Most States Are Combating Climate Change and Growing Their Economies

Source: Mike Maciag, Governing, December 8, 2016

But a new report, released right after Trump nominated a climate skeptic to lead the EPA, shows that some states still have rising emissions.
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Growth, carbon, and Trump: State progress and drift on economic growth and emissions ‘decoupling’
Source: Devashree Saha and Mark Muro, Brookings Institution, December 8, 2016

…..With the stunning election of Donald Trump to the presidency, every aspect of the low-carbon paradigm for national and world progress has been thrown into doubt, starting with the federal government’s support of the quest to “decarbonize” the economy by decoupling economic growth from emissions growth.

All of which raises the question of how resilient the decarbonization paradigm is at the state and local level. Given their substantial powers to encourage emissions decoupling, states and cities are crucial players in the carbon drama. Therefore, it is worth assessing whether states’ and localities’ momentum on decoupling is strong enough to maintain recent progress.

And so this brief takes a look at state-level decoupling trends by matching data on real GDP growth between 2000 and 2014 for all 50 states and the District of Columbia with data on energy-related carbon dioxide emissions for the same years and locations. In doing so, the brief provides an initial baseline look at the pace and geography of state-side decoupling and decarbonization—with an eye to assessing state-level momentum on the brink of federal pull-back…..