WASHINGTON, D.C. – One week after President Joe Biden moved to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the bipartisan United States Climate Alliance committed to forging a new kind of state-federal partnership to confront the climate crisis, Executive Director Julie Cerqueira today issued the following statement welcoming additional executive climate action from the Biden administration:
“In just a week, the new administration has forcefully backed many of its promises with swift action, real commitments, new staff, and sound science. This is a remarkable shift, but now comes the hard part. Averting climate catastrophe and rebuilding our country will take all of government and all of America, including the Alliance’s governors and states. Let’s get to work — together.”
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.