Jackie Biskupski, mayor of Salt Lake City and Democrat, said her government had recently negotiated an agreement with municipal services to provide 100% renewable energy to the city by 2032. It will take a year for the United States to formally free itself from the agreement, but nature`s timetable has longer-term consequences. A report published last year by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that we are not on track to meet climate targets to limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius. In a business as usual scenario, the Earth is expected to warm by 3.1 to 3.7 degrees by the end of the century. This means that biodiversity loss, ocean acidification, desertification and other climate crises will accelerate and weigh on humanity. As the federal government moves away from the fight against climate change, some organizations are committed to the challenge anyway. The We Are Still In coalition consists of companies, states, cities and counties, universities and others that remain focused on scientific goals. More than 2,220 companies, including Apple, Google, Walmart and other Fortune 500 companies, have signed up. In the two years since the current government announced its withdrawal from the agreement, states, cities, businesses, universities and other coalitions have joined the Paris Agreement, including We Are Still In, the U.S. Climate Alliance and the Mayor of Climate Change. According to America`s Pledge, these sub-national climate actors now account for 65% of the U.S. population and 68% of the economy.
Many of the major auto companies and airlines had already invested billions in emissions reductions and are unlikely to change course. General Motors, the largest automaker in the United States, immediately stated, «Our position on climate change has not changed… We are publicly committed to climate protection,» reaffirming our support for various climate commitments. Analyst Rebecca Lindland also pointed out that automakers did not have any specific restrictions under the agreement and that nothing had changed. Even if Trump relaxed other restrictions on the auto industry, allowing the production of less polluting cars, these cars still had to meet the standards before being exported to other continents, or even some states.