Krueger-Braneky urges action to add Pa. into U.S. Climate Alliance

HARRISBURG, June 8 – State Rep. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, D-Delaware, introduced a resolution today urging action to lead Pennsylvania into the U.S. Climate Alliance in response to President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Members of the U.S. Climate Alliance are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent from 2005 levels and meeting or exceeding the goals of the federal Clean Power Plan.

“President Trump put the future of our communities, commonwealth, country and planet at risk when he decided to not honor the United States’ commitment to fighting climate change and withdraw from the Paris Agreement,” Krueger-Braneky said. “It is now up to local and state governments to step up to slow and mitigate the consequences of climate change, which include rising sea levels, more intense weather events and increased risk of draught and famine.”

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto has come forward in support of upholding the alliance.

“Pittsburgh is the example of why the Paris Agreement is good for economic development: such work is good for business too,” he said. “We’ve rebuilt our economy on the future and our people, not the past.”

In response to the United States’ withdrawal, the U.S. Climate Alliance was formed by the states of California, New York, and Washington to uphold the Paris Agreement. Members of the Climate Alliance include Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. More than 1,200 local officials, businesses, and educational institutions have also stated they will uphold the elements of the Paris Agreement.

“Scientists, environmentalists, business leaders and the majority of Americans all understand the climate change threatens our health, economy, environment and future,” Krueger-Braneky said. “I strongly encourage my colleagues in elected office to step up and fill the leadership void created by President Trump last week when he decided to withdraw.”