ClimateWire: Trump Ignites Climate Pledges with Paris Withdrawal

June 6, 2017

ClimateWire interviewed Vicki Arroyo to gain her insights about the unprecedented support from subnational leaders for taking global climate action. As ClimateWire reported, governors, mayors and CEOs are clamoring to sign on to a slate of new climate pacts organized after President Trump announced he would leave the Paris Agreement.

Thirteen states and territories, including two with Republican governors, are joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, launched by California, New York and Washington. As of June 5, 2017, the U.S. Climate Alliance also included Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

A different coalition of nine states, 125 cities, and hundreds of businesses and universities signed an open letter that declared "we are still in" the international deal. Despite a tough road ahead, longtime observers of climate action groups say the "We Are Still In" letter is unprecedented.

"It's a platform that we've never really seen before that's come together in record time to show that subnational groups across this country want to continue to demonstrate climate leadership in the absence of federal leadership," Arroyo told ClimateWire. "We're still in, we're still at the table in our own way."

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