State governments recognize advantages and economic opportunities presented by the clean energy revolution, and have the tools to take action. Make no mistake, they are seizing the momentum, addressing climate change, and creating stronger communities for generations to come.
Since 2000, 30 U.S. states have promoted robust economic growth while slashing their carbon emissions — proving once again that smart climate policy is also an economic boon for American taxpayers.
Virginia is for Lovers — and Low Carbon!
In May, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe called on state officials to establish a statewide cap on carbon emissions from power plants. It’s a crucial step that puts Virginia at the forefront of sub-national efforts to fight climate change and foster a clean energy economy.Learn More
“As the first state in the Trump era to take executive action to limit carbon emissions and create clean energy jobs, Virginia is proud to join this alliance of states, cities and businesses. President Trump's announcement to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement does not speak for the states and cities that are committed to fighting climate change and paving the way for a new energy economy. If the federal government insists on abdicating leadership on this issue, it will be up to the American people to step forward — and in Virginia we are doing just that.”