In the wake of Donald Trump’s refusal to endorse the Paris climate accord, more than 300 mayors of cities large and small across the United States have promised to uphold the goals outlined in the agreement. Their initiative represents a commitment of over 65 million Americans to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner-running automobiles. This effort means that the mayors are choosing not to recognize or enforce the Trump administration’s new executive order that rolled back the Obama administration’s policies on gas emissions and energy production. The Paris accord also emphasizes overall environmental justice, a crackdown on greenhouse emissions, and an aim to keep the overall global temperature from rising no more than 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
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