving forward on climate action.

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.

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. In a public statement, Bloomberg said, "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".

Under the Paris deal, former President Barack Obama's administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. "We're already halfway there".

In immediate response to the Paris agreement withdrawal, hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses, and colleges and universities reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement through collaborations including the "We Are Still In" declaration, the Climate Mayors coalition of cities, the U.S. Climate Alliance group of states, and others. Rather, the pledge aims to quantify, communicate and encourage climate action in the United States, as participants across the USA find new ways to work with the worldwide community and interact with global climate policy processes.

Now, one of the Climate Alliance's co-founders, California Governor Jerry Brown, has teamed up with businessman and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg to launch "America's Pledge".

Presenting the legislative package to state senate lawmakers yesterday, Brown argued there was an urgent need to combat climate change, which he described as a "threat to organised existence", according to US News.

"Something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord, let's see what happens". 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. Despite President Trump's assertion that there are 20 countries in the G20, the Group of Twenty includes 19 member countries and the European Union, itself comprised of 28 member states - and all of the G20 members in Hamburg this month recommitted to the Paris Agreement, except the United States.

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