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Governors join Cuomo to bash Trump on climate

Governors join Cuomo to bash Trump on climate”

With hurricanes raging and global warming on their minds, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined forces with former Secretary of State John Kerry and California Gov.

The bipartisan coalition was founded by Cuomo, Brown and Inslee after President Trump announced the US intent to withdraw from Paris.

"Yeah, they are divided, but the key to these states is the Republican Party, and the key to the Republican Party is business", Brown said.

Gov. David Ige was among a number of governors who attended a conference in New York City this week on climate change, and said he's encouraged by the work community leaders are doing to address the issue. Cooper's office says the bipartisan alliance is committed to meeting its share of emission reduction targets the agreement had sought from the U.S. almost all of the alliance states are led by Democratic governors.

The Paris agreement is meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and to keeping the global temperature rise this century below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

"We're not backing up one centimeter from Paris, " the Washington state governor said.

We asked if states breaking away from the federal government only aggravates a large ideological divide in the country.

And a new report highlights their efforts to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions.

In addition to projecting that 24 to 29 percent collective emissions reduction by 2025, the report states that between 2005 and 2014, the 14 member states reduced their indigenous greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent - compared to a 10 percent reduction by the rest of the country. On a per-capita basis, economic output in Climate Alliance states expanded twice as fast as in the rest of the country, "showing that climate action and economic growth go hand-in-hand", according to Cooper's statement.

The Alliance states have attracted almost $100 billion in renewable energy investment since 2011.

NY energy and finance czar Richard Kauffman agreed with the former secretary of state, noting, "The U.S. Climate Alliance is showing that reducing emissions and economic growth can happen together".



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