Early last month President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. This pact is aimed at combating climate change around the world and helping nations adapt to its effects by requiring countries to present plans to reduce carbon emissions. The accord requires countries to set their own targets for reducing emissions by 2020. The U.S. had committed to reducing carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025.
Within days of the departure announcement, nearly 250 city mayors and a dozen states, including several in the West, allied with companies and universities vowing to fulfill the goals of the accord despite the administration’s stand on climate change. In support of such global efforts, for example, Hawaii became the first state in the U.S. to pass laws enforcing portions of the accord. California, with the sixth-largest economy in the world, recently passed legislation to ensure the state gets 100 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2045 and set a goal to reach 50 percent renewable energy by 2020.