The United States is almost halfway toward achieving the goals of the Paris climate accord, thanks to the efforts of state and city government, a new report says.
The report, entitled "Fulfilling America’s Pledge: by the America’s Pledge initiative" — led by California Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — found current commitments and market forces will cut emissions by 17% below 2005 levels by 2025, around two-thirds of the way to the pledge of 26-28%. The report said city and state governments deserve credit as well as businesses, having argued earlier this year for a "bottom-up strategy" to fight climate change.
"While headlines focus on the political fights in Washington, the real action on climate change is happening in cities, states and the private sector," Bloomberg said in a statement. "Those groups are positioning the U.S. to uphold our end of the Paris Agreement, no matter what happens in Washington."
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