“Growth, Carbon, and Trump: State Progress and Drift on Economic Growth and Emissions `Decoupling’’’
Entitled “Growth, Carbon, and Trump: State Progress and Drift on Economic Growth and Emissions `Decoupling,’’’ the new analysis offers an important perspective on where continued climate and energy progress may be able to come from at a moment of great uncertainty at the federal level.
With questions swirling about what President-elect Trump will do in Washington, the report argues that state progress on emissions trends matters more than ever, and that it is important to track those trends, understand what is driving them, and consider how progress can be accelerated given the need to dramatically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the century. To that end, the new report and graphics provides updated information on state growth and emissions trends; state fuel choices; and needed policy supports. We show that while the replacement of carbon generation in power plants with natural gas has driven substantial progress in the last decade, several other factors—including cheaper renewables and nuclear power—are in play and are producing a varied state-by-state picture. Given that, the report includes some striking visualizations and 50-state data.