US States Committed to Climate Deal One Year after Trump Exit

(From The Washington Examiner)

A group of 16 states and Puerto Rico are marking the one-year anniversary of President Trump’s June 1 exit from the Paris climate change agreement by re-upping their commitment to the nonbinding deal signed by former President Barack Obama.

The U.S. Climate Alliance, including governors from the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and California, announced Thursday that they are reducing greenhouse gas emissions faster than the rest of the country, while raising economic output at double the rate of the nation.

“The U.S. Climate Alliance now represents 40 percent of the U.S. population and a $9 trillion economy, greater than the third-largest country in the world, and U.S. Climate Alliance states are on track to meet their share of the Paris Agreement emissions target by 2025,” the states reported.

The states, led by Democratic Govs. Jerry Brown of California and Jay Inslee of Washington, formed the alliance last year when Trump announced his decision to leave the Paris accord. They pledged to pull together an alliance of states committed to the goals that Obama backed in agreeing to the Paris deal. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland is the only Republican in the alliance.

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