Governor announces Nevada joining US climate alliance

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Steve Sisolak says Nevada will join an alliance of state governors pledging to abide by the goals in the Paris climate accord.

Photo courtesy Governor Sisolak's Office

The Democratic governor announced Tuesday that the state would take "bold steps to ensure a better, healthier future" and become "part of the solution."

He's joining 22 other governors who've signed on to a U.S. Climate Alliance to uphold the accord's goals despite President Donald Trump's order to pull the U.S. from the agreement.

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Sisolak's office said Nevada will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by at least 26 percent in the next six years.

The state will also commit to track and report its progress and work to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy.

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Statement from Governor Sisolak:

“I said in my State of the State address that I will not spend a single second debating the reality of climate change and its impact on our state. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we are taking bold steps to ensure a better, healthier future for our children. With these ambitious goals and commitments to reduce our carbon footprint, I am determined to make Nevada part of the solution.”

By joining the Alliance, Nevada is making three major commitments:

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

Statement from Nevada Conservation League:

“Governor Sisolak today delivered on his promise to fight for Nevadans’ futures by setting ambitious goals to reduce carbon pollution and accelerate the deployment of clean energy. This strengthens our faith, shared by the majority of Nevada voters last November, that Governor Sisolak is the leader our state needs as we tackle the effects of climate change.

"Climate change is an immediate threat to our environment and to our families, and while the federal government fails to act, states are leading the charge in curbing our carbon footprint. Taking action now will not only show the nation that climate action is possible, but also grow Nevada’s clean energy economy and improve our public health."

"We welcome today’s announcement and are proud to stand with Governor Sisolak in fighting climate change.”