U.S. Climate Leadership – One Year Later…

One year ago, President Trump announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement - abandoning the federal government’s role in leading efforts to combat climate change.

But since then, Americans have stepped up. Over 2,700 leaders from states, cities, and businesses – representing 159 million people and $6.2 trillion in GDP – declared “We Are Still In” and are ramping actions to cut carbon pollution as the rest of the world continues to work toward the goals of the Paris Agreement.

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One year later …

U.S. carbon emissions are continuing to fall

In 2017, U.S. energy-related carbon pollution fell to its lowest level in 25 years.

 
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Clean energy now employs nearly 790,000 workers in the U.S., with 350,000 employed in wind and solar

Wind and solar power employs more than 30,000 in Texas, 9,000 in Colorado, and 5,000 in Pennsylvania, and nationally, these jobs could double in the next 10 years.

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Clean energy technologies continue to get cheaper

In the past 10 years, the costs of wind generation, LEDs, lithium-ion batteries, and solar photovoltaics, have fallen by 70% or more.

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Clean energy deployment continues to surge

Since June 1, 2017, the U.S. has added more than 9 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity, and this year, electric vehicles and battery storage are expected to nearly double.

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Coal plants are closing at a rapid rate

Despite Trump administration attempts, more coal plants retired in the first month of 2018 than retired between 2009 and 2011.

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States are building a clean energy grid

States continue to set ambitious targets for renewables. In 2018, New Jersey finalized a new target of 35% by 2025 and 50% by 2030.

 
 
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States comprising 35% of the U.S. economy are taking steps to put a price on carbon pollution

By the end of this year, states accounting for at least 35% of U.S. economy are expected to have adopted a cap-and-trade program.

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States are cutting emissions across many key sectors

States are passing policies to address pollution from oil & gas and from cars & trucks. In 2017, Utah became the latest to enact standards for methane pollution from oil and gas.

 
 
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States are defending critical climate policies

States are protecting critical carbon policies from Trump administration rollbacks. On May 1, 2018 seventeen states sued the block the EPA’s proposed elimination of emissions standards on cars and trucks.

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Companies are stepping up to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Over 100 companies have announced emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement, including 25 headquartered in the U.S.

 
 
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A growing number of electric utilities are accounting for the financial risk posed by climate change

In 2017, shareholders of nine electric utilities called on the companies to plan for the financial impacts associated with decarbonization and climate change.

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The private sector is increasingly investing in renewable energy

Businesses, large and small, financed a total of 2.8 gigawatts of new renewable energy capacity in 2017.

 
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84 cities and counties are committed to going 100% renewable

More cities and counties are committing to sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewables. Among them is Minneapolis, which adopted a goal to achieve 100% by 2030.