State and Local Climate Leadership in the Trumpocene

October 18, 2017

This article identifies the steps that leading governors and mayors in the United States are taking to move forward on both climate change mitigation and adaptation, and puts these developments in the larger context by describing what was already happening before the Trump election.

In a special issue of the Carbon & Climate Law Review (CCLR), Vicki Arroyo discusses the Trump Administration’s assault on climate change policy that has both frustrated and energised leaders at the state and local level. With the announcement of withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the rollback of the Clean Power Plan, and the reconsideration of federal vehicle emissions standards, governors and mayors are pledging to step up efforts in order to help fill the gap in federal leadership. They are building on existing climate, clean energy, and efficiency programs and are often accelerating or expanding their efforts to transition to a lower carbon economy while preparing for the impacts of climate change.

However, in this CCLR special issue entitled The Changing Prospects for Climate Law and Policy in the U.S., Arroyo explains that the work at the state and local levels will be made more challenging by federal rollbacks on climate change and by the Trump Administration’s promotion of fossil energy production, consumption, and exports.

The article can be accessed here.