Following the Trump administration's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, supporters of the agreement stressed that state and local governments would need to take a leadership role in reducing our country's greenhouse gas emissions. And states and municipalities are stepping up.

In early June, nearly 340 U.S. mayors signed a letter pledging to "honor and uphold the commitments to the goals enshrined in the Paris Agreement." Around the same time, several states formed the U.S. Climate Alliance, an effort to bring states together to meet the emissions reductions agreed to in the Paris Agreement. Twelve states - including our neighbor, Minnesota - and the territory of Puerto Rico have joined the alliance. La Crosse state Rep. Jill Billings co-authored a letter to Gov. Scott Walker, urging Wisconsin to join the Climate Alliance and to commit to "implementing a state-based plan to fight climate change." The letter was also signed by state Sen. Jennifer Shilling and Rep. Steve Doyle.

Wisconsin has a history of leadership in valuing and conserving our natural resources. These resources and our health are now threatened by climate change and the fossil fuel use driving it. If you would like Wisconsin to address climate change and continue our tradition of conservation leadership, tell Gov. Walker that our state should join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Momentum for climate action and a clean energy future is building. It's time for Wisconsin leaders to get on board.

Kathy Allen

La Crosse

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