Report: 24 States Could Backslide on Climate Post-election

November 7, 2022

Climate Change Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

TIME Magazine has posted an in-depth report, looking at “the high-stakes local races that will shape the trajectory of the country’s efforts” to address climate change.

It notes that in the first two years of the Biden Administration, the federal government has approved hundreds of billions of dollars to tackle the issue. And much of that money would be funneled not just to the states, but it would go to “creating the local policy environments needed for renewable energy and other emissions-reducing technology to thrive.”

Yet new analysis by TIME found that after the midterm elections climate policy will be at risk in 24 states, while it will be likely to advance in 20 others.

States looking at advancements include, for example, putting hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles on the road by 2030, whereas regressive states are advocating against restrictions on gas-powered vehicles.

Some rollback states would also “tear up” caps on carbon emissions. The Biden Administration has set a target of cutting U.S. emissions in half by 2030 compared with 2005 levels which, TIME notes, cannot be done without state-level cooperation.

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