A 50-state climate plan is a national clean energy strategy tailored to the diversity of state economies across the United States.
41 states already have more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs, but the profile of those jobs is very different from state-to-state.
In some states, the majority of clean energy jobs are in wind energy and efficiency.
In others, biofuels, solar and/or hydro are major drivers in the clean energy jobs market.
A climate plan reflecting the interests of a small number of regions or influential states is easily attacked and doomed to fail.
Likewise, pitting one low-carbon solution against another is degenerative, splitting the political coalitions needed to drive change.
Conversely, a 50-state climate plan benefitting a diverse set of regions and state economies has a better chance for political support and is better insulated from attack. And it creates jobs and lifts up working classes in more places.
If America's diversity of states is the strength of our Republic, then it should be a cornerstone to our approach to solving climate change.
By definition, a 50-state plan casts a wider net encompassing carbon-reductive solutions that are economically beneficial to states.
While picking one solution over another runs counter to the genesis of the project, we are guided by six key principles:
We need to make transformational changes to how we produce and use energy.
Transformational change will require tackling at least three foundational problems:
Finally, because of the inherent uncertainty and delay associated with enacting new policy, any effort to address climate change must also leverage existing authority and law in the immediate term.
Any comprehensive approach to address climate change must have the following 4 cornerstones:
Energy Tax Reform
Performance Standards (Where Necessary)
Leverage Existing Law