September, 4th, 2019
In June of 2017 the U.S. Climate Alliance was formed in reaction to the president's announced resolve to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.
Signed on April 22, 2016, and effective as of November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions reduction, adaptation, and finance, and is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
How many governors have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance? To date there are 25, with Montana joining in July. States that are Alliance members pledge to:
- Execute policies with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 26 to 28% below what levels were in 2005 by the year 2025.
- Speed policies (new and existing) to advance clean energy distribution and mitigate carbon pollution at both state and federal levels.
- Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world assembles to take stock of the Paris Agreement.
The U.S. Climate Alliance now represents 55% of the population in the U.S. with the addition of Montana. The Alliance also constitutes 40% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and an $11.7 trillion economy. More than 1.7 million jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors have been created due to Alliance states' climate and clean energy policies.
Among the Alliance's initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is addressing HFC and other short term climate pollutants, with several states currently working on regulations including California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Vermont and Washington.
The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan group created by governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Jerry Brown of California, and Jay Inslee of Washington.