Moving forward. Some states will "vigorously defend" the CPP. For example, shortly after the Supreme Court decision, the states of New York, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, the District of Columbia, the cities of New York, Boulder, Chicago, Philadelphia and South Miami and Broward County, Florida, issued the following statement:
We are confident that once the courts have fully reviewed the merits of the Clean Power Plan, it will be upheld as lawful under the Clean Air Act. Our coalition of states and local governments will continue to vigorously defend the Clean Power Plan — which is critical to ensuring that necessary progress is made in confronting climate change.
Shortly after that, 17 state governors signed onto the Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future, pledging to promote clean energy as good for their economies. The Accord doesn't even mention climate change, but commits the governors to moving forward on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Signatories include the Republican governors of Iowa, Michigan, Massachusetts and Nevada. This strategy demonstrates that, even in states that might otherwise oppose the CPP, focusing on your state's production of renewable energy may prove to be a pragmatic way to advance positive results for health and a livable planet.