Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made an unexpected trip to Paris where he met with French President Emmanuel Macron and reassured him that American cities and states will meet the Paris climate deal commitments. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. cities, states and businesses can fulfill commitments made by the United States under the Paris climate change agreement even though the U.S. has withdrawn from the pact, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in Paris on Friday. "Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way of fulfilling it," Bloomberg said following a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Bloomberg, who is the U.N. Secretary-General's special envoy for Cities and Climate Change, said the United States has led the world on emission reductions over the past decade. Those efforts had been led by citizens and cities, he added, not the federal government, aided by market forces that have made solar and wind energy cheaper than coal. "I want the world to know that the U.S. will meet its Paris commitments and that through partnerships among cities, states and businesses we will seek to remain part of the Paris agreement process," Bloomberg said. He said he would notify the U.N. Secretary General and the climate change secretariat that U.S. cities, states, businesses and others will aim to meet the United States' commitment to reducing emissions 26 percent below the 2005 levels by 2025.