The Republican Party is going to need a new plan to deal at some point with the impact of climate impact, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning at a meeting of the National Governors Association.
The meeting was to discuss how states could prepare for the impacts of climate disruption, but the meeting also included Trump’s plan for a national energy transition.
The Trump administration’s energy transition plan was released in January, but Trump has repeatedly said it is not a final plan and that it is a “work in progress.”
He has said he has yet to finalize the plan.
The administration’s Energy Transition Plan outlines the process for developing a national plan to transition the nation’s energy systems to a cleaner energy future, which would also include the transition of the nation from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.
The Energy Transition plan was drafted by the National Academy of Sciences, the Joint Council of Economic Advisors, the Council of the Governors of the United States, the National Research Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Association of Manufacturers.
The goal of the plan is to create a transition to a more secure energy system for our nation, Trump said during the meeting.
States are already grappling with the challenges of climate impacts.
California is considering how to transition its state from fossil fuel to renewable sources, and Michigan has proposed a plan that would allow it to get off of coal.
The United Kingdom is moving toward a low carbon future and has pledged to use the full amount of the $100 billion a year it is committed to under the Paris climate agreement.
The United States has pledged the equivalent of $3.6 trillion to the United Nations.
The National Governors association also voted Tuesday to recommend that states prepare for an “end to fossil fuels and an end to fossil fuel production.”
The plan calls for developing an infrastructure that can support the transition to renewables.
It calls for states to develop “high-capacity” renewable energy projects to support their plans to transition away from fossil energy.
States that are moving toward an energy transition must make sure they are also transitioning away from coal.
It recommends that states begin transitioning toward low-carbon energy sources within 10 years.
The plan recommends that all states use the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and the Clean Air Act to help them transition away and that states adopt “green infrastructure” to help support the transitioning.
The White House will issue a report to Congress later this year outlining the plan for the transition.