Defining a role for states within a federal cap-and-trade program will require balancing the benefits of preserving states’ ability to innovate and spur emissions reductions with the challenges that state-by-state regulation may create for some businesses. Finding the approach
The United States federal government is lagging behind other industrialized countries in developing policies to address climate change. At the same time, however, many U.S. states are seeking to implement aggressive, mandatory emissions controls.
As the new Congress convenes, both Democratic and Republican lawmakers are proposing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. Most of these proposals are for carbon cap and trade systems similar to the European Union Emissions Trading System.