Trump hints at future talks on Paris climate accord, division still deep

Posted July 15, 2017

The United States Climate Alliance, dedicated to upholding US commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change, is making progress.

The accord was negotiated by 195 countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and adopted by consensus in 2015, and is set to take effect in 2020. "We're already halfway there".

Signees must commit to a number of efforts to combat climate change, including calling for emission reductions at the federal level, developing or updating a local climate action plan and regularly reporting a municipal inventory of greenhouse gases. This set of options, which will highlight the significant levers available to states, cities, and businesses to further reduce USA emissions, will serve as a playbook for enhanced ambition among US climate leaders who are committed to meeting America's commitments under the Paris Agreement.

According to a joint press release, NGOs including the Rocky Mountain Institute and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) will be tasked with compiling and quantifying data.

City staff members are expected to present to council a version of the Greener Glendale Plan sometime in the next year for consideration. At the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last Saturday, the European Union expressed support for the Paris agreement and criticized the USA for backing out - a move referred to as a "regrettable" by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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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.

Brown argues that America's Pledge is representative of the Americans who want to move forward on emissions reduction.

Brown, a Democrat, and Bloomberg, a Republican-turned Independent, have both played an outsized role on the world stage when it comes to fighting global warming. For example, Brown was recently named as a special advisor for states and regions ahead of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23). By reaching that target, the USA will meet our nation's commitment for reducing climate pollution that we set at climate talks in Paris in 2015. The governor has also had meetings with Germany's top environmental official, as well as with China's President Xi Jinping.

In immediate response to the Paris agreement withdrawal, hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses, and colleges and universities reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement through collaborations including the "We Are Still In" declaration, the Climate Mayors coalition of cities, the U.S. Climate Alliance group of states, and others.

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.