LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive directive today entering Michigan into the United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of states around the country committed to reducing greenhouse emissions to at least 26 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. Michigan is now the 20th state to join the coalition. In response to the Governor’s announcement, state Rep. Mari Manoogian (D-Birmingham) issued the following statement:

“Climate change is almost universally recognized as one of the most serious threats to our world today, and as the state with over 20 percent of the world’s fresh water resources it is high time we take it seriously. Joining the US Climate Alliance is an important step to mitigate and reverse the negative impacts that unaddressed climate change will have on Michigan’s economy, public health, and general well-being. I am encouraged by Gov. Whitmer’s decision to prioritize this important issue, and am ready to get to work on supportive legislation that promotes good environmental stewardship.”