Now that 2010 has gone down as one of history’s hottest years, many states are choosing not to wait for Congress to tackle global warming and are taking their own steps to slash greenhouse gas emissions.
States are increasingly adopting stricter, energy-saving building codes, spending more money (partly federal) on energy efficiency and prodding big polluters to cut heat-trapping emissions.
This is true, and thank goodness for the power of states to take such action. Doubling their spending on energy efficiency in two years’ time, rolling smooth with regional cap-and-trade programs that also bring in billions of dollars, passing important renewable energy standards and other supportive legislation, and more, states are stepping it up while our broken Congress does little to nothing (and even takes aim at the EPA, trying to stop it from doing its job — protecting the public’s most precious natural resources). Read more on USA TODAY: States take lead in efforts to fight climate change.
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