Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday he is signing on with a group that wants to implement the Paris climate accord at the state level.
The announcement by the Democratic governor is the latest sign his administration is taking a much different approach to global warming than his Republican predecessor, Scott Walker.
Evers plans to sign on with U.S. Climate Alliance, a group of mostly Democratic governors that says it is “committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.”
Evers said he hoped to learn from other states about ways to reduce carbon emissions and might put climate-related provisions in the state budget he introduces this month. He didn’t provide specifics, and such ideas would likely be difficult to get through the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Nineteen governors already belong to the group, which includes Democrats and Republicans.
President Barack Obama signed the international climate accord in 2016, but Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from it after he was elected. A group of governors formed U.S. Climate Alliance in 2017 in response to Trump’s action and set a goal of having their states cut greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 by at least 26 percent compared with 2005 levels.
Walker in 2016 ordered state agencies not to prepare for climate rules set by the Obama administration that have since been rescinded by the Trump administration.