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Paris Agreement: “We Are Still In’ Say Leaders in U.S. Economy

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1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, and colleges and universities from across the U.S. or with significant operations in the U.S., representing the broadest cross section of the American economy yet assembled in pursuit of climate action, June 5 declared their intent to continue to ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

Through a newly launched website www.wearestillin.com, the signatories, sent a strong signal to the international community and the 194 other parties to the Paris Agreement about the continued commitment of the U.S. to ambitious action on climate change, and to delivering concrete emissions reductions that will help meet America’s emissions pledge under the Paris Agreement.

Signatories include leaders from 125 cities, 9 states, 902 businesses and investors, and 183 colleges and universities. Participating cities and states represent 120 million Americans and contribute $6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy.

Oregon, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dubuque, Iowa are some of the cities thatsigned the statement. In total the undersigned businesses and investors account for a total annual revenue of $1.4 trillion and include over 20 Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike.

The statement indicates that the Trump administration’s decision to quit the Climate Change Agreement (the Paris Agreement) “undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change” and is “out of step with what is happening in the United States.” T

The signers indicate that the Paris Agreement is an opportunity – not a liability – to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness.

By declaring that “we are still in,” the signatories say they are “putting the best interests of their constituents, customers, students and communities first while assuring the rest of the world that American leadership on climate change extends well beyond the federal government.”

In addition to this statement, ‘Climate Mayors’ have adopted the Paris Agreement goals for their cities, 13 Governors have formed the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance, and 17 governors have released individual statements standing by Paris.