Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday announced that Colorado would join the U.S. Climate Alliance and signed an executive order pledging to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris agreement that the Trump administration has rejected.
"Coloradans value clean air and clean water," Hickenlooper said in a statement. "Our strong economy is a reflection of how our exhilarating outdoors attracts young entrepreneurs and the talent they need for their businesses. The vast majority of our residents, and indeed the country, expect us to help lead the way toward a clean and affordable energy future. In this process, we no doubt can address climate change while keeping a priority on household budgets."
The executive order declares the state's intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent as compared to 2005 numbers, which is in line with the Paris climate agreement. The order also aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2025 as compared to 2012 levels, and 30 percent by 2030. It also seeks a 2 percent reduction in electricity savings from total electricity sales by 2020.
In addition to setting a goal for an electric vehicle plan by 2018, the executive order seeks to work with electricity and utility companies as well as communities to capitalize on renewable energy.
The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed in response to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement last month by the governors of New York, California and Washington, the Denver Post reports. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia are joining Colorado in the alliance intended to follow regulations from the Paris Agreement.
Colorado's new executive order comes after lawmakers in California reached a deal to extend a cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state. California's legislature could vote on it as early as Thursday, the Washington Post reported.