Governors Respond to Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement in the Best Way Possible

The Governors of California, New York, and Washington state have announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance.

In a joint public statement posted to Washington state Governor Jay Inslee’s website, California Governor Jerry Brown and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo jointly announced the climate alliance’s formation as a means for some of the largest U.S. state economies to fight back against the Trump administration’s plans to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. The governors are inviting other states to join the climate alliance as a means of fulfilling the nation’s prior commitment to the agreement in defiance of Trump.

“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,” Gov. Inslee stated. “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.”

Gov. Cuomo promised that regardless of the actions Trump is taking, New York will do its best to follow through on guidelines set forth in the December 2015 international climate agreement struck by former President Barack Obama. His promise echoes that of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said that his city government will defy Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accords and work to reduce emissions.

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, 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.

In his statement, Gov. Brown alluded to President Trump’s 2012 tweet in which he suggested climate change was a hoax invented by China to harm the U.S. manufacturing sector.

“The President has already said climate change is a hoax, which is the exact opposite of virtually all scientific and worldwide opinion, I don’t believe fighting reality is a good strategy – not for America, not for anybody,” Gov. Brown stated. “If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up.”

The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris accords will officially go into effect in 2019.

 

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here