“Same as it ever was – State leadership on climate change in the post-Obama era” by Jared Snyder, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy.
States have played a leading role in responding to climate change since the administration of George W. Bush in the early 2000s. They have implemented bipartisan climate change initiatives like the northeast States’ Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as well as policies to support renewable energy and energy efficiency. Those state policies informed and provided a model for President Obama’s climate initiatives, including the Clean Power Plan. Throughout the Obama years, New York and other States continued strengthening and expanding their efforts and their leadership is back in the spotlight in light of President Trump’s hostility towards any federal climate change policies.
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