As Trump Steps Away from Paris Climate Agreement, U.S. States, Cities and Businesses Step Up

Read the full story from the World Resources Institute.

U.S. states, cities and businesses are an essential part of the response to the global climate crisis – and their role is ever more crucial as the Trump administration moves to pull the United States from the historic Paris Agreement.

The next step could come as soon as November 4, when the administration would finally be able to formally submit a request to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (while President Trump has signaled his intention of leaving the accord, the United States remains a party to it). Regardless of what the White House does, there is inspiring leadership in cities and states to accelerate climate action across the country.

In the two years since the current administration announced it would withdraw from the agreement, states, cities, businesses, universities, and others have joined coalitions supporting the Paris Agreement, including We Are Still In, the U.S. Climate Alliance, and Climate Mayors. Today, these subnational climate actors represent 65% of the U.S. population and 68% of the economy, according to the America’s Pledge Initiative.

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