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Never before have local actions been so critical. Governors, mayors, and town boards have initiated and expanded their commitments to climate action even as the U.S. federal government has stepped away from international climate leadership and rolled back more than 95 Obama-era climate policies, ambitions and regulations. There is a fascinating US interactive map, populated in real time, showing a geographical overview of financial incentives and regulatory policies, state-by-state, that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency here

States, Districts, and Territories are taking the initiative to switch over to renewable energy sources. 

Already, in 2015, Hawaii established a goal of 100% renewable electricity sources by 2045.

In 2018, under Governor Jerry Brown, California required that 50% of their electricity be powered by renewable resources by 2025 and 60% by 2030, while calling for a “bold path” toward 100% zero-carbon electricity by 2045.

By May 2019, (following Washington D.C. in January; New Mexico in March; Nevada and Puerto Rico in April) Washington became the 5th state to pass a 100% clean energy target. By the third week of June, New York’s Senate & Assembly both passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Signed by Governor Cuomo on July 18, 2019, it is the most comprehensive and aggressive climate change legislation in the nation.

Gov. Janet Mills addressed the UN on September 23, 2019, and pledged that Maine will go carbon neutral by 2045; Colorado signed legislation which reduces 2030 greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%; Nevada signed legislation to move to 50% renewable by 2030, and several more states, including New Jersey and Massachusetts, adopted plans to achieve 100% clean energy by 2050, with Washington  delivering legislation mandating 100% clean electricity by 2045.

Cities, towns and municipalities are equally motivated: over 153 cities and thirteen counties have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals. Six additional U.S. cities — Aspen CO, Burlington VT, Georgetown TX, Greensburg KS, Rock Port MO, and Kodiak Island AK — have already hit their targets, generating 100% of their energy from clean, non-polluting and renewable sources.

Green marker: Achieved 100% Renewable Powered by 100% Renewable Energy: These communities have fully transitioned to 100% clean, renewable energy sources to power the community’s electricity needs.
White marker: Committed to 100%Committed to 100% Renewable Energy: These communities have made community-wide commitments to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy no later than 2050.

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Many changes are going to come about because politicians fight to control global warming through laws and regulations. Some of them are worthy of our praise and support. These governors have joined the US Climate Alliance and have pledged to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement within their respective state.

 

TCI’s Regional Policy Design Process

05/15/20
In light of the unprecedented need for governors and agencies to respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Transportation and Climate Initiative jurisdictions have shared an adjusted timeline for developing a regional clean…

To Counteract Trump on Climate, States Set Clean Energy Targets

09/24/19
Democratic state lawmakers passed a wave of bills this year they hope will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, even as the Trump administration moves in the opposite direction.

The United States Conference of Mayors

07/02/19
The United States Conference of Mayors is the official non-partisan organization of cities with a population of 30,000 or larger. Each city is represented by its chief elected official, the mayor. View their 2019 Adopted…

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Change

05/28/19
Co-chaired by Maros Sefcovic and Michael Bloomberg, The Global Covenant of Mayors serves cities and local governments by mobilizing and supporting ambitious, measurable, planned climate and energy action in their communities by working with city/regional…

United States Climate Alliance

04/05/19
The United States Climate Alliance is a bipartisan coalition of governors committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement. Smart, coordinated state action can ensure that the United States…

100% Commitments in Cities, Counties, & States

04/05/19
Across the U.S. over 90 cities, more than ten counties and two states, have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals. Six cities in the U.S.--Aspen, Burlington, Georgetown, Greensburg, Rock port, and Kodiak Island--have already…

We Are Still In

01/31/19
Already in 2017, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg formed the “We Are Still In” coalition, which now includes some 3,500 leaders across the country who have pledged action on climate change that would, if…

Citizens Climate Lobby

01/19/19
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping…

Beyond Carbon

01/09/20
Check if your state, territory, or district is working on climate and clean energy policies, including 100% clean energy laws, carbon pollution reduction targets, and policies to expand transit and support electric vehicles.

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By John Murawski and Will Doran   10/29/18  
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By Brady Dennis and Michael Laris   10/26/18  
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California to Fight ‘Unlawful’ Trump Fuel Economy Rollback

By John Lippert   10/24/18  
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The Senate Race That Climate Change Could Tip

By Megan Hart   10/23/18  
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Jerry Brown Made Climate Change His Issue. Now, He’s Not Sure How Much Politicians Can Do.

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Andrew Cuomo Faces An Environmental Revolt

By Alexander C. Kaufman   09/01/18  
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Jerry Brown vs. the Climate Wreckers: Is He Doing Enough?

By Mark Hertsgaard   08/28/18  
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California Assembly advances 100% clean energy bill

By Liam Dillon   08/28/18  
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New York City Just Took Historic Step Toward Cutting Its Top Source Of Climate Pollution

By Alexander C. Kaufman   08/20/18  
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Cuomo Pushes Environmental Protections While Accepting Oil & Gas Donations

By Josefa Velasquez and Alex Kotch   04/27/18  
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New York State Assembly Passes the Climate and Community Protection Act

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Coast to coast state carbon pricing efforts

By Lynn Meyer   09/11/18  
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Gov. Sisolak announces Nevada will be the 23rd state to join U.S. Climate Alliance

By Phillip Moyer   03/12/19  
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By Alex Reice  Photo by CELIA HACK / HERALD   03/12/19  
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San Francisco’s Version of a Green New Deal Is Taking Over Its Power Company

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By Rocky Barker  Photo by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg   03/11/19  
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Seattle mayor proposes heating oil tax to push electrification

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Seattle mayor releases climate action plan

By Katie Pyzyk   04/06/18  
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US governors, mayors, businesses, commit to Paris climate pact goals

By Timothy Cama  © Getty Images   06/05/17  
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