May 1 (Renewables Now) - The state of Pennsylvania has become the 24th member of the US Climate Alliance initiative, committing to work towards cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fighting climate change.
The news was announced by Governor Tom Wolf on Monday and comes together with the release of the state’s own action plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions. It includes 100 specific actions across 19 strategies and recommendations.
The US Climate Alliance was set up in June 2017 after President Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. All of its members must implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris climate deal and adopt policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at state and federal level. They share a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26%-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.
Including Pennsylvania, the members of the alliance represent 55% of the US population and 60% of the national GDP.
“With the federal government turning its back on science and the environment, I am proud to join with states that are leading the way towards new climate solutions, and taking concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” the Pennsylvania governor said.