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“We are still in” say U.S. states and businesses

WASHINGTON, DC: June 05, 2017. Ignoring Donald Trump, 1,219 governors, mayors, businesses, investors, colleges and universities in the U.S. have declared they will continue to ensure America remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

Jerry Brown and XiParticipating cities and states in a "we are still in" declaration represent 120 million Americans and contribute US$6.2 trillion to the U.S. economy. Additional endorsements from the business and investor community, with total annual revenues of US$1.4 trillion, include Apple, eBay, Gap Inc., Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Nike, in addition to hundreds of SMEs.

In a statement they say Trump's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change [and is] out of step with what is happening in the United States.

The signers agree the Paris Agreement is a blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity and that accelerating the U.S. transition to clean energy is an opportunity - not a liability - to create jobs, spur innovation, promote trade and ensure American competitiveness.

Since Trump's unilateral withdrawal from the international accord on June 01, over 200 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.

One of them is California's Jerry Brown who has also signed an agreement with China to combat climate change following a meeting with president Xi Jinping in Beijing (right), and opening the Under2 Coalition Clean Energy Forum in Sichuan Province.

The Coalition is made up of 170 jurisdictions on six continents committed to limiting the increase in global average temperature to below two degrees Celsius. The members represent more than 1.18 billion people and US$27.5 trillion GDP - equivalent to 16 percent of the global population and 37 percent of the global economy.

They include 10 U.S. states and eight U.S. cities that account for nearly one-third of America's population and GDP and are major contributors to the dramatic decrease in the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

"In the absence of leadership from Washington," added the "we are still in" group, "states, cities, colleges and universities, businesses and investors will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the U.S. remains a global leader in reducing emissions."

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