Statement by The Nature Conservancy Regarding Announcement Today on U.S. Climate Alliance by Governors Cuomo, Brown, and Inslee
A Commitment to Addressing Climate Change
Today the state Governors who founded the U.S. Climate Alliance -- Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Jerry Brown of California, and Jay Inslee Washington – affirmed their commitment to addressing the urgent threat of climate change, announcing the states of the U.S. Climate Alliance are on track to meet their share of the U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement, that North Carolina is joining the Alliance, and that New York’s green bank for clean energy finance will go national.
The Nature Conservancy applauds these developments and the Alliance’s commitment to climate action and promoting U.S. leadership in fulfilling the promises of the Paris Climate Agreement.
In June, 2017 Governors Cuomo, Brown, and Inslee formed the U.S. Climate Alliance – a bipartisan coalition of states committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Since that time, more than a dozen states and Puerto Rico have joined. Today North Carolina joins this group, and together with the other members will engage in coordinated state actions to address the threats a changing climate pose to our economy, our communities, and natural systems.
“The U.S. Climate Alliance is an important initiative to maintain U.S. leadership on climate change, and we’re pleased to see the Alliance move forward in this effort," said Lynn Scarlett, The Nature Conservancy’s co-chief external affairs officer. “We congratulate North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper in joining the Alliance, and we’re excited to see green banking expanding nationwide. Creating a low-carbon future, realizing significant emissions reductions, and promoting resilience are imperative to successfully meet the challenge posed by climate change. This initiative keeps us moving forward.”
Stuart F. Gruskin, chief conservation and external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy in New York said, “We are grateful to Governors Cuomo, Brown, and Inslee for their national leadership in demonstrating that we can achieve critically important climate goals through coordinated state action. The Nature Conservancy is proud to work with New York State as it presses forward with a suite of initiatives to tackle climate change. The steps announced today will further these efforts, and help ensure that we will have a low-carbon future. We stand ready to continue to work with Governor Cuomo, local governments, and our communities as they address this most important issue, and applaud Governor Cuomo for continuing to be a national leader in maintaining focus and momentum to achieve our climate goals for the benefit of every New Yorker and every American."
States have shown tremendous leadership on climate change, and their work is essential to building a low-carbon future that promotes both clean air and economic prosperity. The Nature Conservancy continues to believe that climate change is the most urgent threat to our economy, our communities, and to nature itself, and looks forward to engaging with the U.S. Climate Alliance as their work unfolds. We will continue to work in the United States and around the world, with governments, businesses, and individuals as they take action to reduce carbon emissions, foster coastal resilience, and adapt to impacts.
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