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Maui News: Governor Green Sets Course for Hawai’i Climate Leadership

January 10, 2023
Maui News reports on Governor Josh Green's announcement to continue Hawaiʻi’s membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance.

“‘To rescue what’s dear to us, to preserve our way of life — we need bold action,’ Green said as he kicked-off Climate Week. ‘And Hawaiʻi is poised to lead the globe on clean energy and climate issues — boldly, into the future.’


This vision includes climate policy initiatives including a recommitment to the US Climate Alliance, and the establishment of a Climate Advisory Panel.


‘We welcome Hawaiʻi’s continued membership in our climate action coalition and are proud to partner with Governor Green, a longtime champion of renewable energy and clean transportation,’ said US Climate Alliance Executive Director, Casey Katims in a press release issued by the Governor’s office. ‘Under the Governor’s leadership, we know Hawaiʻi will continue to boldly confront the climate crisis and set an example across the country, throughout the Pacific, and globally.’


The US Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Hawaiʻi is the only Pacific Island member of the coalition.”

About the Alliance

Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.


Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.