Jose Adan Aguerri, President of the Superior Council for Private Business, saluted the announcement by tweeting that it is the right decision for the Government to sign the Paris Agreement and join the global effort of the fight against climate change.
"We made the president's position unambiguous, to where the president stands, where the administration stands on Paris", Gary Cohn, director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters after an informal breakfast meeting that also included ministers from a dozen countries and the European Union on the sidelines of the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders. The move came weeks after President Trump announced he was pulling the USA out of the Paris Climate Accord.
The Climate Alliance includes: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. Today's report assessed climate action by Alliance states and found that they are not only on track to fulfill their contribution to meeting the Paris Agreement targets, but have also outpaced the rest of the country in reducing greenhouse gas emissions - 15 percent from 2005 to 2015 - while continuing to grow their economies.
US officials appeared to hold fast to the decision at the United Nations General Assembly this week.
Almost 200 countries signed the deal in December 2015 in an effort to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and contain global warming while helping poorer countries adapt to an already-changed planet.
During that same decade, the combined economic output of Alliance states grew by 14 percent as the rest of the country grew by 12 percent.
The report does not indicate any potential policy shifts from the Trump administration, which has acted aggressively to reverse much of the Obama administration's climate change work and shift the conversation about the issue in the United States.
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