Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Gavin Newsom
Posted at 10:12 AM, Jan 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-15 13:12:27-05

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Governors and state lawmakers are prioritizing climate change as they write their state budgets, devoting money to lowering emissions and guarding against natural disasters such as flood and fire.

The spending comes as most states are flush with cash: Tax collections have exceeded expectations, and states are receiving billions of dollars in federal pandemic aid and infrastructure spending.

The priorities for Democratic governors include lowering carbon emissions by boosting electric vehicles and storage for clean energy such as solar.

Republicans, meanwhile, are proposing spending to address the damage from floods, drought and wildfires, though many aren't linking the spending to climate change.