Climate and Energy


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Forests and Carbon Storage

State and federal policies can help maximize forest carbon storage, promote sustainable forest practices, benefit the environment and support forest product industries. Forests sequester and store carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.


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Energy and Environment Tracking

The NCSL Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking Database features bills relating to climate change—including adaptation planning and emissions reductions efforts, energy efficiency, energy security, financing energy projects, fossil energy, green jobs, renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.



Climate and Energy


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Power Shift: GHG Emissions

Today’s electric grid is undergoing a major transformation, driven by the availability of new technologies, low-priced natural gas and government regulations. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan could accelerate these changes, but meeting the rule’s requirements, on hold due to a February Supreme Court decision, may not be easy for many states.