Virginia Governor Defies Trump on Paris Climate Deal, Pushes Investments in Solar and Wind

At the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, a number of US senators, mayors and governors staged a defiant anti-Trump revolt. The lawmakers were part of a coalition of cities, universities, faith groups and companies who attended the UN climate summit to reject Trump’s vow to pull the US out of the Paris deal and instead proclaim “We Are Still In.” We spoke with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

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AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman.

We are just back from our weeklong broadcast from the UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, where a number of US senators, mayors, governors staged a defiant anti-Trump revolt, declaring, “We’re still in.” That’s the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal. In Bonn, I spoke with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE: …here because we need to send a message to the world — forget what Donald Trump says. That we’re serious about climate change. I’m the governor of Virginia, and when Trump moved out of the Paris climate agreement, I was the first governor to come out and say, “We’re going to do it ourselves.” So through an executive directive, I’m doing what should have been done at the national level on the Paris agreement. I’m embarrassed about what Donald Trump did. So I’m here to spread the message.
Trump isolated himself. He did not isolate the United States of America.

AMY GOODMAN: Specifically, what was that executive directive that you issued in Virginia?

GOVERNOR TERRY MCAULIFFE: So we are moving ahead in Virginia as if the Paris climate agreement is still in effect. We’re going to meet the same standards. We’re joining the RGGI states. And we’re doing — as I say, I did it through an executive directive, by the power of the governor to do it. I would not have been successful trying to get it through my legislature. We did have a huge win in Virginia on Tuesday and picked up at least 15 seats, so our legislature — maybe now we can get…

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