Full Title: Clean Resilient States: The Role of U.S. States in Addressing Climate Action
Author(s): Morgan Higman, Sarah Ladislaw, Nikos Tsafos
Publisher(s): Center for Strategic & International Studies
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
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U.S. states have always played an important role in setting the nation’s energy and climate policies, each charting their own course for energy production, consumption, and environmental impact within the bounds of often inconsistent federal regulation. The Biden administration has pledged to shepherd in a new era of federal-level climate action in the United States with commitments to expand renewable energy and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, a goal already adopted by a number of states. However, these plans will be subject to the limitations presented by a Congress that is deeply divided on climate change. For this reason, state-level policy will continue to play a critical role in shaping the country’s progress in addressing climate change.