State Legislatures Take Decisive Action on Climate Change

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WASHINGTON — Monday’s IPCC climate report shows that we are running out of time to take decisive action to avoid the most devastating effects of climate change. Already, 2021 has been marked by deadly and extreme climate disasters across the globe. While Republicans have fought against federal efforts on climate action, Democratic state legislatures have passed sweeping, decisive policies to address climate change and to try to stop the most disastrous outcomes.

“State legislatures pass the policies that will have the most impact on Americans’ day-to-day lives — and climate change is no exception,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “The devastating IPCC report shows that we have no time to waste if we want to ward off the worst outcomes. In the face of Republican federal obstruction, Democratic state legislatures have been taking action to address climate change before it’s too late. The key to bold progress on climate and so many other pressing issues is electing Democratic majorities in statehouses.”

But legislative Democrats didn’t need a devastating climate report to take action to protect the planet. Over the last decade, Democrats have made considerable progress enacting sweeping climate legislation, and in the last year alone Democratic majorities have built on this progress: