Many in the media have spent the past few weeks speculating wildly about whether or not Trump would pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord. Mayors and governors around the country, like most of us, knew what the likely answer was.
Minutes after President Trump’s announcement on Thursday, 70 mayors and several states announced a coalition to fight the White House’s decision and assume the role of global leadership in light of our weak and seemingly leaderless executive branch.
Governor Jerry Brown of California had perhaps the sharpest rebuttal, calling it an “insane course of action,” and declaring himself, and his state, “ready for battle.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Inslee of Washington announced with Governor Brown the creation of the United States Climate Alliance.
According to the governors, it’s a “a coalition that will convene US states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change.”
This newly formed alliance may be all that stands between a healthy future for our children and grandchildren and the isolationist lunatic elected to the highest office in the nation. But the question on my mind and the minds of millions of others is: will it be enough?
Only time will tell.
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