Since President Trump announced he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, over 1,400 U.S. cities, states and businesses have stepped up to vow that they would do so independently of the federal government.

The United States Climate Alliance, a bi-partisan group of states, is committed to upholding the agreement. The goal of the alliance is to bring states together to reduce emissions 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels, in order to meet or exceed the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan, which Trump has promised to undo.

Nearly 300 mayors, representing 60 million Americans, have also committed to adopt, honor, and uphold the Paris Climate Agreement by becoming Climate Mayors. Last week the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which includes both Republican and Democratic mayors, adopted a series of resolutions that are far more assertive than federal climate policy, including a pledge supporting cities’ adoption of 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

The overwhelming majority of Americans, including those who voted for President Trump, support climate action, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

We call upon Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to make the commitment to join the United States Climate Alliance and we call upon Clinton Mayor Mark Vulich and all area mayors to become a Climate Mayor.

Laura Anderson,

Franciscan Peace Center Marketing Director

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