- Since taking office, President Trump has initiated a number
of rollbacks against Obama-era climate policies, including
pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.
- But states are standing up against him: 24 states and Puerto
Rico have joined the US Climate Action Alliance, a bipartisan
coalition of governors who vow to stick to the original carbon
emission reduction goals set by the Paris agreement.
- Each state has committed to policies that aim to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by around 27% below 2005 levels by 2025.
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Since taking office, President Trump has significantly weakened
federal policy by pulling out of the
Paris climate agreement, working to repeal nearly
100 environmental protection laws, and continuously
advocating for the use of coal.
But states are fighting back.
Since 2017, nearly half of state governors and Puerto Rico have
signed legislation that will uphold Paris agreement emission
But it's not clear if it's enough.
According to 2016 data, these 25 members account for only
about 42% of US carbon emissions.
Leah Stokes, an assistant professor of political science at the
University of California said that while state efforts are making
an impact, action at the federal level will be required if we
want to cut carbon emissions in half and avoid
catastrophic warming in the next decade.
"I think it's kind of a race with the clock at this point in
time," she told Insider. "We know we have to cut our emissions in
half by 2030... to do that we need to make a lot of progress to
clean up our electricity systems."
But that's not to undermine the progress of local governments,
Stokes explained. The American public is mobilizing and climate
change policy has gained more traction in the 2020 presidential
Here's a breakdown of states involved in the Climate
Action Alliance, and some of the ways they've vowed to combat