Gov. Snyders office indicates no plans to join U.S. Climate Alliance
LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - More states are taking action of their own to fight climate change after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement and some are wondering if Michigan will follow suit.
Political Reporter Nick Minock reports in Lansing.
Governor Rick Snyder’s office said they have no plans to join other states in upholding climate standards in the Paris Climate Accord.
After President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate agreement, several states like Washington, New York, and California joined forces to uphold environmental standards set by the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
Gov. Jerry Brown, D-California said, "Climate change affects the whole world, the whole world has to respond."
President Trump said the climate agreement imposes unfair environmental standards on American business and workers.
Despite a growing number of states denouncing President Trump's decision, Gov. Snyder's staff said that Michigan will not join the U.S. Climate Alliance.
Snyder's spokesperson said a new energy law that took effect in Michigan this year keeps our state on a path to a green energy future with sustainable sources and high standards for renewables.
The governor's office calls Michigan a model for other states.
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, who is running for governor, said pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement is a bad call.
Whitmer said, "It's bad for business, bad for jobs, and it's bad for our kids."
She said 1 million jobs are at stake in Michigan due to climate change, so she wrote a letter to Gov. Snyder asking him to join the U.S. Climate Agreement.
Whitmer said, "Let's join this bi-partisanship group a show real leadership. Protect the things that make us great... I think it's important to make decisions based on facts and science and the facts are the globe is warming and the science shows we pay a dear price here in michigan for not being leader on this issue."
So far 285 mayors are committed to uphold Paris Climate Agreement goals, including the mayors of Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Detroit.