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State Climate Change Plans Crafted Despite Federal Climate Bill Failure (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 11/08/10 08:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:10 PM ET

Though the federal government may be hamstrung by man-made climate change deniers and dirty energy lobbyists, state governments are doing their part to independently address climate change.

California, where voters recently crushed Big Oil's Prop 23, is the first state to come to mind, but many other states are working together and forging ahead on legislation, incentives, and goals to get CO2 emissions down and green industry up.

Hopefully these initiatives, all from 2010, are just the tip of a movement to a clean energy future.

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Western Climate Initiative Survives (Barely)
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It was a hard fight, but it looks like the Western Climate Initiative has made it through the contentious debate and out the other side, for now.

WCI is an initiative started in 2007 to unite seven states and four Canadian provinces in a giant emissions market by 2012.

Unfortunately, it's been tough going as the usual politics get in the way. Arizona has already dropped out. More seriously, in California the battle over Proposition 23 threatened to derail the whole plan. If California had effectively dropped out, New Mexico had hinted it would do the same.

Luckily Prop 23 was soundly defeated on Tuesday, and it looks like the Western Climate Initiative will survive to fight climate change.
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