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Blue Wins in Key Governor’s Races Lift Hopes of Climate Groups

Nov. 11, 2022, 1:00 PM

Climate-literate blue governors — a mix of incumbents and upstarts — will be taking office around the Midwest and Northeast just as more federal money than ever is available for tackling climate change, pointing to a possible new wave of state-level action.

That’s one outcome of the 2022 midterm elections that took climate activists by surprise, happily.

“Definitely a rosier outcome for Democrats than I was expecting,” said Danielle Deiseroth, lead climate strategist at the progressive think tank Data for Progress. “I am very excited about the potential for just so many state-level climate policies that really build off of what the federal government ...