Governor Charlie Baker has become the first Republican to join a multi-state climate resistance launched in response to Trump quitting the Paris accords.
Gov. Baker, who was elected as Massachusetts’ governor in 2014, tweeted a public statement from the official Massachusetts Governor account announcing his intent to join the coalition initially launched by Governors Jay Inslee of Washington state, Andrew Cuomo of New York, and Jerry Brown of California.
“As the Commonwealth reiterates its commitment to exceed the mission reduction targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, today we join the U.S. Climate Alliance to expand on our efforts while partnering with other states to combat climate change,” the statement read.
— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) June 2, 2017
The creation of the climate alliance was announced on Gov. Inslee’s official Washington state website, in which he and Govs. Cuomo and Brown also issued statements defying Trump’s decision to withdraw from the historic agreement that former President Barack Obama signed in December of 2015.
“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 said. “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. Baker, a Republican in a heavily Democratic state, currently enjoys a 75 percent approval rating according to The Hill, making him the most popular governor in the United States as of this writing.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.