States Lead on Climate

How States Are Laying a Roadmap for Bold Federal Climate Action

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, as the Trump administration continues to push U.S. federal climate policy in precisely the wrong direction, America’s state and local governments have been rising to the challenge and taking meaningful action to address climate change and build a just and equitable clean energy economy. States continue to use significant authority over utility markets, infrastructure, and transportation systems to enact significant policies aimed at reducing carbon pollution. Many states are also designing policies that include the voices of low-income communities, workers, and communities of color—and many states are making investments in those communities most affected by climate change. This state leadership is laying a roadmap for federal lawmakers to use in achieving nationwide climate action.

Earlier this month, Virginia became the latest state to enact 100 percent clean energy legislation, joining the 14 other leading states and territories committed to a 100 percent clean energy by midcentury. This growing wave of state climate leadership is critical for reducing the carbon pollution that is fueling the climate crisis and ensuring that the communities most affected by climate change benefit in the transition to clean energy. It also demonstrates that bold climate action is possible and popular and shows the rest of the world that the majority of Americans remain committed to climate solutions.

Panelists will discuss the clean energy solutions and coalitions advancing progress in Virginia, Colorado, and Illinois, as well as the important lessons that both state and federal lawmakers can derive from this progress.

Please join the Center for American Progress, the League of Conservation Voters, and state leaders for an online event highlighting successful state leadership against the climate crisis—and what it means for future federal climate action.

We’d love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions you have for our panelists via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #StatesLeadOnClimate.

This event will be live captioned at americanprogress.org/livecaptioning.

Opening remarks:
Neera Tanden, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Distinguished panelists:
Jennifer McClellan, Virginia State Senator
Faith Winter, Colorado State Senator
Jen Walling, Executive Director, Illinois Environmental Council

Moderator:
Sam Ricketts, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress