WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the release of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the U.S. Climate Alliance issued the following statement from Executive Director Casey Katims:
“We applaud Senate leadership for reaching a compromise that includes historic investments to address our climate crisis, create good jobs, and save Americans money. Now, it’s time for Congress to swiftly pass this legislation and for President Biden and our states to further utilize our authority across all levels of government to speed America’s transition to a net-zero economy. Wildfires are raging, lakes are disappearing, and people are dying due to extreme heat — we have no time to waste.”
This legislation comes after 22 Alliance governors called for a bold climate and clean energy package from Congress in June.
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.