June 6, 2017: The U.S. States of California and Washington are joining other government and affiliate members of the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification (OA Alliance) at UN Headquarters this week at The Ocean Conference on behalf of the Pacific Coast Collaborative (PCC). The PCC, an intergovernmental partnership of British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, and California, created the OA Alliance to bring together governments around the globe to combat ocean acidification and changing ocean conditions as an immediate and critical threat to coastal economies and ecosystems.
Attending the conference on behalf of the OA Alliance are John Lair, California Secretary for Natural Resources, Ken Alex, Senior Advisor to California Governor Jerry Brown, and Julie Horowitz, Senior Advisor to Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.
Dear Mr. President,
We write as Governors of 12 states that are home to 107 million Americans and comprise approximately 38 percent of the nation’s GDP, to urge you to keep the United States in the Paris Climate Agreement. Given the progress our states have made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we are convinced that the United States’ goal of 26-28 percent below 2005 levels is readily achievable.
West Coast Governors’ and Mayors’ Response to the President’s Executive Order to Withdraw and Rewrite the Clean Power Plan, Weaken Standards Protecting Our Air Quality and Climate
Following are statements from West Coast Governors and Mayors in response to President Trump’s Executive Order, which includes directives to withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan, as well as weaken other standards that protect our air quality and reduce carbon emissions. Below these individual responses, please find a joint statement signed by all three West Coast Governors and five big city mayors regarding the decision by President Trump.
Statements from West Coast Governors
“In Oregon, we will not back down from the fight against global climate change, and as Governor, I will continue to take bold action by advancing solutions to minimize the impacts of climate change and protect Oregon communities and natural resources for future generations. Oregon has a strong tradition of fighting climate change and leading on environmental stewardship. We took important steps to expedite the closure of Oregon’s last remaining coal plant and continue to invest in energy efficiency, pursue renewable energy development, and support alternative transportation fuels.”
Oregon Governor Kate Brown