New governors target climate change from day one in vulnerable great lakes region

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News

Climate change poses risks to the economy and identity of a Great Lakes landscape, much of it defined by bountiful farms, pine forests and clear waters. But political leaders haven’t always treated it that way.

That’s starting to change as a wave of new governors and attorneys general take office across the region with promises—and actions—to address climate change.

The regional changes may signal a new dynamic for national debates, as climate policy advocates broaden their base of support to include some of the country’s hubs of manufacturing and farming. It also is happening at a time of growing urgency for concerted state-level efforts on climate change in response to the federal government’s push to roll back greenhouse gas emissions rules.

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