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Climate Activists Pivot to Local Action, Frustrated by Washington Gridlock

Climate groups zeroed in on pushing federal action after the 2020 election. But with Manchin pulling support, many are now eyeing state and local opportunities.

Senator Ed Markey, left, and SenatorJoe Manchin, on Capitol Hill in 2016.

Senator Ed Markey, left, and SenatorJoe Manchin, on Capitol Hill in 2016.

Photographer: J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

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In the aftermath of Senator Joe Manchin ruling out quick action on a landmark federal climate law, a legislator and activists are moving to expand state and local efforts in the fight against global warming.