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Climate change commitments rejected by Trump still being met by local governments

The United States is expected to meet its targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions despite a rejection of efforts to do so by the Trump Administration.

Cities and states have individually made plans to meet the targets set out under ‘America’s Pledge’ which was rolled out by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and California Governor Jerry Brown last year.

The initiative was adopted by 227 cities and counties, nine states and more than 1,500 businesses, including Fortune 500 companies.

The findings outlined in a report from Bloomberg Philanthropies projected that US emissions would drop to 17 per cent below 2005 levels by 2025 if more than 3,000 leaders from states, cities, and businesses fulfil pledges they have made over the past year to cut carbon pollution.

America’s Pledge was launched soon after the White House announced it was leaving the 2015 Paris accord agreed by nearly 200 countries to curb climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The US is currently the only country to reject the climate accord.

“The Trump administration may have dropped the ball on climate action,” said Daniel Firger, a spokesman for Bloomberg Philanthropies, which commissioned the report.

“But the rest of the country, including thousands of cities, states and businesses, are picking it up,” he said speaking to Reuters.

The report was released on the sidelines of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, which is expected to draw about 4,500 delegates from city and regional governments around the world.

Should more mayors, governors and CEOs join the movement, reductions could hit the 24 per cent mark below 2005 levels by 2025, the authors said.

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