Colorado joins US Climate Alliance as 14th member

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It's the latest effort by cities and states, and Brown in particular, to fight back against President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the global pact.

Within hours of Trump's actions in early June, cities, states, and businesses announced their intention to stick with the Paris Accords, with more than 350 mayors pledging action, and numerous organizations and states also announcing their intentions via organizations such as We Are Still In.

Almost 300 mayors, representing 60 million Americans, have also committed to adopt, honor, and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement by becoming Climate Mayors.

The initiative announced Wednesday is called "America's Pledge". "We're already halfway there".

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A new coalition of states, cities and businesses led by California Gov.

America's Pledge joins subnational climate collaborations, including the "We Are Still In" declaration, the "Climate Mayors" coalition of cities and the "US Climate Alliance" group of states, set up since President Donald Trump's announcement of the US' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. In a public statement, Bloomberg said, "The American government may have pulled out of the Paris Agreement, but American society remains committed to it - and we will redouble our efforts to achieve its goals".

Under the Paris deal, former President Barack Obama's administration had vowed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

The overall ambition is to show the worldwide community how the combined effort of these subnational actors can significantly reduce USA greenhouse gas emissions and meet the US pledge "at a time of limited federal leadership".

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"Something could happen with respect to the Paris Accord, let's see what happens".

While backed by congressional Republicans, the USA withdrawal has been met with criticism on the world stage. For example, Brown was recently named as a special advisor for states and regions ahead of this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 23). The goal of America's Pledge is to "raise the bar" and "expand the map" as more governments and companies make commitment to reduce their carbon emissions. Instead, the cities, states, and businesses - known in official United Nations parlance as "non-party stakeholders" - will join a registry known as the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA). Despite President Trump's assertion that there are 20 countries in the G20, the Group of Twenty includes 19 member countries and the European Union, itself comprised of 28 member states - and all of the G20 members in Hamburg this month recommitted to the Paris Agreement, except the United States.

Adrienne Esposito, executive director of the Farmingdale-based Citizens Campaign for the Environment, said the president "made America into an global laughing stock".

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