States Vow to Defend their Rights under the Clean Air Act to Protect their Communities from Vehicle Pollution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 18, 2019

CONTACT:  Julie Cerqueira | jcerqueira@usclimatealliance.org 

 

 -- U.S. Climate Alliance co-chairs respond to Administration’s attack on states’ rights --

 

Governors Andrew Cuomo (NY), Jay Inslee (WA) and Gavin Newsom (CA), who serve as co-chairs of the bipartisan United States Climate Alliance, today issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s attempt to revoke the waiver that allows states to set more stringent emissions standards.  On July 9th, members of the U.S. Climate Alliance issued a statement announcing an effort to work together to support a strong national standard through the “Nation’s Clean Car Promise”.  

 

As co-chairs of the U.S. Climate Alliance – a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to addressing climate change – we strongly oppose today’s announcement by the Administration attempting to revoke the rights we have held for 40 years under the Clean Air Act to protect our residents from vehicle pollution.  This will impact not only California, but also the freedom of all states to choose how they protect their own communities from harmful pollution.   

This action undermines one of the country’s best climate and clean air programs and constitutes an attack on consumers, our environment, and our health.   It will increase air pollution, cost our residents more at the pump, and limit the ability of Alliance states to meet their own emission reduction targets and take crucial climate action.   

We will continue to defend our rights, and call on non-Alliance states, car makers, the health community, and others to work with us to uphold the economic, environmental and public health benefits of cleaner cars. 

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The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 25 governors committed to upholding the goals of the Paris Agreement.  Together, Alliance states represent over half the U.S. population, 40 percent of U.S. emissions, and an $11.7 trillion economy.

U.S. Climate Alliance Governors Issue the “Nation’s Clean Car Promise”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  July 9, 2019

CONTACT:  Kristin Igusky | kigusky@usclimatealliance.org

24 Governors representing more than half the car market commit to continue working together to support a strong national standard and states’ rights

 Members of the bipartisan United States Climate Alliance today issued the following statement announcing an effort to work together to support a strong national standard through the “Nation’s Clean Car Promise”: 

 “We, the undersigned 24 governors– a bipartisan coalition representing 52 percent of the U.S. population and 57 percent of the economy – stand together in calling for one strong, national clean car standard and support preserving state authority to protect our residents from vehicle pollution.  Strong vehicle standards protect our communities from unnecessary air pollution and fuel costs, and they address the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. 

We commit to continue working together to support a strong national standard and issue the “Nation’s Clean Car Promise.”

Nation’s Clean Car Promise

Climate change is one of the foundational challenges of our time, and to truly address it, America needs cleaner and more efficient transportation solutions.  Countries around the world already are stepping up to meet this challenge.  The United States has been a clean car leader and must continue to lead in both policy and innovation. 

We must unite to ensure a strong, science-based national standard, in California and across the country, that increases year-over-year, provides certainty for automakers and consumers, reduces greenhouse gases, and protects public health.   

We call for a common-sense approach that protects the role of states at the negotiating table and establishes a strong, national standard that:

·       Achieves continuous, meaningful annual reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and criteria pollutants while saving consumers money.

·       Provides regulatory certainty and enhances the ability to invest and innovate by avoiding extended periods of litigation and instability.

·       Preserves good jobs in the auto sector and keeps new vehicles affordable for more Americans.

 

Implementing one strong, national standard as outlined in the Nation’s Clean Car Promise is in the best interest of states, automakers and consumers.  It also shows the world that America is a leader on transportation and environmental protection. We will not compromise on our responsibility to protect the health of our communities, our climate, and the savings consumers stand to gain at the pump.  We will continue to pursue additional concrete actions to fulfill this duty and defend against any threats.” 

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock Becomes 25th Governor to Join U.S. Climate Alliance

 Bipartisan Climate Alliance represents 55 percent of U.S. population and 60 percent of national GDP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 1, 2019

CONTACT: Marissa Perry, 406-444-4514

Montana Governor Steve Bullock today issued an executive order to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. In his announcement, he stated, “Climate change is already impacting our way of life and our economy. How we choose to respond to the changes around us offers a pivotal opportunity to both safeguard our traditional strengths and diversify and grow new opportunities for our future. Like all difficult issues we tackle here in Montana, I know we can find a path forward by getting together, rolling up our sleeves, and focusing on the values we share in common.”

