As the country recovers from the pandemic and economic crisis, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity not only to repair, rebuild, modernize, and strengthen our infrastructure, but also to confront the urgent climate threat.
In April, our states committed to reduce collective net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 and to collectively achieve overall net-zero GHG emissions as soon as practicable, and no later than 2050, in support of the new U.S. climate target (also known as the nationally determined contribution). A robust infrastructure package that aligns with the climate and clean energy components of the American Jobs Plan gives us tools and resources we need to meet these goals.
Together we can fix what’s broken. We can put Americans back to work and create good jobs. We can build healthy, equitable, resilient, connected, and sustainable communities, and mobilize private investment.
One year ago, we called on Congress to kickstart the recovery with additional COVID aid and infrastructure investments. Today, while the American Rescue Plan is providing immediate relief to many communities, our infrastructure continues to crumble and our climate continues to change. We know the longer we wait to act, the more expensive the solutions get.
It’s time to make the major investments we need to meet the climate challenge head on and create a better future for America and its people.
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.