Two of the nation’s foremost environmental leaders just launched a new plan for the US to fight climate change — with or without the federal government.
Governor Jerry Brown of California and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg announced “America’s Pledge” on Wednesday, an initiative aimed at keeping greenhouse gas emissions from US cities, states, and businesses consistent with the goals outlined in the Paris climate agreement.
The Obama administration set those benchmarks, along with nearly every nation in the world, in order to keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, a threshold that scientists say could keep the planet from launching into a tailspin of irreversible consequences. President Donald Trump had other plans, and withdrew the US from the global accord in June.
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