Even during COVID-19, states, cities, and businesses are making progress on a climate-friendly future

Fortunately, the pandemic and economic downturn haven’t obstructed climate action so far, at least at the nonfederal level. That’s according to a new analysis from America’s Pledge, an initiative launched by Michael Bloomberg and then-California Governor Jerry Brown in 2017, sparked by the Trump Administration’s decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. America’s Pledge focuses on quantifying the climate actions of states, cities, and businesses in the absence of federal support, and has shown that even without federal backing, those forces can help the U.S. hit the Paris climate goals.

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Jerry Brown and Michael Bloomberg: Even without the Trump administration, the U.S. is upholding its commitment to the Paris climate agreement

America’s Pledge will report this collective progress to the Global Climate Action Summit that starts Wednesday in San Francisco. The effort, by our calculations, will put the country within striking distance of the 26% reduction in greenhouse gases, by 2025, that the United States promised to hit in Paris. The report outlines 10 areas where U.S. cities, towns and organizations can focus their attention to cut emissions even more quickly, even without support from the federal government. Our message to the world is simple: The United States is taking bold steps to uphold our end of the deal. And we have market forces and public opinion on our side.

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces the American Cities Climate Challenge to Support Mayors Tackling Climate Change in the United States

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Half of U.S. Spending Power Behind Paris Climate Agreement

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Donald Trump Might Not Agree with Michael Bloomberg and Jerry Brown On Climate Change, But Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron Do

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America’s ‘other half’ steps up climate efforts

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The Trump administration went to the UN climate talks to promote coal

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Bloomberg: Paris climate deal ‘will be met’

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Op-ed: The U.S. Is Tackling Global Warming, Even if Trump Isn’t

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Alternative US group wants seat at UN talks

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