03/29/2019 - Legal Analysis - State & Local Climate Strategies - Student Work

A Post-Trump Accounting of State Climate Action

by Michelle Melton, JD 2019

Federal retrenchment on climate policy has been an important catalyst to state action. Many states are redoubling their efforts in order to fill the gap created by federal deregulation. States are working to achieve substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions and even reach the U.S. Paris Agreement pledge of reducing emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 emissions by 2025.

This paper outlines what actions states have taken to mitigate climate change following the election of President Trump. We cover cross-sector policies, electricity sector policies and transportation sector policies. Click here for the full text.