ClimateWire: States, Vowing to Resist Trump, Find Pitfalls on Climate

May 29, 2018

ClimateWire interviewed Vicki Arroyo to discuss progress states continue to make to tackle climate change in the year since Presidnet Trump announced that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris Agreement.

"At a time when both countries and states and business could have used the Trump announcement as an excuse to step back on greenhouse gas reduction efforts, they've actually been stepping up this year," Arroyo said.

Arroyo also discussed important regional efforts to address carbon emissions from the transporttaion sector.

ClimateWire reports that after years of talk, the Transportation and Climate Initiative, which comprises 11 states and the District of Columbia, has begun holding listening sessions this spring. Regional leaders are increasingly bullish that TCI will begin taking steps toward establishing a RGGI-style cap-and-trade program for the region's transportation sector.

Arroyo notes that TCI's work has coincided with increased state collaboration on reducing barriers for electric vehicles. "People are really engaging," she said.

Oddly, some of the greatest strides are being made in states where climate change remains a taboo subject, ClimateWire reports

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