States Tackling Climate Change while Congress Sits Frozen

"Most of the highest-scoring states for energy efficiency are on the West and East coasts, according to a 50-state scorecard by the private American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy."

States are stepping it up, while Congress does nothing or even tries to stop the EPA from doing its job and regulating global warming pollution). States are implementing progressive climate change laws and cutting their carbon pollution. Thank goodness for strong state and regional leadership in the U.S. Here’s more:

Now that 2010 has gone down as one of history’s hottest years, many states are choosing not to wait for Congress to tackle global warming and are taking their own steps to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

States are increasingly adopting stricter, energy-saving building codes, spending more money (partly federal) on energy efficiency and prodding big polluters to cut heat-trapping emissions.

“This is ground-breaking work the states are doing to provide leadership,” says Kevin Kennedy of the California Air Resources Board, a state agency that approved rules in December to cut the state’s current carbon dioxide emissions 15% by 2020….

Read the full story on USA TODAY: States take lead in efforts to fight climate change.

Image Credit: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy