Senator Lesser Calls on Gov. Baker to Join Climate Alliance in Wake of Trump Pulling U.S. Out of Paris Climate Accord

Current members of U.S. Climate Alliance Are California, New York and Washington

SPRINGFIELD — Following President Donald Trump's announcement that he will pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, the governors of California, New York and Washington formed a new coalition, called the United States Climate Alliance, aimed at meeting the U.S. climate goals set forth in the agreement. In response, State Senator Eric P. Lesser issued the following statement calling on Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to join the Alliance:

“President Trump has abandoned his responsibility to protect our environment and leave a better world for our children. Now that responsibility falls to our states. In partnership with the Legislature, Governor Baker must take a leading role. Leadership on our climate represents an opportunity for Massachusetts to step up and build the clean energy economy of the future, which is already creating jobs at a rate faster than any other sector.

“In the State Senate, we have the opportunity to set a clear goal and make Massachusetts run on 100 percent renewable energy, through bill S. 1849 sponsored by my colleague Sen. Eldridge. I would urge Gov. Baker to follow the Senate’s lead and establish clear goals for meeting our Commonwealth’s and our country’s energy needs, and create tens of thousands of high paying clean energy jobs in the process.

“The benefit of the Climate Alliance formed by California, New York and Washington is that it serves as a way for these states to share best practices and coordinate their pollution-reduction goals. Massachusetts has a rich history of leadership on the environment, including a direct role to force the federal government to address climate change in the Supreme Court case, Massachusetts vs. EPA. There is no reason Massachusetts should not continue its leadership, and share our own expertise, goals and successes with those states that are trying to solve the most critical issue of our time.”