Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Gov. Carney adds First State to US Climate Alliance

Gov. Carney adds First State to US Climate Alliance

Last week, President Donald Trump began the process to withdraw the United States from the global agreement, making the USA one of just three countries in the world that are not participating. Officials said joining the movement displayed Delaware's continued commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to clean energy, which would also provide economic opportunity for Delawareans, and offer significant public health and environmental benefits. So far the Alliance already has 13 members and is growing rapidly.

A Rhodium Group study shows that the us can stay on track to meet climate goals in the short to medium term, even without the Clean Power Plan-which was the cornerstone of our Paris Agreement commitment-if enough states adopt ambitious climate and clean energy goals.

Carney, a Democrat, says DE is the United States' lowest-lying state. "There is still much work to be done to reduce Delaware's share of global greenhouse gas emissions, and I look forward to working with our sister states through the U.S. Climate Alliance to meet Delaware's pledge for the Paris Agreement". "As sea levels rise, more than 17,000 DE homes, almost 500 miles of roadway and thousands of acres of wildlife habitat including our critical wetlands are at risk of permanent inundation. DE is proud to join this coalition of states providing that necessary leadership".

"As the Commonwealth reiterates its commitment to exceed the emission reduction targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, today we join the U.S. Climate Alliance to expand on our efforts while partnering with other states to combat climate change", Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said. Charlie Baker of MA and Phil Scott Gov. of Vermont -also pledged to meet the Paris goals.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said Monday that attorneys general "are on the front lines fighting to protect our residents, the global community, and future generations from the dangers of climate change".

NY and the other Northeastern states that have joined the alliance are already part of the bipartisan Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a successful collaboration between 9 states to cap and reduce carbon emissions from the power sector through a mandatory, market-based program. "If the federal government insists on abdicating leadership on this issue, it will be up to the American people to step forward - and in Virginia we are doing just that".

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