“While the president’s actions are a shameful rebuke to the work needed to protect our planet for our children and grandchildren, states have been and will continue to step up,” Inslee added.
Cuomo, for his part, added that he’s “also signing an Executive Order confirming New York’s leadership role in protecting our citizens, our environment, and our planet.”
The Governors of these three states will serve as co-chairs of the Alliance. The hope is that these three states will encourage others across the country to join them in their GHG-cutting targets.
There are certainly plenty of candidates, particular in the northeast, which would be likely to sign up to this endeavor. However, the predilection of states to do so depends entirely on how powerful the fossil fuel influences are on their home turf. States like Oklahoma or Texas, for example, stand essentially zero chance of joining up.
The West Coast, however, is firmly on the side of climate advocacy. Another letter signed by 18 Congressional lawmakers from California, Oregon, and Washington said that they would “continue to form a green wall in the West that will maintain climate leadership in the United States.”
The statement notes that this Alliance compliments the Under2 Coalition, an international pact to limit global warming. In total, it now includes 170 territories on six continents, which represents more than 1.18 billion people – 16 percent of the global population – and 37 percent of the global economy.