On May 21, 2009, the governors of 30 U.S. states and territories signed an agreement supporting federal legislation on climate change. The agreement calls on Congress to enact energy efficiency and clean energy legislation as well as to cap greenhouse gas emissions to levels that are guided by the science of climate change. The governors cite the need to create clean energy jobs and industries, protect natural resources, and mitigate costs to consumers and businesses as a basis for supporting federal legislation, and they have agreed to work with Congress and the Administration to create a strong climate and energy strategy. The bipartisan coalition includes governors from across the country, including members of the three regional cap and trade programs as well as Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and the territories of Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. As such, the Governors’ Energy and Climate Coalition represents diverse state voices advocating for federal climate policy.
Statement of Principles