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Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Washington, California, New York announce formation of United States Climate Alliance

Fed­er­al­ism is com­ing to the res­cue of our plan­et, and not a moment too soon. Today is one of those days to be grate­ful to our founders for devis­ing a plan of gov­ern­ment that requires pow­er to be shared between the fed­er­al government.

We don’t usu­al­ly run press releas­es in their entire­ty. But we believe this one is worth shar­ing. It’s real­ly impor­tant news. It’s vital that peo­ple out­side of the Unit­ed States under­stand that the resis­tance to Don­ald Trump will not stand by as Trump and his regime attempts to abdi­cate Amer­i­ca’s moral leadership.

In response to Pres­i­dent Trump’s deci­sion to with­draw from the Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment, New York Gov­er­nor Andrew Cuo­mo, Cal­i­for­nia Gov­er­nor Edmund [Jer­ry] G. Brown Jr., and Wash­ing­ton State Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee today announced the for­ma­tion of the Unit­ed States Cli­mate Alliance, a coali­tion that will con­vene U.S. states com­mit­ted to uphold­ing the Paris Cli­mate Agree­ment and tak­ing aggres­sive action on cli­mate change.

“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,” said Inslee. “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.”

“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,” said Gov­er­nor Cuomo.

“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.”

New York, Cal­i­for­nia and Wash­ing­ton, rep­re­sent­ing over one-fifth of U.S. Gross Domes­tic Prod­uct, are com­mit­ted to achiev­ing the U.S. goal of reduc­ing emis­sions 26–28 per­cent from 2005 lev­els and meet­ing or exceed­ing the tar­gets of the fed­er­al Clean Pow­er Plan.

“The Pres­i­dent has already said cli­mate change is a hoax, which is the exact oppo­site of vir­tu­al­ly all sci­en­tif­ic and world­wide opin­ion,” said Gov­er­nor Brown. “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.”

Togeth­er, New York, Cal­i­for­nia and Wash­ing­ton rep­re­sent approx­i­mate­ly 68 mil­lion peo­ple – near­ly one-in-five Amer­i­cans – and the states account for at least 10 per­cent of green­house gas emis­sions in the Unit­ed States. Cal­i­for­nia will con­tin­ue to work close­ly togeth­er with oth­er states to help fill the void left by the fed­er­al government.

With input from all par­tic­i­pants, the U.S. Cli­mate Alliance will also act as a forum to sus­tain and strength­en exist­ing cli­mate pro­grams, pro­mote the shar­ing of infor­ma­tion and best prac­tices, and imple­ment new pro­grams to reduce car­bon emis­sions from all sec­tors of the economy.

Now that the Alliance is formed, the next step is to get oth­er states to join and work on devis­ing an inter­state com­pact or some sort of oth­er agree­ment that com­mits the states to aggres­sive­ly reduc­ing emis­sions. States par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Alliance should aspire to meet high­er tar­gets than what the Paris accords envision.

Ore­gon, Vir­ginia, and Hawaiʻi should be invit­ed to join the Alliance imme­di­ate­ly. The num­ber of states with gov­er­nors who rec­og­nize the need for cli­mate action may grow fol­low­ing next year’s midterms, and there will be an oppor­tu­ni­ty to fur­ther expand the alliance in defi­ance of Trump, Pruitt, and their minions.

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10 Comments

  1. Thank you tak­ing action and respon­si­bil­i­ty on this ♥️

    # by Alton Kwok :: June 1st, 2017 at 8:14 PM
  2. I’m sor­ry, but where was your protest against oth­er immoral pres­i­dents? The point to stop Teump and his regime’s abdi­ca­tion of moral lead­er­ship is laugh­able con­sid­er­ing we’ve have pres­i­dents recent­ly that have done just as much that is moral­ly cor­rupt as Trump has, if not more. I get that he’s a polar­iz­ing fig­ure and I’m not try­ing to advo­cate entire­ly for him. It just seems sil­ly that moral­i­ty would come into play like he is the only pres­i­dent that has been chal­lenged on cer­tain top­ics. He most cer­tain­ly is not. Sounds like pro­tes­tors need to stop for­fet­ting his­to­ry and cool off a bit.

    # by Chris :: June 2nd, 2017 at 7:48 AM
  3. The Trump reac­tion will prob­a­bly be to start enforc­ing fed­er­al mar­i­jua­na laws. That means that tax dol­lars from the crop shrink, while police will be back into the busi­ness of bust­ing pot smok­ers. I’m not exact­ly a pot advo­cate, but fed­er­al enforce­ment would prob­a­bly not be a pos­i­tive step at this time.

    # by Mike Barer :: June 2nd, 2017 at 8:29 AM
  4. I will def­i­nite­ly my part in defend­ing the earth from pollution.

    # by Rachel Hatfield :: June 3rd, 2017 at 6:59 AM
  5. I ful­ly agree with these state to take over the US com­mit­ment to the Paris accord includ­ing the bil­lions of dol­lars the the US was sup­pose to pay into the fund. While I believe the Unit­ed States will con­tin­ue to take the nec­es­sary steps to reduce the car­bon foot­print with­out these three states. I encour­age the rest of the coun­try not to join these three states leav­ing the comit­ted to the finan­cial bur­den. Also would like all mid­west states refuse New York trash in land­fills in our states. We don’t need New York pol­lut­ing ten rest of the nation i think the Unit­ed States would be a bet­ter nation if the states of New York and Cal­i­for­nia wetenot a part of it.

