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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: June 8, 2017 11:37 AM
From: Representative Leanne Krueger
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution urging the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join the Climate Alliance in response to the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement
 
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution urging the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to join the Climate Alliance in response to the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

As you know, the purpose of the Paris Agreement was to unite the nations of the world to address climate change. This Agreement was a compromise of 195 countries, showing the importance of this issue. On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

In response to the United States’ withdrawal, the Climate Alliance was formed by the states of California, New York, and Washington to uphold the Paris Agreement. As of the drafting of this memo, ten additional states/territories, including Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Puerto Rico have joined the Climate Alliance. More than 1,200 local officials, businesses, and educational institutions have also stated they will uphold the elements of the Paris Agreement.

Climate change is a growing threat to our health, environment, economy, and future. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that the Commonwealth join the Alliance to continue to move us forward in addressing climate change. This is a key opportunity to stimulate growth in Pennsylvania’s economy from energy efficiency, renewables and other parts of our energy portfolio.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution.

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Introduced as HR421