Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Consumer, Business, and Green Agreement

February 15, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Illinois Clean Jobs

In Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner's first State of the State address he outlined Illinois' grave economic position and highlighted a desire to make the state more competitive and create jobs. The same day, a new coalition was announced that could help make his wish come true: the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition.[read more]

Making Energy Work for Real People in Michigan

February 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

At Michigan's State of the State address this week, Governor Rick Snyder pushed a vision of 2015 that aims to restructure how government operates and works for real people. What this could mean on the energy front, however, is still to be determined.[read more]

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

December 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Governors and State Health

Recently the Western Governors’ Association joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the natural gas sold at market, methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant.[read more]

Republican Charlie Baker's Win in Liberal Massachusetts Offers Path Forward on Climate Change

November 6, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet

Climate Change and Politics

In winning the Massachusetts Governor’s race, Republican Charlie Baker’s platform on climate change reflected not only a pragmatic approach to meaningfully addressing the issue, but also a strategy that can help Republicans with their flock of dodos image problem.[read more]

Let's Get to Work on a Strong Plan to Protect Floridians from Carbon Pollution

August 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Carbon Pollution Mitigation

Over the course of our campaign to encourage Florida Governor Rick Scott to develop a strong plan for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan standards, I have been heartened to hear about the efforts of so many in Florida to make reducing carbon pollution.[read more]

Here's the First Peek at Pent-Up Demand for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Virginia

June 19, 2014 by Jim Pierobon

Virginia Energy Diversification Efforts

Efforts by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to diversify the state’s energy mix are off to a curious start. He created an “Energy Council” to advise him and set six dates for “listening sessions” throughout the Commonwealth to field recommendations from the public.[read more]

8 US States Target 3.3 Million Electric Vehicles On The Road By 2025

October 26, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Electric Vehicles and States

Forget President Obama’s goal of 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, how about 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles by 2025? It may sound unlikely considering just 165,000 ZEVs are now on US roads, but the governors of eight states signed an agreement to do just that.[read more]

Dangerous Precedent or Slippery Slope?

June 13, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Clear Cutting for Wind Energy


The governor of Vermont last year established the “Energy Generating Siting Policy Commission,” after citizens protested a proposed wind farm, to evaluate how much local input should be required in energy siting decisions.[read more]

US Governors Ask Obama to Boost Wind Energy

September 1, 2011 by Vicky Portwain

A coalition of 24 US governors from the major parties and each region of the country has asked the administration to take steps to provide a more favourable business climate for the expansion of wind energy according to the American Wind Energy Association. Demands are being made for a 7-year extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC)...[read more]

Governors 2010: Climate change deniers threaten the Northeast RGGI climate compact

October 17, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The northeastern United States remains a bastion of the clean energy economy, though global warming deniers are vying to take over leadership of the state governments.  Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson has the story.  The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is the carbon trading program of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine,...[read more]

Governor’s Wind Coalition Brings Recommendations to President Obam

March 17, 2010 by Matt Dernoga

What’s noteworthy about this coalition is the support from states such as West Virginia and Oklahoma.  Below is the press release, and here are the coalitions recommendations, and letters to President Obama and Congress. Iowa Governor Culver and Rhode Island Governor Carcieri Release Great Expectations: The Governors’ Wind Energy...[read more]