SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEEK) — Illinois is the latest state to join the United States Climate Alliance.
The alliance of states and U.S. territories was formed after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the international Paris Climate Agreement.
States joining the alliance agree to reduce their carbon emissions significantly and exceed the targets set by the federal Clean Power Plan.”
“I ran on a bold agenda to protect our environment, help our workers thrive and build the 21st century economy our state deserves, and now I’m taking action to join the U.S. Climate Agenda and stand on the side of science and reason,” said Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who signed an executive order Wednesday making Illinois the 18th U.S. state or territory to join. “I’m proud to join the bipartisan coalition of governors and states committed to upholding the provisions of Paris Climate Agreement. While the president is intent on taking us backwards, I will work hard every day to move our state forward. We know that climate change is real. We know it’s a threat. And we know we must act.”
“If we don’t do anything to reduce our carbon emissions, we are eventually going reach the point of no return,” State Sen. Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) said. “Gov. Pritzker is right to continue this fight and I look forward to working with him to expand green energy production and green energy jobs in Illinois.”