It is important for the world to understand that the fate of America’s Paris climate pledge does not lie with Congress or the White House. No matter what roadblocks the federal government may throw up, the United States can and — I am confident — will meet the commitment it made in Paris in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. That is the message I delivered to French President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo the day after President Trump announced that he would pull the United States out of the agreement, and it is a message that many Americans are taking to heart.

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