Cross-posted from Legal Planet.
The Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment published a survey of state energy policies through 2017. The trend toward renewables has continued in 2018. Even after nearly two years of the Trump presidency, states haven't given up. Instead, they're moving forward aggressively. If anything, Trump seems to have stimulated these states to try even harder.
Here's a quick rundown of what's happened so far in 2018:
In another example of independent state action, the Western Governors Association recently passed a bipartisan policy statement related to methane. Bipartisan efforts like this shouldn't be rare, but they seem to be. The statement says that methane is "a potent greenhouse gas emitted from a variety of sources, including oil and gas operations, coal mines, landfills, agriculture, and natural sources." Thus, the statement continues, "[t]here are environmental and economic benefits of reducing methane emissions and opportunities for the beneficial use of this natural resource." Consequently, the statement calls for federal methane regulation to "(1) ensure that the capture, commoditization, and sale of methane is promoted; (2) give states the flexibility to integrate a variety of technologies and tools to achieve methane emission reduction standards; (3) recognize methane emissions reductions that result from existing state regulation of volatile organic compounds; and (4) work with states to ensure the consistent use of a single, clear method of quantifying methane emissions." The Association contains governors of all the western states, including many Republicans.
The news out of D.C. tends to range from bad to worse, except on the ideas where it's more like crazy to crazier. Nevertheless, there are good things happening in other parts of America. Meanwhile, coal plants across the county are continuing to close as Trump searches frantically for some kind of tourniquet to stem the bleeding. But like King Canute yelling orders at the ocean from the shore, he may find it difficult to turn back the tide.