US MAYORS, GOVERNORS, UNIVERSITIES AND COMPANIES NEGOTIATING WITH UN TO BE PART OF PARIS ACCORD

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1 june 2017

Bucking Trump, These Cities, States and Companies Commit to Paris Accord

By HIROKO TABUCHI and HENRY FOUNTAIN, The New York Times, June 1, 2017

Representatives of American cities, states and companies are preparing to submit a plan to the United Nations pledging to meet the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions targets under the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement.

The unnamed group — which, so far, includes 30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses — is negotiating with the United Nations to have its submission accepted alongside contributions to the Paris climate deal by other nations.

“We’re going to do everything America would have done if it had stayed committed,” Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who is coordinating the effort, said in an interview.

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