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.

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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.

California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Hawaii | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Nevada | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin

 

 

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2019
CONTACT: Helen Kalla | hkalla@gov.nv.gov

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 23 governors, representing over half of U.S. population and national GDP

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak today announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. He stated that “I said in my State of the State address that I will not spend a single second debating the reality of climate change and its impact on our state. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we are taking bold steps to ensure a better, healthier future for our children. With these ambitious goals and commitments to reduce our carbon footprint, I am determined to make Nevada part of the solution.”

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 Nevada as its newest member, the Alliance represents over half (51 percent) of the U.S. population and an $11 trillion economy.  The climate and clean energy policies of these states have created 1.6 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States. The climate and clean energy policies Alliance states have put into place cover 36 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Sisolak’s announcement, noting, “Under Governor Sisolak’s leadership, Nevadans will not only benefit from access to affordable, clean energy but also from the investments and job creation an ambitious energy agenda will attract. His goal of achieving a minimum of 50% in renewable energy by 2030 is one of the most ambitious clean energy goals in the country. We welcome Governor Sisolak into the Alliance, where Nevada will be able to share its leadership, and benefit from the support of other Alliance states in helping to deliver a bold climate agenda.”

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 23 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Hawaii | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Nevada | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Vermont | Virginia |  Washington | Wisconsin

 

 

Maine Governor Janet Mills Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 28, 2019
CONTACT: Kristin Igusky | kigusky@usclimatealliance.org

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 22 governors, representing 50% of U.S. population and over half of national GDP

Maine Governor Janet Mills today announced her plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. She stated that “Today I am excited to announce that Maine is now the 22nd member-state of the United States Climate Alliance. While the federal government ignores its responsibility to combat climate change, Maine will work with states across the country to meet the goals outlined in the Paris Climate Accord.”

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 Maine as its newest member, the Alliance represents half (50 percent) of the U.S. population and nearly an $11 trillion economy.  The climate and clean energy policies of these states have created 1.6 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States. The climate and clean energy policies Alliance states have put into place cover 35 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Governor Mills also announced this morning that in the coming weeks her administration will introduce legislation to create the Maine Climate Council. The Climate Council will consist of commissioners and key state leaders, science and technical experts, non-profit leaders, and representatives of climate-impacted industries. It will be established in statute, solicit public input, and will report regularly to the public on progress toward goals. The Council will lead efforts to reduce Maine greenhouse gas emissions. And, with the Council’s leadership, Maine will achieve 80 percent renewable energy in our electricity sector by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Mills’ announcement, noting, “Climate Change poses a real threat to Maine’s communities and economy. The Northeast region is already seeing increases in coastal flooding and extreme precipitation. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, Governor Mills is setting the stage for Maine to lead on climate action through priorities like investing in local renewable energy production and enhancing the state’s natural and working lands.”

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 22 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Hawaii | Illinois | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York |  North Carolina | Oregon | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin

 

 

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 12, 2019
CONTACT: Kristin Igusky | kigusky@usclimatealliance.org

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 21 governors, representing 50% of U.S. population and over half of national GDP

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers today announced his plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. He stated that “It’s a new day in Wisconsin and it’s time to lead our state in a new direction where we embrace science, where we discuss the very real implications of climate change, where we work to find solutions, and where we invest in renewable energy. By joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, we will have support in demonstrating that we can take climate action while growing our economy at the same time.”

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 Wisconsin as its newest member, the Alliance represents half (50 percent) of the U.S. population and over a $10 trillion economy.  The climate and clean energy policies of these states have created 1.6 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States. The climate and clean energy policies Alliance states have put into place now cover 35 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Evers’ announcement, noting, “Governor Evers has been vocal about how climate change poses a real threat to Wisconsin’s communities and economy. We look forward to working with the Governor on his priorities to invest in the state’s transportation infrastructure, increase locally-produced renewable energy, and protect natural and working lands across Wisconsin.”

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 21 governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | Hawaii | Illinois | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | Oregon | Puerto Rico | Rhode Island | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | Wisconsin