Originally posted on www.forbes.com.
On Wednesday billionaire Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown launched America’s Pledge, a new initiative that will report on the individual efforts taken by U.S. states, cities and businesses to drive down greenhouse emissions “consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.” The announcement is a repudiation of President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement in June and is meant to show support for the agreement in the U.S.
The Paris Climate Accord, a pact made by nearly 200 countries in 2015, requires countries to scale down their carbon emissions, along with other measures to slow down the human causes of climate change. The reduction, however, has been interpreted as an effort to undermine American businesses and workers by President Trump, whose 2016 presidential campaign promised to revive the dying coal industry. Through the America’s Pledge initiative, Bloomberg and Brown aim to push back Trump’s policies while collaborating with dozens of other groups.
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