“The United States needs meaningful federal action—not just subnational action—to address climate change.
For now, however, as Professors Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin stated in their initial essay, “subnational governments may offer the only meaningful hope for the United States to make significant policy progress.” We agree on this.
The remaining question—and perhaps the site of the primary difference between our view and Coglianese and Starobin’s view—is how to wed the federal and subnational efforts. In these difficult times, with the global carbon budget stretching thin and federal retrenchment well underway, this is not a merely academic question, but a pressing practical one that we must all confront.”
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