2016-02-17. 17 Governors Agree to Pursue Clean Energy Goals.

posted Feb 19, 2016, 4:23 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Feb 19, 2016, 4:28 PM ]
By Debra Kahn, Scientific American, ClimateWire. For GSS Climate Change chapter 9. Excerpt: States across the U.S. are moving forward with renewables, energy efficiency and electric cars. The announcement by 17 governors yesterday to jointly pursue clean energy goals was perhaps most noteworthy in what it did not include—any mention of climate change. That omission was necessary to bring a bipartisan swath of states together on energy efficiency and renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid and promoting electric and alternatively fueled vehicles—all subjects often mentioned in the same breath as climate change. ...Instead, the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future” makes an economic case for expanding cooperation between states on renewable energy. The document cites “extreme weather events,” including sea-level rise, droughts, floods and wildfires, that can affect electric reliability and the economy, but it does not explicitly mention global warming. ...“While the [Supreme Court] may have temporarily blocked the Clean Power Plan, it can’t block progress toward wind and solar energy, affordable electric vehicles, and a more modern and efficient electric grid,” said Rob Sargent, senior director of Environment America’s clean energy program....