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Route Fifty: Senate Approves Democrats' Sweeping Climate and Health Bill

August 7, 2022
Route Fifty speaks with Alliance Executive Director Casey Katims about the impact and potential of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

“Casey Katims, executive director of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group of 24 governors who have pledged to take action to confront climate change, described the bill as ‘a watershed moment,’ adding that opportunities to curb climate-warming emissions will ‘look a little different in every state.’ 


Katims said it is exciting that the bill includes funding to help states create rebate programs for residents to make home upgrades that could improve energy efficiency and decrease reliance on fossil fuels. He also highlighted grants that will go towards helping disadvantaged communities deal with climate change.” 

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.