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American Cities and States Affirm Commitment to Paris Climate Agreement

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Written by JoAnn Chateau

If Donald Trump wanted to prove he is irrelevant, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement seals the deal. American mayors and governors are prepared to fill the gap. As NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio says, “When our national government falls down on the job, local government steps up.”

Mayor de Blasio Signs Executive Order to Adopt Goals of Paris Climate Agreement for New York City | NYC Mayor’s Office

“Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order today that promised New York City would commit to the principles enshrined in the Paris Climate Agreement following President Trump’s announcement that he would formally withdraw the nation from the accord.” ~ NYC Mayor’s Office

180 Us Climate Mayors Commit to Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Goals | Climate Mayors

“…We will continue to lead. We are increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We will buy and create more demand for electric cars and trucks. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions, create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. And if the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks…” ~ Climate Mayors

READ MORE: 180 Us Climate Mayors Commit to Adopt, Honor and Uphold Paris Climate Agreement Goals | Climate Mayors

Washington D.C. shines the green lights of solidarity with the Paris Climate Agreement.

Not just American cities, but cities around the world show their solidarity with green lights.

Cities and States Pledge Swift Climate Action in the Face of Paris Withdrawal | Think Progress

“On Thursday, President Donald Trump officially announced that the United States would be withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, citing the deal’s failure “to serve American interests.”

Hours later, governors, mayors, and environmental groups all had a different message: We’ll take it from here…”

~ Natasha Geiling

READ MORE: Cities and States Pledge Swift Climate Action in the Face of Paris Withdrawal | Think Progress

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord | The New York Times

“Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

The unnamed group — which, so far, includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses — is negotiating with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.

“We’re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,” Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is coordinating the effort, said in an interview…”

Hiroko Tabuchi and Henry Fountain

READ MORE: Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord | The New York Times

The United States Climate Alliance

On June 1, 2017, one day after Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing the United States from the voluntary Paris Climate Agreement, three states formed the United States Climate Alliance: California, New York, and Washington. The very next day (yesterday), six more states joined them: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Vermont, Oregon, and Massachusetts.

If your state has not yet joined, you may be interested in signing the I Want My State and City to Join the Paris Climate Agreement petition. The petition aims to address all 50 state governors and local city/county governments.

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • The Trump administration is on the wrong side of history. Unfortunately, however, it appears that they are interested in short-term gains and are willing to let history take care of itself. Thanks, Rosaliene, for promoting another way, both responsible and necessary.

  • It is so encouraging to see that the cities, states, and even some major corporations are NOT willing to lie down and let Trump have his way. I can only imagine what this wave of resistance is doing to his huge, yet fragile ego! Great post!

  • Florida is not one of the states that is resisting the Trump decision to reject climate change . How insane.!

    • That must be due to every big corporation’s friend, Gov. Rick Scott. (How insane that he was elected – wasn’t he involved with a Medicare scandal?)

      • I believe it was his attempt to overturn Medicaid in Florida. His reelection was a total disgrace given that he basically ignored South Florida.

      • It also was Rick Scott who forbade his state officials from using the words “climate change” or “global warming” in print or speeches. The man is surrounded on three sides by sea water and he decided that climate change is like Voldemort and its name cannot be spoken to make it go away. Mr. Scott, the risk is still there.

      • That is right, Keith. And Trump’s Mar-a-Lago will be going under water, too. I guess unrestrained greed turns brain cells into mush.

    • I long for the day when we can look back at the (hopefully short) reign of Trump and call it a hiccup in history, never to be repeated. He endangers the planet with many of his ideologies.

  • Thanks for putting this together, JoAnn. Here in Los Angeles, I stand with our mayor and the governor of California in moving forward with achieving our goals of reducing our carbon footprint and transitioning to clean energy.

    • California is a great leader in renewable living. It’s very exciting how the cities and states are leading this American endeavor. I think we can dispense with the Trump Administration all together. :)

  • JoAnn, this is excellent news. What may surprise the President is the amount of wind energy already being produced in so called red states, including EPA director Pruitt’s home state of Oklahoma. Iowa gets over 31% of its electricity from wind and Texas gets just under 13%, leading the way with the most wind energy given its size. We are passed the tipping point on renewable energy and the President and Pruitt don’t know it or don’t want others to know. Keith

      • JoAnn, thanks for sharing the link to your earlier piece. What I find interesting is that oil tycoon, T. Boone Pickens, is a big proponent of wind energy and has led efforts in Texas and in his native Oklahoma, where Scott Pruitt hails. Keith

      • It doesn’t seem consistent, does it. Fossil fuels are on the wane, and renewables are the new tech that’ll make investors money.

        I suspect the fossil fuel industry, which includes vast land holdings so ruined they are good for nothing else, wants to squeeze every last dollar out — because they will take a huge loss eventually. Think Koch Brothers and all their meddling in our politics.

    • JoAnn, you might find of interest the Koch Brothers are buying up water rights. The World Economic Forum rates our global water crisis as the bigger risk than slowly reacting to climate change, which makes the water problem worse. Yet, so few people are talking about it, at least in the states. Fracking sucks so much water out of the system that cannot be put back, so I feel this is a reason for the purchase. Or, it may be as simple as Stephen Solomon’s book on “Water” where he coined the phrase “water is the new oil.”

      By the way the big genius portrayed in the movie “The Big Short,” who saw the financial crisis coming and tried to warn people only to be laughed at until he made hundreds of billions betting against these same companies, is investing in one key commodity right now – water. Makes you wonder.


      • That is very interesting, Keith. The Koch Brothers are posed to capitalize on the very destruction that their own fossil fuel industry created.

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