U.S. to Withdraw from Paris Agreement; States and Local Governments Vow to Step Up

Yesterday, President Trump announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement.  Citing concerns about job loss, reduced economic productivity, and costs to taxpayers, President Trump stated that the U.S. would “cease all implementation” of the Paris Agreement.  The President added that he would be willing to re-enter the Paris Agreement, or a separate agreement, under newly negotiated terms.

Shortly after the announcement, the governors of California, New York, and Washington announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, a new coalition of states committed to upholding the Paris Agreement and taking action against climate change.  Similarly, 86 mayors announced their intention to uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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