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Governors Report 14 States and Puerto Rico are 'On Track' to Hit Paris Climate Targets

 


(September 20, 2017) New York, NY -- Citing recent extreme weather event as further evidence of the urgent need for climate solutions, the U.S. Climate Alliance (USCA)--an effort among 14 states and Puerto Rico to reduce greenhouse gas emissions--released a report showing that member states are collectively on track to meet and possibly exceed their portion of the U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement. Representing the USCA, Governors Brown (CA) Cuomo (NY), and Inslee (WA), were joined by former Secretary of State John Kerry to discuss how governors can step up given the void of federal climate action. North Carolina is the newest member of the USCA, affirming the state’s commitment to climate action.

The bipartisan coalition, launched by Governors Cuomo, Brown, and Inslee as a response to President Trump’s announcement to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, has grown to encompass 36 percent of the U.S. population and more than $7 trillion of America’s GDP. Wednesday’s event marks the first public meeting of the Climate Alliance co-chairs, where they presented a joint accounting of their emissions reductions progress, as well as an independent forecast showing the 15 members are collectively on track to uphold their portion of the Paris Agreement targets.

The main findings of the report include:

Climate Alliance states are collectively on track to reach a 24 to 29 percent reduction below 2005 levels emission rates by 2025, helping to achieve the US Paris Agreement targets. Between 2005 and 2015, Alliance states reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent (compared to a 10 percent reduction by the rest of the country).

During that same decade, the combined economic output of Alliance states grew by 14 percent (the rest of the country grew by 12 percent). On a per capita basis, economic output in Alliance states expanded twice as fast as in the rest of the country, showing that climate action and economic growth can go hand in hand.

USCA’s progress report comes two months before world leaders convene in Germany for COP 23, where countries will detail their plans to meet the Paris Agreement. Countries from around the world have reaffirmed their commitment to continue reducing emissions, despite Trump’s withdrawal from the Agreement. The USCA will be represented at COP 23 this fall to report on their climate progress and detail further plans additional solutions to pool resources and confront the global threat of climate change.

 

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