Gov. Evers Announces Plan to Join U.S. Climate Alliance

MADISON (WKOW) — Gov. Tony Evers announced he plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors “committed to implementing the Paris climate accord on a state level to combat climate change.”

The Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement.

“It’s a new day in Wisconsin and it’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions, and where we invest in renewable energy,” said Gov. Evers. “By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time.”

By joining the Alliance, the group of governors will be responsible for implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement; Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes has made it the mission of his office to focus on equity and sustainability, as well as the important issue of environmental justice.

“For far too long clean energy hasn’t been a priority in our state and we’re going to change that,” said Lt. Gov. Barnes. “We’re also going to focus on better understanding how climate change is disproportionately affecting communities of color and how it’s impacting our farmers and the most rural parts of our state.”

The announcement is gaining backlash from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) President & CEO Kurt Bauer. He said implementing the Paris climate accord, would require the state to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025.

“Complying with the Paris climate accord would cost the U.S. economy 2.7 million jobs – 440,000 of which are in manufacturing,” said Bauer.  “Since the state’s largest industry is manufacturing, this will have a devastating impact on Wisconsin.”

 

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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