Republican States Investing in Clean Energy
Within an hour of Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017, the White House webpage on climate
|White House web page on climate change.|
change disappeared and has yet to make a reappearance. It has since been replaced with information on the “America First Energy Plan” that focuses on the expansion of shale oil, natural gas, and “clean coal” technology. While the Trump Administration may be dedicated to these stone age forms of energy, the same cannot be said of the states, even those that helped elect President Trump.
Illinois passed the Future Energy Jobs bill that will help “grow the economy, save customers money, and protect the planet.” This bill will double the state’s energy efficiency, which will lower electric bills and create tens of thousands of new jobs. Since this bill also funds the construction of 4,300 megawatts of new wind and solar generation by 2030, Illinois is set to achieve a 56% reduction in its power sector greenhouse gas emissions.
Meanwhile in Ohio, (Republican) Governor John Kasich vetoed a bill that would have extended a freeze on the state’s clean energy standards and “would have gutted efficiency and renewable investments.” By vetoing this bill, the hundreds of companies involved in wind or solar energy can continue to develop and supply these clean energies now that the freeze has been lifted.
Michigan is also moving forward with its renewable energy plans. Governor Rick Snyder, another Republican, signed a bill that removes the cap on energy efficiency program spending, encourages utilities to exceed efficiency targets, and increases the requirement for clean electricity from 10% to 15%.
While the Trump Administration may be denying that there is a climate issue or that the country needs to make the move toward clean energy, some states are making changes anyway. By embracing cleaner energy sources, these states are not only decreasing their harmful emissions, but increasing jobs and making a better situation for their residents.
Krouse, P. (2016, December 27). Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoes renewable energy freeze. Retrieved from cleveland.com: http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2016/12/ohio_gov_john_kasich_vetoes_re.html
Munson, D. (2017, January 30). As Trump Threatens Environmental Protections, These 3 Republican Governors Invest In Clean Energy. Retrieved from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/edfenergyexchange/2017/01/30/as-trump-threatens-environmental-protections-these-3-republican-governors-invest-in-clean-energy/#1728cc4411a8