September 01, 2019

The new progressive federalism: States’ rights to clean air and climate protection

Melissa Hoffer

Today, as we face a climate emergency, our thinking about energy and environment is, of necessity, more integrated than ever. State programs—market-based and otherwise—to promote clean energy and reduce power sector greenhouse gas emissions have been very successful. Yet federal regulatory actions aimed at weakening greenhouse gas regulation and recent efforts to advance wholesale energy market changes that would favor carbon intensive fuel sources jeopardize states’ rights to build on the success of their climate protection and clean energy policies.

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