An Alliance Upholding the Paris Agreement Now Represents a Third of the U.S. Population
U.S. President Donald Trump decided to back out of the Paris climate deal two months ago. This doesn’t mean, however, that the nation has hung up the gloves in the global fight against climate change. A group of states is taking the lead.
The Will to Fight
When a door closes, a window opens, says an old adage. Well, for a number of states and their effort to fight climate change, it’s not enough to open a window — they’re keeping the door open. Almost immediately after U.S. President Donald Trump decided to withdraw the country’s commitment to the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the United States Climate Alliance was born.
First there were three — California, New York, and Washington State. “I don’t believe fighting reality is a good strategy — not for America, not for anybody,” California governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. previously said in a statement. “If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.”
Now, the alliance boasts a membership of 13 states and Puerto Rico representing a bi-partisan coalition “committed to the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions [26-28 percent from 2005 levels] consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.” Latest to join the group is Colorado, after governor John Hickenlooper passed an executive order to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions before 2025.