This comes as US President Donald Trump signed an order to dismantle Obama-era climate change regulations. Tuesday's executive order was his clearest step yet on environmental policy. He said the order ends the "war on coal" and said it opens the way for the use of "clean coal" to be used for energy production.
America's coal industry has always been in decline, with natural gas, cheap renewable energy, automation and tricky geology making the sooty fuel a less lucrative prospect.
Trump said he was reversing government intrusion, cancelling "job killing regulations" and returning power to the states.
Still, for the President, the order appears to fulfill campaign promises to put coal miners back to work.
"Our solar industry has positioned us as the number two state in the nation for installed solar, which has been key in attracting high-tech employers like Google", Rogers said in a statement. Trump, who has called global warming a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, said during his campaign that he would kill Obama's climate plans and bring back coal jobs.
In a joint statement, Governors Jerry Brown of California and Andrew Cuomo of NY, both Democrats, said: "With or without Washington, we will work with our partners throughout the world to aggressively fight climate change and protect our future".
Another part of the order starts the process of removing President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan that required states to slash carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
At issue is Obama's 2015 Clean Power Plan, which sought to reduce carbon emissions at coal-fired electrical plants while boosting America's reliance on renewable energy sources. He said he proposed the miners get out of the industry and find other jobs.
The Trump administration has not said whether it will pull out of the Paris deal.
The day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order making it "virtually impossible" for the U.S.to live up to its commitments to the Paris Climate Accord, China has doubled down on its commitment to combat climate change. Even though Trump's supporters believe the move will create thousands of new jobs in the gas, oil and coal sectors, environmentalists lambasted it as a risky and embarrassing attempt to revive the American coal industry.
Developing and least developed countries are expected to receive $100 billion from the GCF annually starting 2020 to help them adapt to climate change and adopt clean energy technologies going forward to mitigate climate change.