California Governor Teaming with NY Mayor to Track Climate Progress

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A major initiative to measure USA efforts to cut carbon emissions was announced today in a joint statement by California Governor Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"In the USA, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government - and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", Bloomberg said in a statement. Cities are responsible for 75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, so even actions that seem hyper-local - like increasing energy efficiency for municipal buildings or replacing fossil-fuel powered city buses with an electric fleet - can help bend the global emissions curve.

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The United States Climate Alliance, formed by states committed to upholding the Paris climate deal, has reached 14 members and it now has a website. 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. NAZCA, which was launched at the 2014 United Nations climate conference in Lima, Peru, already has some 12,549 commitments from cities, territories, regions, and businesses from around the world. "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 the USA, emission levels are determined far more by cities, states, and businesses than they are by our federal government - and each of these groups is taking action because it's in their own best interest", Bloomberg said in a statement. If a city is located in a state, and both are part of the coalition, for instance, how are those emissions reductions counted? America's Pledge is not intended as substitute for US federal government responsibility for climate policy and action. "Sub-national governments are a subset of a national economy, and clearly if they are all moving then the national economy is moving in terms of climate action".

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"Something could happen with respect to the Paris accord, let's see what happens", said Trump, Xinhua reported. Trump's departure from the Paris agreement may long roil the global diplomatic community, but the parties behind Bloomberg and Brown's plan hope to develop a playbook for emissions reductions that will help the USA meet its climate change agreements - whether or not it is a signatory to that treaty.

"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. Jerry Brown and Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee - also released new "guiding principles" for its members, including recognition of the environmental and economic threats of climate change and pursuit of climate action's inherent job-creation and environmental-rehabilitation benefits.

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"[The commitments] bode well for the years and decades to come", he said.

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