Jerry Brown, other governors, John Kerry promote 15-state Climate Alliance

Jerry Brown, other governors, John Kerry promote 15-state Climate Alliance”

"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.

The 15-state coalition was formed earlier this summer in response to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord.

A coalition of states that formed after President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw the USA from the landmark Paris climate agreement will meet or exceed its goals for reducing carbon emissions.

Their pledge includes reducing carbon emissions in line with other nations.

Paris deal supporters, including Kerry, have predicted Trump's withdrawal would cause nearly irreparable damage to America's standing overseas and potentially its ability to negotiate diplomatic agreements.

NY and 14 other states are part of what is known as the U.S. Climate Alliance, which represents roughly 36 percent of the U.S. population and 41 percent of the nation's gross domestic product.

Cuomo said Washington is in "denial" about climate change, despite a procession of ever more powerful storms. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, announced the achievement Wednesday.

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

Alliance members' progress and the growth in their ranks is welcome news.

And there are plenty of those, according to Kerry, who noted Wednesday that governors Cuomo, Brown and Inslee - and other political leaders throwing their lot in with the bipartisan USCA - "know the stakes in the climate fight".

During that same decade, the combined economic output of USCA states grew by 14 percent - while the rest of the country's economic output grew by only 12 percent, with Alliance states' economic output expanding twice as fast as the rest of the country on a per-capita basis, according to the report.

It was a privilege to attend today's event, where the governors announced that North Carolina has joined the alliance.

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.

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