Friday, April 4, 2014

State Greenhouse Gas Initiatives

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Earlier this week I wrote about the new IPCC report.  It focuses in on the challenges of global climate change based on hundreds of research reports.  There is no doubt that climate change is happening and that we are not doing enough to solve the problem.

The U.S. is now the second most significant contributor of greenhouse gases in the world.  However, we do not have any significant national policy to address this issue.  As a result of this, states and local governments are leading the way in the U.S. on climate policy.  Take a look at New York's climate office page here.  You'll notice that they have a range of solutions that they are working on to solve the problem.

Yet the U.S. is hampered by a lack of consistency from state to state due to the lack of national leadership on this issue.  Some states, like New York are doing quite a bit, but the approaches, goals, and initiatives will vary considerably from state to state.  Plus many states forfeited the game and walked away from advancing any climate change policy.  Florida, for example, was working on climate initiatives but now does little to nothing at the state level on climate change policy.

Take a look at what your country, state, region, or city is doing on climate policy.  Is there anything going on or is there room for improvement?


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