WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 by both chambers of Congress, the U.S. Climate Alliance issued the following statement:
“We commend Congress for passing historic legislation with urgently needed investments to combat the global climate crisis, strengthen our economy, and safeguard the health and well-being of Americans,” said Alliance co-chairs Governors Hochul (NY), Inslee (WA), and Newsom (CA). “While we know there’s much more work to do to protect the most vulnerable, this puts our country’s commitment to cut emissions in half by 2030 within reach. We stand ready at the state level, alongside President Biden, to use every tool available to deliver on the promise of this legislation — and go even further.”
Recent analysis of the Inflation Reduction Act shows that its climate provisions can put the United States on a pathway to reducing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions up to 44 percent below 2005 levels, lower Americans’ energy costs, and create more than nine million jobs by 2030. Alliance Governors have pledged to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50-52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
The bill makes meaningful investments in state climate action, providing critical resources to accelerate state leadership in tackling greenhouse gas emissions and protecting Americans from climate impacts, including:
$27 billion for states and other entities to deploy zero-emission technologies and reduce climate pollution in disadvantaged communities through a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
$8.6 billion for state energy offices to help consumers retrofit their homes through High-Efficiency Electric Homes Rebates (HEEHRA) and a Home Energy Performance-Based, Whole-House Rebates (HOMES) program.
$5 billion for states, municipalities, and tribal governments to develop and implement plans to reduce climate pollution through Climate Pollution Reduction Grants.
$2.2 billion for state and private forestry conservation programs to plant trees and undertake land acquisition projects.
$1 billion for state and local governments to adopt building energy codes, including $670 million for zero energy codes.
$5 million for states to adopt and implement clean vehicle standards.
Today’s vote comes after 22 Alliance governors called for a bold climate and clean energy package from Congress in June. The legislation now goes to President Biden’s desk for signature.
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.