June 5 (Renewables Now) - The United States Climate Alliance, formed to convene states committed to upholding the Paris climate deal, reached 13 members on Monday.
Following US President Donald Trump’s June 1 announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, the governors of New York, California and Washington announced the formation of the Alliance. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia have now joined the list.
“As the federal government turns its back on the environment, New York and states across the country are picking up the mantle of climate leadership and showing the world it’s possible to address climate change while also creating good-paying careers,” said New York governor Andrew Cuomo.
The Alliance gathers together states committed to reaching the US goal of cutting emissions by 26% to 28% from 2005 levels, and meeting or exceeding the targets of the federal Clean Power Plan. The US Climate Alliance will also help sustain and strengthen existing climate programmes, promote the sharing of information and best practices, and introduce new programmes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from all sectors of the economy.