Author: Emma Tobin, Communications Intern, NASEO
In June 2017, President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, spurring a bipartisan coalition of states, led by the governors from California, Washington, and New York, to commit to climate action. A year later, the 17 governors in what is now known as the U.S. Climate Alliance have reinvigorated their commitment and announced new initiatives to stay on track with the Paris Agreement's 2025 goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their states by at least 25% from 2005 levels.
These new initiatives include decreasing harmful super pollutants, expanding Green Banks, sequestering more carbon using natural land resources, and minimizing the costs of renewables like solar. The Alliance challenges and invites other states to join them in these goals and others. View the full U.S. Climate Alliance press release to learn more about how individual states are increasing their efforts.
These renewed commitments have emerged in preparation for the Global Climate Action Summit in mid-September of this year, hosted in San Francisco, CA. The summit will both celebrate climate initiatives by states and other parties as well as push for greater innovation.