The founding press statement was released on June 1 in three versions: “New York, California and Washington, which account for more than one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product, are committed to meeting the U.S. goal of reducing emissions by 26-28% from 2005 levels and meeting the federal Clean Energy Plan goals.”   The governors of the three founding states are members of the Democratic Party, although the alliance itself is formed as a bipartisan coalition open to membership in states governed by members of the Republican Party. After the election of Donald Trump, participants in the climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco, announced to the Ecosystem Marketplace that cities and states would fill all the leadership gaps that are growing in Washington, and many have repeated their views on the Bionic Planet podcast, available on iTunes, TuneIn, Stitcher and here: We have one of the richest energy reserves on the planet that are enough to get millions of workers out America`s poorest of poverty. But as part of this agreement, we are effectively locking up these reserves and taking the great wealth of our nation – it is a great wealth, it is a phenomenal wealth. Not so long ago, we had no idea that we had such wealth and that we were leaving millions and millions of families trapped in poverty and unemployment. These emission reductions continue to outbid countries outside the report`s proposed alliance to reduce emissions by only 3 to 11 per cent by 2025. By 2030, these countries could even increase their collective emissions by 3%. The next step could take place as early as November 4, when the government would finally be able to formally submit a request to withdraw from the Paris agreement (while President Trump has indicated his intention to leave the agreement, the United States remains a party to the agreement).
Despite what the White House is doing, there is inspiring leadership in cities and states to accelerate the fight against climate change across the country. In the glow of the Trump administration`s otherwise abysmal climate policy, states must be a glimmer of hope. Although President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, dozens of states – and hundreds of cities and businesses – are “still inside.” “We have to fight the desperation that some people feel because of climate denial and the Trump administration`s lack of planning,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said last year. On June 1, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the United States would end all participation in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement and begin negotiations to reintroduce the agreement “on a level playing field for the United States, its businesses, its workers, their people, its taxpayers” or form a new agreement.  In withdrawing from the agreement, Trump said that “the Paris agreement will hurt the U.S. economy” and “permanently penalize the United States.”   Trump stated that the withdrawal would be consistent with his America First policy.