On April 18, 2008, at Yale University’s 2008 Conference of Governors on Climate Change, four governors - along with representatives from another 14 states - signed a joint declaration on the future of climate change policy in the United States.
In agreeing to the declaration, the state representatives and the participating governors – Jon Corzine of New Jersey, M. Jodi Rell of Connecticut, Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas – recommitted to the task of addressing climate change. The declaration identifies several principles to help inform national climate policy, including the need for a partnership approach between the federal and state governments, that state-based programs should continue to receive support, and that mandatory action at both the state and federal level should be rewarded and encouraged. The signatories pledged to coordinate their respective efforts, and to solicit the support of other states and members of Congress in taking action. They also agreed to reach out to current Presidential candidates in order to help shape the first 100 days of the next Administration.
In addition to the four states represented by the participating governors, the 14 other states who signed the policy declaration included Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington. The Conference also included presentations and keynote addresses from a number of speakers, including Nobel Laureate Dr. R.K. Pachauri, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Theodore Roosevelt IV, Chair of Strategies for the Global Environment, the umbrella organization for the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, formally the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.
Yale University 2008 Conference of Governors on Climate Change
Governors' Declaration on Climate Change