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Virginia Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

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If Donald Trump has his way, this is what the skies of Pittsburgh — and Richmond — will look like at noon …

In the face of Team Trump’s climate science denial and the decision to withdrawal from the Paris Accord, four states announced almost immediately a U.S. Climate Alliance to assure future progress in climate mitigation even as the Trump Administration efforts to MAGA seek to put Pittsburgh (whose citizens support, overwhelming, climate action) back into its pollution haze days of the 1950s …

Just out from Governor Jay Inslee, Washington State, Virginia is among ten new states joining the “coalition committed to upholding the Paris Accord”.  From the press release (below the fold), Governor McAuliffe:

“As the first state in the Trump era to take executive action to limit carbon emissions and create clean energy jobs, Virginia is proud to join the Climate Alliance,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said. “President Trump’s announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement does not speak for the states and cities that are committed to fighting climate change and paving the way for a new energy economy. If the federal government insists on abdicating leadership on this issue, it will be up to the American people to step forward – and in Virginia we are doing just that.”

Governor McAuliffe will be soon issuing an announcement on this.

Gov. McAuliffe’s announcement post Trump withdrawal from Paris Accord:

“The President’s dangerous action today will have a devastating impact on our environment, our economy, and our health.  The United States economy is dependent on leadership in the world, yet the President seems inclined to sit back and let other nations pass us by.  Climate change is a threat to our way of life. If President Trump refuses to lead the response, Virginia will.

“Earlier this month I signed an order initiating the process of cutting carbon emissions in our Commonwealth and making Virginia a leader in the clean energy economy. That process will proceed despite this foolish decision by the Trump administration, and I hope states around the country join Virginia in showing Washington the way forward on this critical issue for our nation and our world.”

United States Climate Alliance adds 10 new members to coalition committed to upholding the Paris Accord