In response to the release of the America’s Pledge report, which analyzes climate action by U.S states, cities, businesses, and universities in support of the Paris Agreement, Lou Leonard, World Wildlife Fund’s senior vice president issued the following statement:
“As more and more US governors, mayors, corporate leaders and others step forward to lead on climate action, a key question is how much impact can they have. This report by America’s Pledge shows that the potential is enormous. If the American subnational leaders who’ve pledged their support for the Paris Agreement were a nation, they would be the third largest in the world.
“In America’s federal system and market economy, these subnational leaders are critically important. Businesses, cities and US states not only drive regional economies, they are powering our national transformation to a zero-carbon economy.
“As the report shows, there is significant untapped potential for these subnational leaders to do even more – to move toward 100% renewable energy, advance electric vehicles and optimize building efficiency. In the year ahead, businesses, cities, states and others must set new targets that seize these opportunities and align with the best science. By meeting and beating these goals, they can capture the economic and public health benefits of a booming clean energy economy.
“This is the leadership America needs.”