Minnesota joins U.S. Climate Alliance

Minnesota will join a dozen other states whose governors have pledged to honor the Paris climate agreement, even if President Donald Trump won't.

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday that Virginia and 12 other states have formed an alliance to move forward on the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The other states in the coalition are New York, Washington, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia.

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On Friday, governors of four New England states- including Republican Govs.

Beyond the state participation, several of the country's largest corporations have also announced their intention to hop on board the alliance train. Trump has called it a "job-killing regulation" and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to review the plan. What the Climate Alliance ends up doing will determine if the actions taken count as an impermissible interstate compact.

Minnesota already has relatively aggressive plans for fighting climate change.

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Aside from the United States, the only nations that didn't joint the Paris climate deal were Syria and Nicaragua, whose leaders said the pact wouldn't do enough. Specifically, it requires countries to set their own targets for reducing emissions by 2020.

Delaware's greenhouse gases come from three primary sources: energy production, transportation, and industry.

In the absence of leadership from Washington, states, cities, colleges and universities and businesses representing a sizeable percentage of the US economy will pursue ambitious climate goals, working together to take forceful action and to ensure that the USA remains a global leader in reducing emissions. Together, we will remain actively engaged with the worldwide community as part of the global effort to hold warming to well below 2°C and to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy that will benefit our security, prosperity, and health.

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