Washington, DC – Gina McCarthy, the Managing Co-Chair of America is All In and former White House national climate advisor, released the following statement on the final COP28 text released today:
"The final COP28 agreement is not the end of our work, but an important market signal and the beginning of a new era of climate action. While it could have gone further, we are now no longer avoiding talking about fossil fuels but attacking them globally.
Special Envoy John Kerry’s unwavering optimism, patience, and tireless diplomacy should be applauded for helping the world reach this commitment to transition away from fossil fuels and rapidly scale up renewable capacity. The U.S. showed up. We were “All In” at this COP. The Biden administration’s framing of climate action as an opportunity that grows jobs, boosts the economy, and improves health and equity clearly paid off. The Inflation Reduction Act changed the dynamic. Everywhere I went it was all about the IRA. It proved to be a tremendous turning point not just for the U.S. to strategically come to the negotiating table, but to show the world that investing in clean energy to compete against fossil fuels works. Buoyed by massive IRA investments in clean energy and the action from mayors, governors, business leaders, and more, the U.S. could encourage other countries to increase their ambition by launching several initiatives to accelerate the clean energy transition, phase out coal, cut methane emissions, protect our freshwater resources, and support developing countries to build resilience and climate-aligned economies as they reduce emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
We have our marching orders: tripling global renewable energy capacity by 2030, more public and private sector investments in the developing world, halting deforestation and land degradation, and giving every country - especially those in the Global South - a chance to build stable, secure clean energy economies. We must act with urgency and determination now to meet these goals because they will make or break what happens in the next 20 years. America Is All In remains committed to doing what we know is just and right, working toward eliminating fossil fuels and moving toward a more equitable future for all people."
About America Is All In
America Is All In is the most expansive coalition of leaders ever assembled in support of climate action in the United States. Mobilizing thousands of U.S. cities, states, tribal nations, businesses, schools, and faith, health, and cultural institutions, the coalition is focused on pushing and partnering with the federal government to develop an ambitious, all-in national climate strategy that meets the urgency of the climate crisis; scaling climate action around the country to accelerate the transition to a 100 percent clean energy economy; and promoting the leadership of non-federal actors on the world stage.
Led by the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael R. Bloomberg, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, Apple Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson, and former White House National Climate Advisor and 13th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy, America Is All In is driving a nationwide movement to cut U.S. emissions in half or more by 2030 from 2005 levels and reach net zero emissions by 2050, while guarding against the impacts of climate disruption.
Alongside whole-of-government action on climate, America Is All In champions a whole-of-society mobilization to deliver the transformational change that science demands, with the goal of a healthy, prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future. To learn more or get involved, visit www.americaisallin.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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