President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord has resulted in swift action by many past and present politicians who are stepping up to fill the climate change vacuum his action left behind.
According to Bloomberg, the governors from California, New York and Washington immediately banded together to create the United States Climate Alliance.
The following statements from the three governors confirm their commitment to the United States Climate Alliance:
The statement from Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA): “I am proud to stand with other governors as we make sure that the inaction in D.C. is met by an equal force of action from the states. Today’s announcement by the president leaves the full responsibility of climate action on states and cities throughout our nation. While the president’s actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up.”
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) June 1, 2017
The statement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY): “The White House’s reckless decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement has devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet. This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change, New York State is committed to meeting the standards set forth in the Paris Accord regardless of Washington’s irresponsible actions. We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change which is why I am also signing an Executive Order confirming New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet.”
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 2, 2017
The statement from Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA): “The President has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion, I don’t believe fighting reality is a good strategy – not for America, not for anybody. If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.”
— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) June 1, 2017
The governors pointed out that their three states represent more that 20% of the US Gross Domestic Product and 68 million, or almost 20% of, Americans. They outlined their commitment to meet or exceed the goals set in the Paris Accord.
If the administration won’t #ActOnClimate, the states will.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 1, 2017
California is taking additional action. Lawmakers are calling for a climate summit with participants including “Mexico, Canada and other states and subnational governments.” And Gov. Brown is leaving for China today to meet with their climate leaders, and possibly President Xi Jinping.
Former New York City mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced he was going to gather a bipartisan coalition of states, cities and business leaders to ensure that the US meets their climate targets. Additionally, he plans to partner with others to pay the United Nation (U.N.) the $15 million that they will lose due to Trump’s actions.
“Americans are not walking away from the Paris Climate Agreement,” Bloomberg said. “Just the opposite — we are forging ahead. Mayors, governors, and business leaders from both political parties are signing on to to a statement of support that we will submit to the U.N. — and together, we will reach the emission reduction goals the United States made in Paris in 2015.”
“Americans will honor and fulfill the Paris Agreement by leading from the bottom up — and there isn’t anything Washington can do to stop us,” Bloomberg added.
— Benjamin Harvey (@BenjaminHarvey) June 2, 2017