North Carolina Strikes a Climate Deal That Eludes Washington

Oct. 20, 2021, 2:00 PM

North Carolina’s body politic is cleaved in two: Democrats hold the governorship and Republicans a large majority of both legislative houses. Yet last week, lawmakers mandated that the power sector make a deep cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

The story of how the bitterly divided state passed a bill that few like, but which nevertheless enshrines CO2 reductions in law, may offer lessons to Washington. In the nation’s capital, Congress is gridlocked by both inter- and intraparty wars on President Joe Biden’s energy plan.

One crucial element of North Carolina’s success was to set overarching goals in law and ...

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