State governors call on Trump to stay in Paris climate deal

5 May 2017   Climate

U.S. could sacrifice economic edge to China if it leaves the Paris climate agreement, state governors tell the White House. File Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI May 4 (UPI) — There’s a competitive edge in staying in the Paris climate agreement because of the need for low-carbon developments under the accord, U.S. governors said. Twelve state governors, including those rich in shale natural resources, signed a letter to President Donald Trump requesting continued alignment with the global climate agreement. In the letter, they remind the president that, because it’s a multilateral accord, other developing economies like China and India will capitalize on the economic benefits of renewable technology if the United States leaves. John Hickenlooper , the governor of shale oil and gas state Colorado, said clean-energy jobs support more than $3.5 billion in wages, with secondary economic benefits coming from lower electric bills. “Clean energy is a win for […]

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