Western Resource Advocates today praised President Joe Biden’s order recommitting the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement and noted that state action must complement and advance any federal efforts to address climate change.
“President Biden’s decision to have the United States rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement is a crucial and welcome first step to make progress in reducing the carbon pollution that drives climate change. In addition, we must see continued and expanded state action to realize significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and we need additional and more aggressive federal measures, beyond rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, to put our nation on track to meet the reductions called for by the science,” said Jon Goldin-Dubois, president of Western Resource Advocates. “Many climate policy decisions are made at the state level, and federal efforts should drive greater emissions reductions and foster new and expanded state initiatives to reduce fossil fuel pollution and provide substantial investments in clean electricity, carbon-free buildings, and greater use of electric vehicles.”
Through our Climate Fix initiative, Western Resource Advocates works at the state and local level across the West to foster a transition from fossil-fueled power generation to clean energy and transportation, while seeking to help build clean energy markets and modernize the grid. Our plan is to reduce carbon emissions over 50% below 2016 levels by 2030.
In 2019, we facilitated a leap forward when lawmakers in Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado – with WRA’s help and expertise – enacted some of the most forward-thinking laws in the nation to reduce carbon emissions. WRA is working to ensure those states fulfill their commitments and adopt more aggressive goals over time, and to encourage other states to follow suit.