America's Pledge Reveals U.S. States, Cities, and Businesses Accelerated Their Climate Progress Despite Trump, Global Pandemic, and Economic Downturn
- Bottom-up climate leadership has kept the U.S. on a path of climate progress; post-election federal leadership can put America back in alignment with the Paris Agreement
- Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, states, cities, and businesses can reduce emissions up to 37% by 2030 with or without help from Washington
- Due to unprecedented leadership from non-federal actors, strong market forces, and overwhelming demand, the U.S. has passed a tipping point in its clean energy transition
NEW YORK, September 14, 2020 /3BL Media/ - Today, America’s Pledge co-chairs, former California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. and Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP & Bloomberg Philanthropies, and three-term Mayor of New York City, unveiled America’s Pledge’s fourth analysis, which finds that despite the past four years of environmental rollbacks from President Trump’s administration, non-federal actors have successfully counterbalanced the climate denial and obstruction from the White House. This has made it possible for the U.S. to reach net zero emissions by 2050 with aggressive federal climate re-engagement in 2021.
The unique circumstances of the past year demanded two separate analyses from America’s Pledge to determine the state of bottom-up climate leadership in the U.S.: an impact analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic on our future climate and energy outlook, titled Delivering on America’s Pledge: Achieving Climate Progress in 2020, as well as an assessment of U.S. climate progress from states, cities, and businesses throughout the past three years, titled We Are Still In to Deliver on America’s Pledge: A Retrospective, published in partnership with the We Are Still In coalition.