With the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, environmental and health organizations and politicians have issued statements on what the move means for U.S. climate policy.
The Maryland Climate Coalition issued a statement, An Open Letter to Governor Hogan and the General Assembly: Affirming Maryland’s Leadership in Addressing Climate Change:
In the absence of federal leadership – and, in some cases, in the face of federal policies that will push our climate in the wrong direction – Maryland and other states will have to work harder to protect our citizens and the world. Maryland has much to teach, gain and learn through partnerships with other states. Whether through formal alliances like the U.S. Climate Alliance or the Compact of States and Regions constituted under the U.N. mechanism that supports the Paris Agreement, or through some other framework, we encourage our state government to enter progress-oriented partnerships with other states.
The statement was co-authored by Chesapeake PSR's Alfred Bartlett, MD, co-lead of our Climate Health Action Team.
Given our new political reality, Chesapeake PSR, as part of a movement advocating for a swift transition to clean, renewable energy, recognizes that climate change is a global phenomenon whose solutions, now more than ever, need to be found at the state and local level, but coordinated among communities and regions as much as possible.
National efforts to roll back basic environmental protections, undermine climate science and promote fossil fuels over clean, renewable energy sources will require that we work harder to build new coalitions to make change possible.
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