His announcement comes on the heels of the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Climate Alliance, formed on June 1, 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement.  With Montana as its newest member, the Alliance represents 55 percent of the U.S. population, an $11.7 trillion economy, and 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The climate and clean energy policies of Alliance states have created over 1.7 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over 60 percent of all clean energy jobs in the United States.

 By joining the Alliance, governors commit to: 

 ●      Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025

 ●      Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and

 ●      Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

In addition to joining the Alliance, Governor Steve Bullock ordered the creation of the Montana Climate Solutions Council, which will provide recommendations and strategies for the state to:

-        Develop a state Climate Solutions Plan that includes recommendations toward achieving long-term net greenhouse gas neutrality, with an interim goal of achieving net zero GHG emissions for average annual electric loads by 2035;

-        Work with the Montana University System to build resilience across the state; and

-        Advance technologies that support low and negative emissions while addressing the transition needs of communities through economic development and workforce strategies.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Steve Bullock's announcement, stating that “In just over two years, the Alliance has grown from three governors to 25, sending a strong signal that state leaders across the country are continuing to rise to the climate change challenge and build bipartisan solutions that aim to make their states more resilient, equitable, and climate-friendly. We welcome Governor Bullock and Montana into the Alliance and applaud the efforts he outlined in today’s executive order. His vision for Montana will not only start to address the state’s largest source of GHG emissions but will also spur technological innovation and economic development in communities across the state.” 

 

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U.S. Climate Alliance Urges the Department of Energy to Withdraw their Proposal to Weaken Energy Efficiency Standards for Light bulbs

U.S. Climate Alliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 30, 2019
Contact:  Kristin Igusky – kigusky@usclimatealliance.org

The United States Climate Alliance has urged Secretary Perry and the U.S. Department of Energy to withdraw a proposed rule that dramatically weakens energy efficiency standards for general service lamps, which account for a significant percentage of Americans’ total electricity consumed. The current standards have saved residents in Alliance states hundreds of billions of dollars while reducing energy use and carbon pollution. Energy efficiency standards are a proven, cost-effective tool to help states uphold the goals of the Paris Agreement while saving consumers and businesses money on their energy bills.  Today’s LED light bulbs are an American success story, made possible by common sense, bipartisan energy efficiency standards.  Alliance states stand ready to take the steps necessary to protect the environmental and economic health of their residents.

To read the full letter, click here.

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 29, 2019
CONTACT: J.J. Abbott, 717-783-1116

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 24 governors, representing 55% of U.S. population and 60 percent of national GDP

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. He stated that “Pennsylvania is proud to join this bipartisan coalition of 24 governors, representing over half of the U.S. population to work to implement policies that uphold the commitments our nation made in the Paris Agreement. With the federal government turning its back on science and the environment, I am proud to join with states that are leading the way towards new climate solutions, and taking concrete actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. States like Pennsylvania must take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect our communities, economies, infrastructures, and environments from the risks of a warming climate.”

The Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. By joining the Alliance, governors commit to:  

·       Implement policies that advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emission by at least 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025

·       Track and report progress to the global community in appropriate settings, including when the world convenes to take stock of the Paris Agreement, and

·       Accelerate new and existing policies to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy deployment at the state and federal level.

With Pennsylvania as its newest member, the Alliance represents 55 percent of the U.S. population, an $11.7 trillion economy, and 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The climate and clean energy policies of Alliance states have created over 1.7 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over 60 percent of all clean energy jobs in the United States.

In addition to joining the Alliance, Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement also included the release of Pennsylvania’s Climate Action Plan, which identifies 100 specific actions across 19 strategies that will help achieve the Commonwealth’s adaptation goals and greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. Recommendations include sectoral strategies ranging from increasing end use energy efficiency and implementing sustainable transportation practices to using agricultural best practices and incorporating historical and projected climate conditions into siting and design decisions for long-term infrastructure, among many others.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement, noting, “Governor Tom Wolf has made it clear he is ready to lead on climate action. Just last December, Pennsylvania joined a regional effort to address transportation emissions and in January, Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first greenhouse gas reduction target. We look forward to supporting the Governor’s wide range of climate priorities like promoting solar energy and decarbonizing its power grid while creating new, good jobs in the clean energy industry.”

The Alliance was formed in June 2017 in response to President Trump’s announced intent to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement. Each state commits to reducing their emissions in line with the U.S. target under Paris, and all have enacted new climate policy measures since joining the Alliance. In September, the Alliance announced a suite of new commitments, including the deployment of $1.4 billion to decarbonize transportation and take steps to protect natural and working lands as carbon sinks by 2020.

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The U.S. Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of 24 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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