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Climate Change Policy Advances in the States, but Slowly

Nov 6, 2012
(The Washington Post)

While Tuesday's election may not break the national logjam over how to address climate change, a few states will take decisive action on energy policy in the coming week.

On Nov. 14, California will hold the nation’s largest-ever auction of carbon pollution allowances, requiring many of the state’s biggest utilities and manufacturers to either cut their greenhouse-gas output or buy permits to compensate for it. Michigan residents vote Tuesday on whether the state will require that 25 percent of its electricity be produced from renewable energy by 2025. And Washington state voters will choose as governor either Jay Inslee, a Democratic former congressman and outspoken proponent of carbon limits, or his Republican opponent, Rob McKenna, a two-term attorney general.