The first half of 2019 has seen encouraging climate progress on the state level.
In January, we released a report by our national research partner, Environment America Research & Policy Center, outlining 12 ways that governors can address the climate crisis. As of July 2, 14 governors had taken at least one of the actions we recommended. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis took action in the most categories, followed by Maine Gov. Janet Mills and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
“More Americans understand that climate change is an existential issue,” said Andrea McGimsey, senior director of our national network’s Global Warming Solutions campaign. “It’s encouraging to see Republican and Democratic governors from coast to coast listening to their constituents and taking action.”
These actions included Gov. Polis’ executive order supporting Colorado’s transition to zero-emission vehicles and a slate of bills signed by Gov. Mills that will update Maine’s climate action plan and put the state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy.
Photo: Maine Gov. Janet Mills signs a package of bills that would update Maine’s climate action plan and put the state on a path to 100 percent renewable energy. Environment Maine State Director Carissa Maurin (fourth from right) was among the environmental leaders present at the signing. Credit: Corey Fenders