By Matt Murphy, State House News Service via WBUR
June 2, 2017
“As the Commonwealth reiterates its commitment to exceed the emission 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,” Baker said in a statement. “After speaking with Governors Cuomo and Scott, our administration looks forward to continued, bipartisan collaboration with other states to protect the environment, grow the economy and deliver a brighter future to the next generation.”
Baker and Scott wrote to Energy Secretary Rick Perry last month urging the Trump administration to remain in the pact, and Perry was reportedly one of the officials who advised the president not to withdraw.
The governors of California, New York and Washington, all Democrats, launched the coalition Thursday after Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris accord, saying its terms are not fair and predicting major job losses because of the agreement.
The Democratic governors of Rhode Island and Connecticut also announced Friday that they would join the state climate alliance.
State Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, both Democrats, applauded Baker for joining the alliance.
Thank your Governors for joining, and demand they act accordingly
Addendum from No Fracked Gas in Mass
Of course, this is the perfect time to contact our Governors and thank them for joining the Climate Alliance, and then remind them that this commitment should obligate them to take fossil fuel development off the table in their state. Though some, like Governor Baker, like to wash their hands of any influence over these projects, citing federal preemption, there are solid steps they can take in advising their state regulatory agencies to deny the needed state permits and to move solidly forward with state legislation mandating stronger energy efficiency and ambitious goals for reaching 100% renewables.
States/US Territories that have joined the climate alliance as of 6/6/2017:
Sovereign Native Nations that have joined:
Standing Rock Sioux
Swinomish Tribal Community