Federal information tends to steal the limelight, however when it comes to spearheading modern climate and energy coverage states are actually the place the motion is at.
World leaders gathered on the United Nations Climate Action Summit earlier this week, the place Secretary General Antonio Guterres referred to as on international locations to enhance their commitments to combating the climate disaster with concrete plans slightly than platitudes. But whereas President Trump stopped by the summit on Monday, the U.S. was successfully absent from the excessive profile occasion.
In truth, the federal authorities has been pulling again on its climate commitments. But there’s nonetheless climate management to be discovered within the United States — it’s simply coming largely from the subnational degree.
In this week’s episode of Political Climate, we talk about how states are main the way in which on climate and clear energy coverage within the absence of federal motion. We’ll share an interview with New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on how she’s transitioning her fossil gasoline heavy state to 100 % clear electrical energy whereas additionally cleansing up the extraction trade.
Then we’ll convey you a dialog recorded dwell on the National Association of State Energy Officials annual assembly earlier this month , the place we sat down with NASEO’s seasoned authorized skilled Jeff Genzer to talk about how each pink and blue states (together with some you won’t anticipate) are implementing modern carbon decreasing insurance policies.
- NYT: At U.N. Climate Summit, Few Commitments and U.S. Silence
- GTM: New Mexico Governor to Sign 100% Clean Electricity Bill ‘As Quickly As Possible’
- Reuters: Minnesota, New Mexico to undertake California car emissions guidelines
- EcoWatch: States March towards 100% Clean Energy – Who’s Next?
- CCL: Bipartisan climate working group kinds in Senate, led by Sens. Coons, Braun
Political Climate is produced in partnership with the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, and thanks to invaluable assist from producer Victoria Simon.