ALBANY – New York State’s policies to reduce carbon emissions to deal with climate change will remain unaltered even after President Trump removed the United States from the Paris Agreement, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
The New York governor joined with California Gov. Jerry Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to announce the creation of a new United States Climate Alliance and invited other states to join the coalition, affirming to continue the Paris Agreement on climate change’s provisions at the state level.
Joining other states and localities in reacting to Trump’s decision, Cuomo issued a new executive order reaffirming existing state policies directed at climate change problems, some of which already exceeded those contained in the Paris Agreement.
“We will not ignore the science and reality of climate change,’’ Cuomo said in a statement issued soon after Trump’s Rose Garden appearance.
“If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly important human endeavor, then California and other states will step up,’’ Brown said in a statement issued along with Cuomo and Inslee.
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, meanwhile, said carbon reductions are already happening despite Trump’s order. But DiNapoli, the sole trustee of the $192 billion state pension system with a voice in corporate shareholder governance and other matters, said he will use that power to press companies to “seek out sustainable investments and changes in corporate behavior” to keep the Paris accord alive.
Without using Trump’s name, Cuomo called the new White House policy “reckless” that will have “devastating repercussions not only for the United States, but for our planet.’’
“This administration is abdicating its leadership and taking a backseat to other countries in the global fight against climate change,’’ Cuomo said.
New York governors, including Cuomo, have pushed power companies, for instance, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cuomo has set an ambitious mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by 80 percent of levels in 1990. Last month, he announced a plan to reduce methane emissions from landfill, oil, gas and other industries, and he has actively promoted offshore wind and solar energy projects.