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Washington Post: State Climate Action Could Be Supercharged by the Inflation Reduction Act

August 17, 2022
“There has been lots of talk about federal climate action. Don't sleep on state climate action.”

“The legislation includes the following investments in state climate action, according to the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to meeting the goals of the Paris agreement: 


  • $8.6 billion for state energy offices to help consumers make energy-efficiency upgrades to their homes through rebate programs. 
  • $7 billion for states, municipalities and tribal governments to deploy clean-energy technologies and cut emissions in disadvantaged communities through a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, commonly referred to as a green bank. 
  • $5 billion for states, municipalities and tribal governments to develop and implement plans to curb emissions through Climate Pollution Reduction Grants. 
  • $2.2 billion for state and private forestry conservation programs to promote natural carbon sequestration, including by planting trees. 
  • $1 billion for state and local governments to adopt building energy codes, including $670 million for net-zero energy codes. 
  • $5 million for states to adopt more stringent tailpipe emissions standards for cars and light trucks. 


‘What’s monumental about this package is that it recognizes the role of states in confronting the climate crisis,’ Casey Katims, executive director of the U.S. Climate Alliance, told The Climate 202. ‘Implementing this package is going to be no small task, but I know governors are up to the challenge.’” 

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.