    # by Dan Stroempl :: June 3rd, 2017 at 7:12 AM
  6. Proud to be a Washingtonian!

    # by Rick Mittelstaedt :: June 4th, 2017 at 11:08 AM
  7. Appar­ent­ly trolls have algo­rithms to find any arti­cle with even a hint of not total­ly mov­ing g trump per num­ber 1 com­menter who is entire­ly off top­ic. But of course I will hap­pi­ly add that as to moral­i­ty’ this is one area in which trump and his bil­lion­aire mul­ti­mil­lion­aire regime def­i­nite­ly comes in num­ber one. 

    But the top­ic here is Trump abdi­cat­ing our coun­ty’s lead, LEAD, in pro­mot­ing reduc­ing CO2 emis­sions as the pre­em­i­nent poluter of the entire world. We, as a nation, under Barack Oba­ma did some­thing great, even though it was not bind­ing. It was some­thing to be proud of and to strive to make bet­ter. Yes it would even­tu­al­ly elim­i­nate fos­sil fuel jobs, BUT the rapid­ly expand­ing and evolv­ing clean ener­gy sources will more than make up for those loss­es with jobs that pay well and that are safer for the workers.

    It is a very good thing that my state, Wash­ing­ton, my sis­ters state Cal­i­for­nia and across the coun­ty trump’s own state New York have reached out to the world by form­ing the Unit­ed States Cli­mate Alliance. Hop on board Ore­gon and togeth­er we can block those oil and coal trains from pol­lut­ing our rivers and towns in their rush to fur­ther enrich trumps cronies. You can bet that their prof­its are not going to increase wages or health insur­ance for the work­ers who haul these dirty fuels. Time for fos­sil fuel to take its place in his­to­ry as we move on to some­thing clean­er, bet­ter and more profitable.

    # by Ennyl :: June 5th, 2017 at 3:08 AM
  8. So whose going to pay the UN the 100 bil­lion a year that they will sup­pos­ed­ly give to Chi­na, India, Pak­istan, to help them out? This is noth­ing more than a plan for one world gov­ern­ment head­ed by the UN. I guar­an­tee you the mon­ey will sim­ply go in the pock­ets of some slimey head of state. Noth­ing will change in Amer­i­ca as far as pro­grams to research and devel­op more clean ener­gy in Amer­i­ca. No one is stop­ping the pri­vate sec­tor from doing what they’ve been doing! It sim­ply means we won’t be flush­ing 100 bil­lion a year down the toi­let and break­ing our econ­o­my! Do you actu­al­ly TRUST the UN?? They have proven them­selves to be a most cor­rupt orga­ni­za­tion. I don’t sup­port this in any way and if gov­er­nor Inslee insists on break­ing our states econ­o­my many peo­ple will move out of here. Who amongst you can afford to have your pow­er bills quadru­ple, or gas cost­ing $8 a gal­lon? Not me, and not oth­er senior cit­i­zens I know.

    # by Sally culp :: June 5th, 2017 at 5:28 PM
  9. A 4th gen­er­a­tion Cal­i­forn­ian and present­ly a res­i­dent Wahing­to­nia! Proud to be a part of the alliance.….save our plan­et for future generations!

    # by Marilyn waite :: June 7th, 2017 at 12:56 AM
  10. We at Chick­en Soup and Angels sup­port most every­thing that could improve the plan­et’s envi­ron­men­tal health. One can­not eat, drink or breathe cash. Nei­ther can plants and ani­mals. The meek shall inher­it the earth may well be refer­ring to cockroaches,bedbugs, ants and such. IF we, the human pol­luters, do noth­ing to reverse the dam­age done to the only home we’ve been entrust­ed with in the Uni­verse, we may become the casu­al­ties of the next mass extinc­tion event.
    I doubt that the bugs and any oth­er sur­viv­ing species will miss us much!
    Kudos to those of us doing as much as we can to reduce, elim­i­nate and reverse all forms of pollution.
    Enjoy this mar­velous day and every day…just don’t pol­lute while doing so.
    Thanks bunches.
    BearOOO
    P.S. Please, stop spit­ting where feet and paws may tread. be a con­sid­er­ate smok­er and user of alco­hol and what­ev­er you’re using syringes for. Dis­pose those butts, bot­tles, cans and nee­dles prop­er­ly. It’s your choice to con­sume cer­tain prod­ucts. PLEASE, Choose not to pol­lute the ground we all share.
    Let’s all keep the neigh­bor­hoods clean and safer for us all. Don’t litter.
    Thanks bunch­es for listening.
    Bea­rOOO, just the same.

    # by Sunni Little Bear Renée Matin :: June 10th, 2017 at 3:39 AM
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