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Fast Company: ‘This is the Most Consequential Time for Humans’: Governor Jay Inslee on Climate Change

May 24, 2023
Washington Governor Jay Inslee talks about his climate work in his home state and as an Alliance co-chair.

FC: What’s the role that states can play now in climate action?


JI: The states are, in some sense, where the next game will be played. Under the current situation in Congress, it’s unlikely that you’re going to be able to see major strides forward. But we can in our states. [A group of states called the U.S. Climate Alliance] represents 60% of the whole U.S. economy. So this is the place we can make major steps forward. The action is in governors’ races and state legislative races now. I commend people to think about it in those terms, to support people that can really help.”

About the Alliance

Launched on June 1, 2017 by the governors of Washington, New York, and California to help fill the void left by the previous administration’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, the Alliance has grown to include governors from across the U.S. Governors in the Alliance have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025, at least 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030, and collectively achieve overall net-zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050.


Alliance states and territories are achieving lower levels of air pollution, delivering more energy savings to homes and businesses, preparing more effectively for climate impacts, generating more electricity from zero-carbon sources, and collectively employing over 40% more workers in the clean energy sector than the rest of the country. For more information on Alliance members’ bipartisan, cross-sector climate action, see our Fact Sheet.