As states and territories with substantial experience advancing policies that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we welcome the opportunity to provide input on EPA’s design and deployment of new Climate Pollution Reduction grants under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Tackling the climate crisis requires both state and federal action and the Alliance looks forward to working collaboratively with the Administration to ensure our states can harness these unprecedented resources to accelerate action and achieve our shared net-zero climate goals.
Designed appropriately, these grants can supercharge our work in the years ahead and help Alliance members update and build out existing climate plans; incorporate additional sectors and policy considerations; raise ambition; conduct more robust technical and legal analysis; increase stakeholder engagement; advance environmental justice; and importantly, address critical capacity constraints across state government to do the work of putting our goals and plans into action.
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.