Lesser: "Gov. Baker Saw the Common Sense" in Step to Provide Leadership on Fighting Climate Change

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

SPRINGFIELD — Less than 24 hours after Senator Eric P. Lesser called on Governor Charlie Baker to join the United State Climate Alliance, a coalition of states seeking to uphold the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, the Governor has agreed to move Massachusetts into the Alliance.

“I am grateful that Governor Baker saw the common sense in this simple, concrete step to keep Massachusetts a leader in the clean energy economy. Leadership on climate is more than our moral obligation; it is also an opportunity for Massachusetts to attract the businesses that are creating jobs at a faster rate than any other sector of our economy. I look forward to the common lessons, best practices and new technologies that we will learn and share with the other members of the Climate Alliance as we work to solve one of the most critical issues of our time,” said Senator Lesser.

Following President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday 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, Senator Lesser issued a statement calling on Governor Baker to join the Alliance and began circulating a letter in the legislature to that effect. On Friday, Governor Dannel Malloy announced that Connecticut would join the Alliance, and by the end of the day Governor Baker announced that Massachusetts would be joining.