In the absence of any Congressional leadership on global warming, many states have implemented their own programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In Pennsylvania, Clean Air Council worked with other diverse stakeholders from industry, agriculture and other environmental organizations on the Pennsylvania Climate Change Roadmap. This document was the precursor for the Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan, announced in 2009 by Governor Ed Rendell as a “comprehensive strategy to make Pennsylvania a leader in addressing climate change.” The Council actively gathered public comments on the Plan to help ensure that it is as strong and robust as possible.
New Jersey is one of many states that have already implemented state-level global warming plans with strong science-based pollution reduction targets. The Council also works in Delaware to ensure strong environmental policies at the state level. The Council will continue to work with Mid-Atlantic state-level policymakers to make sure that the states move forward on addressing global warming while Congress debates a federal climate and energy plan. Furthermore, the Council will assist cities and municipalities to address their carbon footprint and implement policies to confront global warming on a local level.