In response to the release of America’s Pledge on Climate Phase II Report, to quantify the emissions reductions of America’s cities, states, colleges and businesses, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from Lou Leonard, senior vice president for climate change and energy:
“There’s been a seismic shift in leadership on climate change from Washington, DC to Main Street, USA. Businesses, states and local governments have stepped in to fill the leadership gap. Current commitments by these new leaders can bring the US halfway toward its international climate goals.
“But even more is needed to fill the remaining emissions gap and reduce risks from droughts, wildfires and superstorms bearing down on American communities. We need more collaboration between sectors of America’s economy to transform food, electricity and transportation systems. The America’s Pledge report offers a roadmap for those sectors where we can achieve the most impact. Ultimately, we will need federal action to fully close the emissions gap, but this report shows how American corporate and local leaders can achieve even more at a scale that matters.”