Trump Blocks Bipartisan Progress on Energy Innovation Because He Opposes States’ Rights

Trump Blocks Bipartisan Progress on Energy Innovation Because He Opposes States’ Rights

An energy bill with bipartisan support was zipping through the Senate, but it ran into a roadblock when President Trump and conservative Republicans blocked an amendment that would have phased out greenhouse gas trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) because the Democrats refused to ban states’ right to pass stricter standards on them.

Why This Matters:  The White House argues that any such phase-out should be governed by a uniform federal law to provide certainty and consistency across the country, but Congressional Dems claim that this “federal pre-emption” provision is not needed because if the federal law is stringent enough states won’t need to pass tougher laws.

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The New Environmental Federalism: States Taking the Lead for Better or Worse

The New Environmental Federalism: States Taking the Lead for Better or Worse

A vacuum at the federal level is leaving lots of room for state governments to lead on environmental issues, but with widely varying impacts. 

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