"I applaud Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing the Climate Action Now Act, legislation that will ensure the United States honors its commitments under the Paris Agreement. As the Trump Administration continues to abdicate its responsibility to combat climate change, New York's commitment to the Paris Agreement is stronger than ever. We have launched a Green New Deal for New York that has not only set the ambitious goal of putting our state on the path to economy-wide carbon neutrality, but we are also taking the actions necessary to make it a reality.
"New York recognizes that we cannot tackle this challenge alone. In June 2017, I worked with Governor Jerry Brown of California and Governor Jay Inslee of Washington to create the U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement when President Trump pledged he would not. Over the last two years, our bipartisan coalition has grown to 24 governors, representing 55 percent of the U.S. population and over 60 percent of the U.S. economy. We are demonstrating that real progress on climate is possible. Alliance states are proving time and again that climate leadership and economic growth go hand-in-hand.
"President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell must stop ignoring the science and reality of climate change by making the Climate Action Now Act law. If we are to reach our national contribution to the global fight against climate change, we need them to join us in advancing aggressive steps in order to protect our citizens, our environment and our planet."