In response to the news President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Governor Cuomo joined California Governor Edmund G. Brown and Washington Governor Jay Inslee to announce the United States Climate Alliance, a coalition that will convene states committed to taking aggressive action on climate change. There is a growing consensus among local leadership that if Washington will not act on climate then the states must.
More than 1,200 US mayors, companies, university presidents and state governors pledged by Monday to uphold the Paris Agreement to combat climate change. It is a bid to circumvent the move by President Donald Trump to withdraw from the landmark accord. In an open letter posted online, the signatories vowed to continue their support of the deal “in the absence of leadership from Washington.”
“The Trump administration’s announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world’s ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change,” the letter says.
A poll taken after the announcement indicates that nearly 6 in 10 Americans oppose withdrawing from the Paris agreement.