As we recover from the pandemic and economic crises of the past year and a half, we have a unique opportunity to not only provide immediate relief to our communities, but to also improve how we deploy federal funds in the years to come. With that in mind, we write to urge you to consider several common-sense changes to federal funding rules that will enable states with the greatest staffing, budgetary, and capacity constraints to effectively utilize — and therefore maximize the impact of — federal funding opportunities.
Put simply: If these states succeed, then the country succeeds.
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.