Illinois Governor J. B. Pritzker Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 23, 2019
CONTACT: Kristin Igusky | kigusky@usclimatealliance.org

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 18 governors, representing 43% of U.S. population and half of national GDP

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker today announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. He stated that "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 Alliance and stand on the side of science and reason," said Gov. JB Pritzker. "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."

By joining the Alliance, governors commit to:  

·       Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025

·       Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and

·       Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

With Illinois as its newest member, the Alliance represents 43 percent of the U.S. population and a nearly $10 trillion economy.  The climate and clean energy policies of these states have created 1.4 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Pritzker’s announcement, noting, “As the Midwest faces the long-term impacts of climate change, such as reduced agricultural productivity and increased public health risks, Governor Pritzker commits to make the state of Illinois a national leader on climate change.  We welcome him into the Alliance, and look forward to supporting his vision and priorities for an ambitious climate agenda.”

 The Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Each state commits to reducing their emissions in line with the U.S. target under Paris, and all have enacted new climate policy measures since joining the Alliance. In September, the Alliance announced a suite of new commitments, including the deployment of $1.4 billion to decarbonize transportation and take steps to protect natural and working lands as carbon sinks by 2020.

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The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 18 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Hawaii | Illinois | Maryland | Massachusetts | Minnesota |New Jersey | New York | North Carolina | Oregon |

Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Vermont | Virginia | Washington