The U.S. Climate Alliance submitted a letter to congressional leaders to outline recommendations for federal COVID-19 emergency and relief efforts.

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U.S. Climate Alliance Outlines Federal Stimulus Recommendations

July 21, 2020

COVID-19 has caused a public health crisis, unprecedented job losses, and a national recession that requires further bold action to provide relief and achieve a resilient and equitable recovery. The U.S. Climate Alliance has outlined actions that can ensure essential state services are uninterrupted and states can begin the recovery process. Specifically, we recommend that Congress direct:  


  • at least $500 billion in immediate, flexible federal aid for states and territories, in addition to separate aid for local government; 
  • additional flexible funding to modernize, decarbonize, and enhance the resilience of our nation’s infrastructure; and  
  • incentives to mobilize private investment and create public-private partnerships. 


The current crisis demands a comprehensive, strategic, and equitable response. By preserving core state and local government services, revitalizing our nation’s critical infrastructure, mobilizing private investment, and creating family-sustaining jobs, governors outline how to do this in a way that puts us on a path to economic recovery and addresses the ever-growing climate crisis.   

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.