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What does the Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia v. EPA mean for the federal government's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and act on climate change? On July 6, 2022, Georgetown Climate Center convened a webinar of Clean Air Act legal experts to explore questions arising in the wake of the decision.
This memorandum provides an overview of funding available to states in IIJA, and potentially available in BBBA, for climate-related investments — including formula funding and competitive grants for climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural and working lands resiliency, low-carbon infrastructure, clean energy deployment, and environmental justice — along with key considerations for states that wish to take full advantage of this historic opportunity.
Georgetown Climate Center conducts legal and policy analysis, facilitates dialogues between federal and state agency leaders, and convenes states and stakeholders to inform the development of federal standards to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector.
Georgetown Climate Center convenes states and other stakeholders to discuss opportunities for state leadership on climate and clean energy. The facilitation of regional and multi-state forums informs the development and implementation of federal policies and programs, and serves as a resource for states. Georgetown Climate Center also facilitates engagement by subnational leaders, including governors and state agency leaders, in international climate policy development.
An online database and networking site that serves policymakers and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change. This page includes resources to help policymakers understand, plan, and prepare for impacts of climate change to the energy sector, ranging from changes in energy demand to preparing for threats to energy infrastructure.
EPA’s forthcoming regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from power plants will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and drive cleaner generation in the electricity sector. The flexibility provided to states may also provide an opportunity for states to design programs that address their clean energy goals. This pre-proposal brief provides background information about the law and existing regulations and raises issues that states may want to consider in evaluating EPA’s proposal. States should look to the proposed rule for more information, as EPA’s approach to the regulations remains to be seen.
Five proposals have been offered in the 112th Congress to date that would limit or eliminate federal agencies’ and states’ authority to regulate greenhouse gases. The Georgetown Climate Center has developed a side-by-side comparison of all five. Update: None of these proposals were adopted during the budget process.
What States Need to Know About EPA Climate Actions
January 7, 2011
This issue brief (pdf) summarizes recent regulatory actions, notes potential obstacles to EPA's efforts, and discusses the role that states will play in the regulatory programs under development.
This overview of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Accountability act is focused on its impact on states.
The bill aims to reform offshore oil drilling regulation, strengthens tools to prepare for and respond to an oil spill, creates rebate and incentive programs for natural gas vehicles and electric vehicles, creates a national energy efficiency building retrofit rebate and financing program (Home Star), and funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
American Power Act Summary
May 18, 2010
Outlines the roles for states under the American Power Act. The 15-page summary outlines all provisions that affect states in the 987-page bill, including issues such as preemption, allowance allocation, treatment of state and regional allowances, transportation, adaptation, and other issues important to states.
The Georgetown Climate Center has released a report exploring the potential to link the cap-and-trade programs of the Western Climate Initiative, the Midwest Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
This presentation provides a comparison of allowance allocations to states in the Kerry-Boxer (S.1733) and Waxman-Markey (H.R.2454) bills, which would both create a national cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
These tables provide an overview of allowance allocations in the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives in June 2009.
The GCC, working with the World Resources Institute, analyzed the distribution of allowances to states and energy consumers as contained in the Waxman-Markey bill. These charts detail state-by-state allocations to households, small businesses, industries and other interests, as well as allocations to states for clean energy and other programs.
State-Related Provisions of H.R.2454
June 1, 2009
This document provides an overview of the state-related provisions in the H.R.2454 (American Clean Energy and Security Act) as passed by the U.S. House of Representatives (June 26, 2009).
he Georgetown Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, and former Colorado Gov. Ritter discussed state and city energy leadership at an April 26 CSIS event. The panel was moderated by Kyle Danish, senior associate of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and partner at Van Ness Feldman. Much of the conversation focused on the Clean Power Plan.
Yesterday, environmental agency officials from 14 states asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide more information and assistance related to the Clean Power Plan.
On the heels of last week's announcement by five northeast states and the District of Columbia that they will start developing potential market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation,...
The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted the sixth in a series of dialogues among senior state and power company leaders, NGOs, experts, and federal officials to further discuss implementation issues and state...
On Monday, August 3, the Obama Administration released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, which will reduce carbon pollution from the power sector. Below are resources for better understanding the final...
In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, environment and energy leaders from 14 states recently expressed strong support for the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan. This group of state...
In a late-session decision, the U.S. Supreme Court partially upheld Environmental Protection Agency permitting rules that reduce greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources of pollution, leaving most of...
State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5 for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.
The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.
This document provides a summary of EPA’s recently proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. It contains a particular focus on elements of the proposal that may be of interest to...
In the wake of the EPA's proposed rule to limit carbon pollution in the power sector, the Georgetown Climate Center has compiled a number of state-by-state resources and relevant information to help improve...