Governors: Commit to Maintaining Paris Climate Standards

Nearly every single country in the world (195 in total) has signed the landmark Paris Climate Agreement. In fact, only Syria and Nicaragua have not joined the agreement, and Nicaragua stayed out because the accord wasn’t ambitious enough. Withdrawing from the agreement damages U.S. competitiveness as other countries will take the lead in the global transition to clean energy. It will also do serious damage to U.S. strategic interests around the world by alienating U.S. allies and undermining U.S. policy priorities. And all of that isn’t even touching on the impact pulling out of the deal will now have on climate change. The Paris Agreement is the best chance we have at slowing global warming and protecting our communities from the threats of climate change. As if that’s not enough: more than a thousand businesses and a majority of American voters support the agreement. Although Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, individual states maintain their control over their own carbon emission standards and clean energy priorities. If enough states commit to maintaining the standards of the Paris Climate Agreement, the collective achievement can offset the adverse effects of the Trump-led national withdrawal. Governors Jerry Brown of California, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Jay Inslee of Washington formed a "United States Climate Alliance" immediately after the announcement of Trump's Paris Accord decision. Urge your state's Governor to join the cause and continue the fight against climate change. SOURCE: Center for American Progress"