Virginia to Join Alliance of States to Promote Principles of Paris Climate Accord, following President’s June 1, 2017, Announcement of U.S. Withdrawal

On June 5, 2017, Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia would join with other states plus Puerto Rico in the U.S. Climate Alliance, which aims to promote the goals of the Paris Climate Accord of 2015, specifically to reduce carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent from 2005 levels, and to meet or exceed the carbon-reduction goals in the federal Clean Power Plan (published by the U.S. EPA in 2015, but the subject of a review and expected withdrawal by the Trump Administration).  This followed President Trump’s announcement on June 1, 2017, that he intends to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord.  The other states in the alliance as of June 5 were California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

Sources:
Virginia Joins Alliance of States Committed to Upholding Paris Climate Agreement, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 6/5/17.
Rejecting Trump, Virginia leaders say they will join other states and cities in climate change fight, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/5/17.
New York Governor Cuomo, California Governor Brown, and Washington Governor Inslee Announce Formation of United States Climate Alliance, New York Governor’s Office News Release, 6/1/7.

The president’s June 1 statement on withdrawing from the Paris Accord is at this link: Statement by President Trump on the Paris Climate Accord, White House Office of the Press Secretary, 6/1/7.

History and details about the agreement are available from the United Nations online at http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php.

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