Inslee announces ‘bold climate action’ with White House, Newsom

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington Governor Jay Inslee is partnering with California Governor Gavin Newsom and the governors of Hawaii, Wisconsin and Maine to take action against climate change through a new state-federal partnership that promises to create new jobs.

The governors are meeting with White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday to show how their states and the federal government plan to “win the future through bold climate action,” according to Inslee.

The event will be livestreamed here:

The parties are part of the United States Climate Alliance, described as a “bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

The states in the alliance say they are committing to three main goals:

  • Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025
  • Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement
  • Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level

“In WA, we know it is possible to protect our environment and have a strong economy through bold climate action,” Inslee said in a tweet previewing the event.