It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.

President Biden and Congress must lead the charge to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just and inclusive clean energy future. Join our work to help make it happen.

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It’s time for an all-out national mobilization to defeat the climate crisis.

President Biden and Congress must lead the charge to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just and inclusive clean energy future. Join our work to help make it happen.

Governors Leaned Into Climate and Won. Now They Must Deliver.

The results of the 2022 midterms are a huge victory for climate action at the state level at a critical time.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (MI), Gov. Tony Evers (WI), and Gov-elect Wes Moore (MD). (Photo of Moore: © 2022 Town of Ocean City/Flickr)

No races on the ballot in 2022 will impact climate action more than state elections. The results of the 2022 midterms are a huge victory for climate action at the state level at a critical time. Tuesday’s elections saw victories across the board for Democratic governors who have pledged to move further and faster on decarbonization. In this election, at least 17 governors were elected who have collectively pledged an 80% reduction in their states’ emissions. 

Democrats also gained trifectas in Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota—and now have the opportunity to move forward on more aggressive climate plans. The results of the 2022 midterm elections provide a major opportunity for progress confronting the climate crisis and building a just, thriving, and inclusive clean energy economy. 

Now that historic climate investments in the federal Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) are law, states will be a central battleground in the fight against climate change in the coming months and years. Strong leadership from governors will be key to implementing the IRA and in advancing ambitious state climate policies to decarbonize the most polluting sectors in our economy. Put simply: state level action is essential to ensure we hit our climate targets. 

The 2022 election represents a clear turning point in the politics of climate, building on over a decade of mobilization at the local, state and federal levels. Unlike in past cycles, Democrats facing strong political headwinds didn’t shy away from climate, they leaned in. Democratic governors on the ballot and new candidates for governor released new climate plans, enacted new policies, began implementation of federal climate investments and prioritized addressing environmental justice in their states. These governors leaned in on climate and they won.

It’s clear that voters expect their leaders to take bold action on the greatest threat we face. These governors, many of them now backed by new legislative majorities, must now act with urgency to deliver on their commitments by prioritizing the enactment of bold new policies to reduce climate pollution and invest in the economy of the future. 

States have a generational opportunity to both implement and build on the federal victories the climate movement has secured over the past year. 2023 needs to mark the beginning of an era of accelerated state climate leadership. Governors should begin their terms prepared to mobilize their entire administrations to go further and faster on climate than ever before.

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