States have been here before. The federal government’s interest in renewable energy—and, more generally, in a diverse power grid that reduces our current dependence on greenhouse-gas-generating fossil fuels—waxes and wanes depending on who is in power. For a number of years, federal policies have favored renewable energy over non-renewable fossil fuels. But the federal government is now signaling an interest in promoting coal, oil, and natural gas. States, on the other hand, for years have provided a more sustained and consistent framework for promoting renewable energy.
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