Rival Group Claims U.S. Representation at Climate Conference

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November 13, 2017

The official U.S. delegation to the United Nations climate summit has scheduled a meeting on the future of coal. Sensing the irony, a rival group made up of leaders of large U.S. states, cities, and businesses has requested its own represenation at the summit.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a keynote speaker at an event to launch a drive called America's Pledge, an effort to ensure that climate change is at the forefront of discussions involving representatives of America. Current California Gov. Jerry Brown is also in attendance, as are four U.S. Senators, several mayors, and a handful of representatives of major U.S. corporations.

Brown also spoke at the event, as did Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto and Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey.

The America's Pledge event included the publication of a report that, in part, found a total gross domestic product of $10 trillion produced by 20 states and more than 50 cities (some very large) that have made individual pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

President Trump in June announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris agreement. Because of the complicated nature of the withdrawal, it would not take full effect until 2020.

Recently, Syria signed on to the Paris agreement, leaving the United States as the only country in the world not to be part of it.

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