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Vermont Democrats Call on Governor Scott to Join “United States Climate Alliance”




Conor Casey, VDP Executive Director



Vermont Democrats Call on Governor Scott to Join “United States Climate Alliance”

June 2, 2017


Montpelier, VT -  Following the President’s devastating announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, many states took immediate action. The governors of California, New York, and Washington issued a statement urging other states to join the newly-formed United States Climate Alliance, a coalition of states committed to upholding the principles of the Paris accord. “If the President is going to be AWOL in this profoundly human endeavor, then California and other states will need to step up,” said Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA).


The powerful message was a stark contrast to the release issued by Governor Scott, who offered nothing to counter Trump’s assault on the environment. “This action is more than just ‘disappointing’ and ‘concerning’ as expressed by Governor Scott,” said VDP Chair Faisal Gill. “To say Vermont can combat climate change by staying the course falls far short of addressing the single greatest threat to humanity.”


“Scott, who hedged on whether climate change was caused by humans through most of the 2016 campaign*, has offered virtually no meaningful proposals to address this crisis,” said Gill. “In fact, despite expressing support for 90% renewable energy by 2050, he has at the same time called for a moratorium on wind turbines - a confusing stance to say the least.”


“This isn’t a problem that will go away if ignored,” said Gill. “The Vermont Democratic Party is calling on Governor Scott to stop acting like a national Republican and to join the United States Climate Alliance today.”      


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*“All five candidates said they believed climate change is real — though Scott hedged on whether it was caused by humans.” [Rutland Herald, 7/21/16]