Press Release

States Continue To Push For Climate Action Despite Paris Agreement Withdrawl

November 5, 2019



NCEL Point of Contact

Taylor Anderson
Communications Director


Statement from NCEL President Beth Kerttula on Withdrawl from Paris Agreement:

The Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement marks yet another backward step in the federal government’s responsibility to act on climate.

Yet, states continue to lead on climate action. Two years ago, over 550 state legislators from 45 states announced their commitment to adhere to the Paris agreement even as the federal government announced its withdrawal. Today, seven states have set goals for 100% clean energy, over one in five states are considering pricing carbon emissions, and states across the country are transitioning their economies to benefit from clean, abundant, renewable energy.

Despite the short-sighted decision to exit the Paris Agreement, state legislators and leaders in all levels of government will continue to lead and uphold progress on climate action and clean energy in order to secure a healthier world for ourselves and for future generations.


Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.