Wholly unintentionally, Donald Trump may have sparked unprecedented determination within the U.S. to confront the danger of climate change.
Following Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the president was assailed by businesses ranging from Facebook to Goldman Sachs for risking America’s economic and environmental standing. The White House was choked by phone calls from irate voters.
Perhaps most significantly, a coalition of lawmakers, companies and universities swung into action in an attempt to reassure the world that the U.S. wasn’t completely abandoning the field.
Within this group committing itself to the Paris targets are 17 governors—two of them Republicans—and 125 cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, which was cited, somewhat mistakenly, by Trump as somewhere that would benefit from exiting the Paris agreement.
With the federal government casting off the task of emissions reduction, the onus is now on cities and states to make up the shortfall. We look at what four major U.S. cities—New York City, Houston, Miami, and San Francisco—are doing to stave off the threat of climate change.