July 6, 2017 by Ellie Johnston
In the wake of President Trump’s announcement that he will withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement, hundreds of cities, states, tribes, counties, and universities have committed themselves to reducing CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s goals to limit climate change.
Overall, more than half of the US population lives in an area that has committed to the Paris climate goals, representing about 36% of United States carbon emissions.
If these cities, states, and counties, that have stepped forward to adopt the Paris goals are successful, they could deliver 20% to 36% of the emissions reductions in 2025 that the US initially pledged under the Paris Agreement.
Dr. Elizabeth Sawin, Co-Director of Climate Interactive, said of this result, “It is encouraging that cities and states have already stepped forward to offer around a third of the emissions reductions that were anticipated under the Paris Agreement. But more is needed, both from those yet to adopt Paris goals, and in terms of federal policy that can help enable the success of those cities and states who have stepped forward.”
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