November 14, 2016
The Guardian features a new Georgetown Climate Center report about the clean energy advances being realized in many states - both blue and red.
The articles notes that installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40% in the United States since 2011, with solar capacity ballooning by 577%. But the election of Donald Trump threatens this trend, with the president-elect promising to abolish the Clean Power Plan, cancel all federal money for clean energy development and “unleash an energy revolution” by opening large areas to coal, oil and gas interests.
“Elections matter and who Donald Trump appoints to key positions at the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, as well as the future of incentive programs, will have major consequences,” Vicki Arroyo told The Guardian in an interview.
“When George W. Bush took the White House we saw California and mid-Atlantic and New England states step up and create cap-and-trade systems and reduce emissions," Arroyo said. “It’s important to have federal policy, but we may well be back into the cycle of states and cities, who see the consequences of climate change every day, stepping up to take leadership.”
Read the article here.