Governor Kasich: Commit to fighting climate change with the United States Climate Alliance
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Dear Governor John Kasich,
On June 1st, 2017, President Donald J. Trump formally announced his intention for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The United States is now among only 2 other nations who are not a part of this agreement.
In response to the withdrawal, you posted on your Facebook page that you “know that climate change is real. It is a global issue and will need a global agreement to address."
It is the hope of the undersigned that as the governor of Ohio, you will take on the responsibility of tackling climate change by joining the United States Climate Alliance.
When the federal government will not act, the responsibility falls to the states. Fortunately, action is already being taken and it is the hope of the undersigned that you will be a part of it.
In response to this withdrawal from the agreement, Governors Inslee (D-WA), Cuomo (D-NY), and Brown (D-CA) announced the formation of the United States Climate Alliance, "a coalition that will convene U.S. states committed to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement and taking aggressive action on climate change."
While you have stated your disagreements with the Paris agreement, the coalition also hopes to act as a forum for members to share information and shape policy. By engaging proactively with this coalition, it may be possible to reach a bipartisan agreement on how best to proceed.
The Trump administration has made it clear that the United States is not committed to protecting the environment nor addressing climate change due to a number of actions it has taken such as appointing climate-denier Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, a executive order aimed at rolling back environmental protections, a budget proposal that would entirely eliminate the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and now the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Please take action where President Trump will not, and add Ohio to the United States Climate Alliance, for our state, our country, and our planet.
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