An unprecedented coalition of 17 governors from across the country just pledged to take bold new action on climate. Elected leaders from both sides of the political divide are increasingly recognizing the necessity, and the benefits, of investing in climate solutions. To this end, they have committed to investing in renewables, updating and modernizing the electricity grid, and slashing fossil fuel emissions from transportation.
The commitments come as the consequences of inaction, and benefits of action become undeniable. As more states face extreme weather events, and more intense natural disasters, the financial burdens of climate change are becoming a real burden on state coffers. By developing and implementing bold action plans, the governors are able to better prepare their respective state for unforeseen weather events, as well as boosting local economies, creating stable, well paying jobs for residents, and improving mass transportation infrastructure in communities.
The governors represent 17 states, which account for roughly 40% of the country’s population. Their action illustrates the power that a committed coalition of climate leaders can have. From communities, to cities and states, there is a recognition that climate solutions benefit residents, economies, and are a political winner for both Republicans and Democrats. Lead in your community by joining Path to Positive Communities!
Coalition of US states pledge to accelerate renewable energy efforts
By Oliver Milman | The Guardian | February 16, 2016
A bipartisan group of governors from 17 states has pledged to accelerate their efforts to create a green economy in the US by boosting renewables, building better electricity grids and cutting emissions from transport.
An accord signed by the governors states that the US must “embrace a bold vision of the nation’s energy future” by reducing emissions, transitioning to clean energy sources and ensuring that infrastructure isn’t risked by extreme weather events such as floods and wildfires.
The agreement sets out commitments to expand renewable energy and energy efficiency and integrate solar and wind generation into electricity grids. These grids will be “modernized”, the accord states, to improve energy reliability.
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