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Beyond the Beltway: A Report on State Energy and Climate Policies


Federal policy receives the bulk of the nation’s attention to energy and climate matters, from President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Yet much of our nation’s energy and climate policy is made by governors, state legislatures and agencies across the country. However, it can be very difficult to track these disparate actions to understand where progress is being made and which states are falling behind. Beyond the Beltway provides insight into the range of factors – political, geographical, economic and more – that determine the immensely varied state energy and climate policies across the nation.

This Report is a compilation of a series of Legal Planet blog posts written in late 2017 and early 2018. Legal Planet is a collaborative effort of the UC Berkeley and UCLA Schools of Law and is accessible at The original posts were compiled here and edited for consistency.

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