Washington, D.C.- Ahead of Climate Week 2019 and worldwide youth lead climate strikes, the League of Conservation Voters is releasing a new report detailing the historic state and local clean energy progress that has been made across the country in the first 250 days of 2019. The first half of this year has been one of the most impactful periods of climate action in our country’s history, led by LCV’s Clean Energy for All campaign, as state and local governments have taken huge strides towards building our clean energy future. As a result, one in four people in this country now live in a place committed to 100% clean energy.
The report features clean energy victories secured by governors, legislatures, city governments and even utilities. Many of these wins have taken place with significant bipartisan support, in “red” states like South Carolina and Idaho, and in historically fossil fuel extraction states like New Mexico and Colorado. The report details how LCV state affiliates built the necessary political power to get this clean energy progress across the finish line.
The full report can be read here.
Clean Energy for All is a campaign by LCV and its state affiliates to move our country to 100% clean energy by demonstrating grassroots demand, winning ballot initiatives, and securing candidate commitments. In the 2018 election cycle, voters elected more than 600 climate champions up and down the ballot who had committed to fight for 100% clean energy.
“Elections have consequences. The clean energy progress made so far in 2019 has been historic and we plan to continue building on these victories,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Despite the White House and Senate leadership refusing to act, governors and state and local officials s are leading the way to a clean energy future. People in this country are demanding climate action and these sweeping, bipartisan victories are proof that getting the right people in office, developing smart policies, and strong organizing on the ground can defeat the influence of the fossil fuel industry.”