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

 

 

 

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2019
CONTACT: Tiffany Brown | BrownT56@michigan.gov

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 20 governors, representing 47% of U.S. population and over half of national GDP

U.S. Climate Alliance members are now addressing one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced her plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance at a press conference in Lansing. She stated that “We’ve got to take action to protect our state from the effects of climate change. The science is in, and it’s time we get to work to mitigate the impact of climate change for the sake of our kids and future generations in Michigan.”

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 Michigan as its newest member, the Alliance represents nearly half of the U.S. population and an economy over $10 trillion. The climate and clean energy policies of these states will now be addressing one third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. So far, over 1.5 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs have been created in Alliance states, equivalent to 55 percent of all clean energy jobs in the United States.

In addition to joining the Alliance, Governor Whitmer’s suite of Executive Orders and Directives also ordered the restructuring of the Department of Environmental Quality as the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), as well as the creation of a new office of climate and energy that will work with the governor to mitigate the impacts of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and embrace more sustainable energy solutions.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Whitmer’s announcement, noting, “Governor Whitmer has acknowledged the real risks that climate change poses to the Midwest and the economic opportunities that come with moving towards a low carbon future.  We look forward to supporting her priorities like increasing Michigan’s supply of clean electricity, modernizing its power grid, and making sure the state is at the forefront of electric vehicle technology.”

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 20 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

 

 

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham Joins U.S. Climate Alliance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2019
CONTACT: Nora Sackett | nora.sackett@state.nm.us

Bipartisan Climate Alliance expands to 19 governors, representing 44% of U.S. population and half of national GDP

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham today announced her plans to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. She stated that Today marks an important shift in direction on climate policy in New Mexico. We know all too well states cannot rely on the federal government right now to act responsibly and take the bold action scientists have made clear is needed to prevent calamitous climate change fallout in our lifetimes. It’s up to us. And I have full confidence our commitments today will launch our state toward a robust transformation, with results delivered by each state agency to make a cohesive, effective whole.”

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 New Mexico as its newest member, the Alliance represents 44 percent of the U.S. population and a nearly $10 trillion economy.  The climate and clean energy policies of these states have created over 1.4 million renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs, equivalent to over half of all clean energy jobs in the United States.

In addition to joining the Alliance, Governor Lujan Grisham’s Executive Order also ordered:

  • The creation of a New Mexico Climate Change Task Force, which will provide strategic direction for achieving a statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris goals.

  • State agencies to work with key stakeholders and legislatures to increase New Mexico’s renewable portfolio standard and energy efficiency standards for electric utilities.

  •   State agencies to develop a statewide, enforceable regulatory framework to reduce methane emissions and prevent further waste from new and existing sources in the oil-and-gas sector.

U.S. Climate Alliance Executive Director Julie Cerqueira welcomed Governor Lujan Grisham’s announcement, noting, “Governor Lujan Grisham has set out a bold climate and energy agenda for New Mexico. Alliance states continue to demonstrate that climate action and economic growth go hand in hand, and we look forward to supporting her vision to make New Mexico a global clean energy leader.”

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

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