May 30, 2018
Reuters reports that a year after President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, experts lamented the move but welcomed efforts by cities and states to fill the gap.
“That was a dark day,” said Vicki Arroyo, executive director of Georgetown Climate Center. “A domino effect could have happened.”
While experts recognize the importance of getting the United States to again play a productive role in international climate talks, Reuters reports that, nevertheless, a deluge of state- and city-level policies adopted over the last 12 months in the United States, from emissions reductions targets to a push for electric cars, is a silver lining.
For example, Reuters reports that states, cities, and businesses representing more than half the U.S. economy and population have adopted targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, piecemeal regulation cannot match the policy reach of the federal government, Arroyo said.
“I don’t think that anyone would argue that we’re in a better position,” she said. “The task definitely got harder.”
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