Petitions have been launched across the country to convince state governors to accede to the Paris Agreement or cancel Trump`s planned withdrawal, which included a “ParisMyState” and a MoveOn petition, which received more than 535,000 signatures.     The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (GRG), which limits carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in nine northeastern states, is about to grow. New Jersey will join the 10th state in January, and Virginia is expected to join in 2021. The governor of Pennsylvania recently signed an executive order to develop rules to adhere to the initiative that will make Pennsylvania the first major fossil fuel state to join. To accelerate the transition to clean energy, California, Nevada, Washington, Maine, New York, New Mexico, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have joined Hawaii and passed 100% clean electricity laws. Most of them have set their targets for 2040 to 2050, with provisional targets on the way. Together, they account for 16% of U.S. electricity demand. Other states, including New Jersey, Vermont and Maryland, have set a goal of achieving 50% or more of clean electricity by 2030.
Several environmental groups, such as the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, have condemned Mr. Trump`s decision.   American environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben, founder of the 350.org Climate Change Action Group, called it “a stupid and ruthless decision – our nation`s stupidest act since the start of the Iraq war.” McKibben wrote that Trump`s decision to step down “is a complete rejection of two civilizing forces on our planet: diplomacy and science.” He called on U.S. states and cities to “double” their renewable energy commitments.  His view on the Paris agreement was that it was unfair to the United States, so that countries like India and China were free to use fossil fuels, while the United States had to reduce its carbon. The same nations that are asking us to maintain the agreement are the countries that have cost the United States billions of dollars through hard trade practices and, in many cases, lax contributions to our critical military alliance. You see what`s going on. It`s pretty obvious to those who want to keep an open mind. “We have worked very hard to ensure that every country in the world can join this new agreement.
And so, by losing one, we feel like we have failed. We have one of the most frequent energy reserves in the world, enough to lift America`s poorest working people out of poverty. But as part of this agreement, we are effectively locking up these reserves and taking the great wealth of our nation – it is a great wealth, it is a phenomenal wealth. Not so long ago, we had no idea that we had such wealth and that we were leaving millions and millions of families trapped in poverty and unemployment. December 4, 2017 | Even though U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, more than two dozen of the country`s 50 countries have emission reduction programs and many governors have pledged to reduce their emissions, in line with the Paris agreement`s goal, to keep global average temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius.