GHG Emissions - February 19, 2021
U.S. climate leaders launch coalition to support emissions cuts
To mark the United States' return to the Paris Agreement, thousands of non-federal climate leaders announced on Feb. 19 that they launched a coalition to drive a society-wide mobilization for bold climate ambition to uphold the country's commitment to domestic and international climate action.
“America Is All In” builds on the leadership shown by the nearly 5,000 cities, states, tribal nations, businesses and institutions that rallied to keep the U.S. on a path of climate progress during the Trump Administration. The coalition will work across sectors—together with the federal government—to not only meet but to bolster existing U.S. climate goals and align them with science-based targets, accelerating institutional and regional climate action and enabling the Biden-Harris administration to present to the global community a new national target of reducing emissions at least 50% from a 2005 baseline by 2030.
America Is All In is led by Michael R. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Climate Ambition and Solutions, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles and CommonSpirit Health CEO Lloyd H. Dean.
"Over the last four years, Americans from across the country have continued pushing forward and cutting emissions, because they understand that fighting climate change strengthens our economy and protects people's health,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “They've kept us on track to reach our Paris Agreement commitment, and with a strong partner in the White House, we can exceed it. We have a lot of work to do, and the more we support cities, states, businesses, and climate leaders across the country, the faster we can make progress. That's the goal of our new coalition, and we're looking forward to working with the new administration to build on the progress we've made and accelerate it in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit this November."
In addition, America Is All In will champion the participation of U.S. subnational stakeholders in the process for developing this climate target and the Biden Administration's strategy for reaching net-zero emissions by or before mid-century.