Minnesota Joins US Climate Alliance, Pledging Itself to Paris Accord Targets

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 8, 2017

Chris Sununu said he is doesn't plan to join an alliance set up by other states pledging to uphold the Paris climate change accord. He told reporters Wednesday that nothing would change if he joined other governors.

- Minnesota and eight other states, along with Puerto Rico, joined the U.S. Climate Alliance Monday, pledging to uphold targets outlined in the Paris Climate Accord after President Donald Trump chose to pull out of the agreement last week.

Both U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster released statements Tuesday night in which they criticized Sununu for not joining the new alliance. Sununu said he's made cleaning up groundwater a priority and remains committed to New Hampshire's "long and proud tradition of responsible environmental stewardship".

"The President's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement was misguided and will cede our leadership on this critical issue, but that doesn't mean New Hampshire needs to fall behind", Kuster continued.

In addition to Virginia, other states joining the alliance include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Dayton is one of 12 state governors so far in the United States Climate Alliance, whose members commit to reduce carbon emissions significantly by 2025.

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