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The Republican Party is Crumbling as Key Governor Joins Democrat Coalition

One of the most influential state Republican leaders in America just took a brave stand against President Donald Trump.

Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is a Republican, but he’s joining with more than a dozen other Democratic governors across the country to reject the Trump administration’s latest anti-environmental moves. Trump announced last week that he would end U.S. involvement in the global climate change agreement, but these governors are vowing to do their part to reach the goals laid out in the Paris agreement.

This is a major turning point in the destruction of the Republican Party – Trump is so unpopular that fellow Republicans are breaking ties with him like never before in modern American political history.

“As the commonwealth reiterates its commitment to exceed the emission reduction targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, today we join the U.S. Climate Alliance to expand our efforts while partnering with other states to combat climate change,” Governor Baker said in a statement.

The Hill reports:

Republican Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts announced Friday that he will join a climate change initiative launched by several Democratic governors in the wake of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

… The U.S. Climate Alliance was formed by the governors of California, Washington, and New York just hours after Trump announced on Thursday that he will pull the United States out of the global climate accord.

… Gov. Baker — who, with a 75% approval rating, is the most popular governor in America — said he expected other states to join the initiative “to protect the environment, grow the economy and deliver a brighter future to the next generation.”

So far, Governor Baker’s decision to break with the Trump administration is getting extremely positive reviews from his home state of Massachusetts.

The Lowell Sun reports:

Govs. Charlie Baker and Phil Scott, two of the four Republican governors in New England, announced late Friday afternoon that they would join a coalition of states committed to fulfilling the tenets of the Paris Climate Agreement despite President Donald Trump’s decision this week to withdraw from the international pact.

Baker had said he was disappointed in Trump’s decision and committed to promoting clean energy and reduced carbon emissions in Massachusetts, but demurred when asked earlier in the day about joining the coalition. Over the course of the day, Baker’s office said the governor was able to connect with Vermont’s governor Scott and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, one of the founding members of the U.S. Climate Alliance.

We need to see more of this!

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