That omission was necessary to bring a bipartisan swath of states together on energy efficiency and renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid and promoting electric and alternatively fueled vehicles—all subjects often mentioned in the same breath as climate change.
“That really wasn’t a topic of conversation,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) said yesterday in a call with reporters, noting that next week’s National Governors Association meeting might provide an opportunity to discuss climate issues. Instead, the “Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future” makes an economic case for expanding cooperation between states on renewable energy. The document cites “extreme weather events,” including sea-level rise, droughts, floods and wildfires, that can affect electric reliability and the economy, but it does not explicitly mention global warming. That didn’t stop some environmentalists from holding up the agreement as an example of progress on climate, especially in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that put a hold on U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan for greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.