Hogan Will Have Md. Join Coalition of States Supporting Paris Climate Accord

1/11/18

By Ethan McLeod, Baltimore Fishbowl

More than a half-year after Gov. Larry Hogan declined to join other governors in supporting an international pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he’s reversed course.

When President Donald Trump in June controversially withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, a global agreement between hundreds of countries to reduce their emissions, a dozen states formed the so-called U.S. Climate Alliance, agreeing to uphold the pact’s mission even if Trump wouldn’t. However, when activists and state pushed the governor to join, he declined.

But in a letter sent to Climate Alliance director Julie Cerqueira yesterday (published by The Sun), Hogan wrote, “I now intend to commit Maryland to participation in the U.S. Climate Alliance. Over the course of 2018, we will share our insights, experiences, and strategies in meeting and excelling beyond the requirements of the Paris climate accord and the Clean Power Plan.”

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