California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg Launch "America's Pledge"

California Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg Launch

California's Governor Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg launched the "America's Pledge" initiative to compile and quantify the actions of federal states, cities and businesses in the USA to reduce their GHG emissions in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Brown, Cuomo's California counterpart, said the USCA was the polar opposite of those who "bury their heads in the sand" regarding climate change - similar to the thinking behind Global Climate Action 2018, a worldwide climate-change summit Brown's office is hosting next year in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent Bloomberg has taken on a role as the United Nations' envoy for cities and climate change.

"Reducing emissions is good for the economy and good for public health", Bloomberg said. "We're already halfway there".

"Today we're sending a clear message to the world that America's states, cities and businesses are moving forward with our country's commitments under the Paris Agreement - with or without Washington", Brown said in a statement.

City staff members are expected to present to council a version of the Greener Glendale Plan sometime in the next year for consideration.

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The overall goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

In addition, the America's Pledge initiative will work to quantify the aggregate impact of these commitments on projected future emissions, comparing against both a business-as-usual (BAU) trajectory of projected greenhouse gas emissions under likely Trump Administration policies, and the U.S. Nationally Determined Contribution of 26-28% reductions against a 2005 baseline by 2025. The goal of America's Pledge is to "raise the bar" and "expand the map" as more governments and companies make commitment to reduce their carbon emissions.

The "America's Pledge" initiative includes an analytical effort lead by the Rocky Mountain Institute and the World Resources Institute. Trump's departure from the Paris agreement may long roil the worldwide 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.

Within hours of Trump's actions in early June, cities, states, and businesses announced their intention to stick with the Paris Accords, with more than 350 mayors pledging action, and numerous organizations and states also announcing their intentions via organizations such as We Are Still In.

As the Trump administration "abdicates its responsibility and ignores basic science", the USCA - which also accounts for some $7.16 trillion in gross domestic product, according to the alliance - will take up the slack, Cuomo said Thursday.

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