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Liberal States Unite Against Trump's Paris Withdrawal

| by Jordan Smith

Three Democratic-controlled states have issued a joint statement in opposition to President Donald Trump's decision June 1 to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The governors of California, New York and Washington, whose states account for a fifth of U.S. economic output, pledged to do all they could to stick to their commitments under the deal, The Hill reported.

"The president has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion," Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California said, according to The Hill.

The statement did not propose any concrete actions by the three states, but noted they would do all they could to tackle climate change.

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"I don't believe fighting reality is a good strategy -- not for America, not for anybody. If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up," added Brown.

Brown was joined in signing the statement by Democratic Govs. Jay Inslee of Washington and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

"I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states," said Inslee. "Today's announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation."

Cuomo announced he was signing an executive order which would underscore "New York's leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet."

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Even prior to Trump's announcement, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that the city would "take matters into [its] own hands" if Trump decided to pull out. Such a move represented "a dagger aimed at the heart of New York City," de Blasio added, according to France 24.

In November 2016, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti initiated an open letter to then-President-elect Trump which was signed by 71 mayors. It urged Trump to remain in the Paris Agreement.

In early May, Cuomo joined with Brown, Inslee and the governors of a number of other states in addressing an open letter to Trump urging him to stick with the deal.

"We stand ready as state leaders to continue to support the achievement of the existing US Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement -- and if possible to go further, faster," the letter stated. "The policies we are implementing that support the US' achievement of its Paris commitment not only cut carbon pollution -- they also create jobs, boost competitiveness, and bring clean energy and a cleaner environment to our citizens."

Sources: The Hill, France 24 / Photo credit: Diana Robinson via Wikimedia Commons

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