Statement: Midwestern Governors Announce Emissions Reduction Agreement

Statement by Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change

November 15, 2007

The announcement today by the Midwestern Governors is an important development - both environmentally and politically. This agreement fills a geographic gap in regional climate action, sending a clear message that the U.S. states are increasingly united behind efforts to reduce our emissions. The Midwest emits relatively high levels of greenhouse gases and is especially dependent on two economic sectors that are absolutely critical to addressing climate change -- coal and agriculture. Constructive Midwest engagement dramatically increases the likelihood of developing a sensible national policy.