Searching for a New Deal on Climate? Look to the States
In response to ambitious climate proposals like the Green New Deal, Robert J. Klee asks: "Is there a version of this massive investment in decarbonization somewhere out there that is aggressive enough to meet the bar set by the scientists, yet pragmatic enough to work politically and as a matter of law and policy?"
The answer: "Yes, there is." Klee is a lecturer at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and served as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection from 2014 to 2019. In this series, he highlights policies from states across the country that could form the architecture of a comprehensive U.S. decarbonization plan.
Part I lays the groundwork and provides a roadmap for the series. Part II covers setting and achieving climate targets, Part III explores how to transform the electric grid, and Part IV takes on transit. Part V concludes the collection with an outlook on how to scale up states' successes.