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Nation Nov 11, 2017 12:39 PM EST
A powerful alliance of leaders representing American cities, states and business said on Saturday that they would continue to back the Paris climate accord after President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that he would withdraw the United States from the 2015 international agreement.

The group, which calls itself “America’s Pledge,” is led by California Gov. Jerry Brown and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They made the announcement after presenting a report in Germany during the 23rd U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP23, where hundreds of nations gathered to discuss global warming.

The 127-page report addresses the “scope and scale of non-federal climate action” in the U.S., and also lays out actions taken by the groups involved in America’s Pledge, who combined represent trillions of dollars in the U.S. economy. At least 20 states, 110 cities and more than 1,000 businesses and universities have declared support for the accord.

“The group of American cities, states, and businesses who remain committed to the Paris Agreement represents a bigger economy than any nation outside the U.S. and China,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “In Paris, the U.S. pledged to measure and report our progress reducing emissions alongside every other nation. Through America’s Pledge, we’re doing just that, and we’re going to continue to uphold our end of the deal, with or without Washington.”