Existing climate efforts expected to keep US goals on track

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – More than a dozen governors representing nearly 40 percent of the U.S. economy have signed new climate change pledges since President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

Climate experts said Tuesday that they expect existing climate change programs and the affordability of cleaner forms of power like natural gas to mean U.S. greenhouse gas emissions will keep falling.

That’s despite Trump’s announcement last week that the United States doesn’t intend to honor the 2015 global accord.

Thirteen states, including New York and California, and about 200 mayors from Houston, Atlanta and other cities have signed pledges since Thursday committing to fighting climate change.

Texas, the country’s No. 2 state economy and biggest carbon emitter, has not.