Alliance of blue states vows to meet Paris climate goals without Trump

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President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said at a United Nations meeting on Monday that the United States is standing by its plans to abandon the Paris climate pact unless there is a renegotiation more favorable to Washington, a step for which the global community has little appetite.

Although she did not mention the USA president directly, she used the speech to say the Paris climate change accord was as key to maintaining global security as the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

"In my opinion, this federal government is the most ignorant federal government we've ever had when it comes to the environment and climate change", Cuomo said.

"We're doing something in the face of inaction", said Governor Brown in New York City today at the first public meeting of U.S. Climate Alliance co-chairs.

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.

"I believe that the only way for us to respond to this vast array of challenges is to come together and defend the global order that we have worked so hard to create and the values by which we stand", she said.

According to a new report, the 14 alliance states reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent from 2005 to 2015. The gathering will also help strengthen the push for greater emissions reduction targets at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change's 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in December 2018. "We have already had meetings addressing the issue and we have already programmed the adhesion of Nicaragua and the signing of the Country Agreement".

Cooper recently signed into law House Bill 589, Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina, which his office said would roughly double North Carolina's solar generation during the next four years.

The country has already set ambitious goals to reduce 90 percent of its power needs with clean energy by 2020, and is expected to announce its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) soon.

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