Eight West Coast leaders have issued a statement defying President Donald Trump’s environmental policy rollbacks and committing to continuing to fight climate change by reducing carbon emissions and pollution:
“As the governors of Washington, Oregon and California and the mayors of Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles, we speak today in support of the Clean Power Plan. We speak in unified opposition to the idea of any decision by the President to limit our region’s economic opportunities or our commitment to doing what’s right to make our cities and states cleaner and healthier for future generations.”
The group disputed the president’s repeated statements that environmental protections are causing job loss, saying “There is no question that to act on climate is to act in our best economic interests. Through expanded climate policies, we have grown jobs and expanded our economies while cleaning our air.”
California, in particular, appears ready to lead on the environment. Last week, California’s Air Resources Board adopted new stricter standards following the Trump administration’s changes to ease fuel economy standards. Because California’s standards are the basis of the standards in 13 other states, these actions may set up a fight between the states and the federal government if Trump does not continue the waiver that allows California to set stricter standards.
Yesterday, California governor Jerry Brown and New York governor Andrew Cuomo also jointly committed to a goal of using renewable resources to
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