The U.S. Climate Alliance today called on the Biden administration to move swiftly on more than 20 specific federal climate actions that will support states and accelerate America’s transition to a net-zero future.

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U.S. Climate Alliance Recommends Federal Executive Actions to Speed America's Net-Zero Transition

February 9, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As governors from across the country convene in the nation’s capital this week, the U.S. Climate Alliance — a bipartisan coalition of governors representing approximately 60 percent of the U.S. economy and 55 percent of the U.S. population — today called on the Biden administration to move swiftly on more than 20 specific federal climate actions that will support states and accelerate America’s transition to a net-zero future.


“Continued prompt, effective deployment of federal executive authority is essential to put our nation on a path to meet our emissions reduction targets and achieve our shared climate goals,” said Alliance Executive Director Casey Katims. “These critical actions will improve public health, create more jobs, and save consumers money, while helping us tackle the climate crisis and build the clean energy economy of the future.”


The Alliance detailed its federal climate action recommendations in a letter sent today to President Biden ahead of a meeting at the White House tomorrow with governors from across the U.S. These actions, which the Alliance encourages the administration to take as quickly as possible over the next two years, extend to agencies and authorities throughout the federal government.


Together, these actions will cut emissions across sectors, empower climate-leading states, advance environmental justice, increase resilience, and lower energy costs. Several of the Alliance’s high-priority recommendations include:


  • Strengthening federal light-, medium-, and heavy-duty vehicle standards by adopting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and fuel economy standards before 2024.
  • Empowering states to set more stringent vehicle emission standards by approving California waiver requests under the Clean Air Act.
  • Tackling GHG emissions from industrial facilities and electricity generation by rapidly adopting new standards under the Clean Air Act.
  • Reducing harmful pollutants from buildings by establishing strong emissions-based standards for space and water heating equipment.
  • Developing the first national adaptation strategy to ensure that climate resilience is embedded across all regions and sectors.


Since President Biden took office, the Alliance has forged a robust state-federal partnership to advance solutions across government. This partnership has led to historic climate action over the past two years, including passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, restoration of states’ authority to set stringent clean car standards, the phase down of harmful hydrofluorocarbons, and much more.


The complete list of the Alliance’s federal climate action recommendations can be read here.

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.