US cities, states defy Trump, still back Paris cli­mate deal

The Standard Journal - - NATIONAL -

BONN, Ger­many — A group of U.S. states, cities, busi­nesses and uni­ver­si­ties said Satur­day they are still com­mit­ted to curb­ing global warm­ing even as U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion is walk­ing away from the Paris cli­mate ac­cord. But the al­liance, which has an econ­omy larger than Ja­pan and Ger­many com­bined, says it won’t be able to achieve the nec­es­sary cut in green­house gas emis­sions with­out some ef­forts at the fed­eral level.

“It is im­por­tant for the world to know, the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment may have pulled out of the Paris agree­ment, but the Amer­i­can peo­ple are com­mit­ted to its goals, and there is noth­ing Wash­ing­ton can do to stop us,” for­mer New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a global cli­mate meet­ing in Bonn, Ger­many.

Gov. Jerry Brown of Cal­i­for­nia echoed those com­ments.

“In the United States, we have a fed­eral sys­tem, and states have real power as do cities.

“And when cities and states com­bine to­gether, and then join with pow­er­ful cor­po­ra­tions, that’s how we get stuff done,” he said.

His speech was briefly in­ter­rupted by anti-coal and anti-frack­ing pro­test­ers, who held up ban­ners and shouted “We’re still in! Trump’s still out!”

The group call­ing it­self “Amer­ica’s Pledge” said states, cities and pri­vate groups have been tak­ing con­sid­er­able steps to re­duce emis­sions by pro­mot­ing re­new­able en­ergy use and cli­mate-friendly trans­porta­tion sys­tems.

“This is a pledge, and it’s a pledge that you can cash, be­cause it’s real,” Brown said. “We are do­ing real stuff in Cal­i­for­nia.”

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