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State Reactions to Trump Repealing the Clean Power Plan
October 10, 2017
View statements made by state officials about the Trump Administration's decision to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

New Report Examines Policy Options for Cutting Carbon Emissions in New Jersey
September 21, 2017
A new report released by the Georgetown Climate Center, Rutgers, and World Resources Institute underscores that significant state actions will be necessary for New Jersey to meet its long-term target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050, and finds that New Jersey has many options to do so.

States and Stakeholders Envision a Cleaner Transportation Future and the Means to Achieve It
September 21, 2017
The Georgetown Climate Center hosted a symposium of business leaders, transportation experts, health care advocates, equity and environmental NGOs, and others in New York this week to give participants the opportunity to share their vision of a cleaner transportation future with state officials. Senior officials from 15 states and Washington, DC, participated in the event.

States Urge Trump Administration to Move Forward with Clean Power Plan
July 17, 2017
Environmental officials from 12 states continue to encourage the Trump Administration to move forward with the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector, in response to the Administration's anticipated rollback of the regulation.

New Subnational Coalitions Demonstrate Leadership After Paris Withdrawal
June 5, 2017
Several governors and a growing number of U.S. leaders have announced they are committed to the Paris climate agreement. In three major announcements, these leaders pledged to reduce carbon pollution and to fill the...

States React to Trump's Decision to Abandon Paris Climate Agreement
June 1, 2017
President Donald Trump announced today he will withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, despite objections from governors, business executives, and global leaders who want America to maintain leadership on...

Massachusetts and Vermont Call on Trump Administration to Stay in Paris Agreement
May 17, 2017
Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker and Vermont Governor Philip Scott sent a joint letter to the Trump Administration on May 17, 2017, requesting that the U.S. stay in the global climate agreement and noting that the U.S. commitment under the agreement is “achievable.” The U.S. committed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 under the agreement.

12 Governors Urge Trump to Stay in Paris Agreement, Keep U.S. Commitments
May 3, 2017
Twelve U.S. governors are urging President Trump to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement and keep the United States' commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Governors from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, and Washington signed onto the letter, which was sent to the White House this morning. The Georgetown Climate Center worked with states to facilitate this letter.

State Responses to Trump Administration’s Executive Order that Seeks to Reverse Federal Climate Policy
March 28, 2017
Following President Donald Trump's executive order directing a review of the Clean Power Plan and rescinding other prior federal actions on climate change, many states issued statements pledging to continue action to address climate change.

The UN's Patricia Espinosa Discusses Climate Change at Georgetown
February 28, 2017
Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, joined the Center's Vicki Arroyo and other experts in a discussion about climate change on Feb. 28 at Georgetown University.