Three states start the United States Climate Alliance to fulfill Paris Climate Agreement commitments

In the wake of the news that the US is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, Barak Obama called on states, cities and businesses to support and honor the terms of the Agreement: “even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.” Quoting from Obama slams Trump for leaving Paris climate agreement, Politico, June 1, 2017.

In a joint public statement, Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, California Governor Jerry Brown and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the United States Climate Alliance’s formation as a means for some of the largest US state economies to fight back against the Trump administration’s plans to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. The governors are inviting other states and cities to join the alliance as a means of fulfilling the nation’s prior commitment to the Paris agreement in defiance of Trump. Seven additional states — Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island and Virginia — plus 61 cities have already expressed support for the objectives of the Alliance. US mayors, governors vow to stick with Paris accord, CNN, June 1, 2017.

Doable if other states and cities join this alliance? Well, Art. 1, Sec. 10 of the Constitution forbids interstate “alliances” and requires Congress’s consent for interstate “compacts.” If triggered, would a Republican-controlled Congress approve? — Joe

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