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Six State Races to Watch That Will Help Define US Energy Transition

  • Gubernatorial, regulator races have broad climate implications
  • US needs boost from state, local policies to fight emissions
Power lines in North Hollywood, California.
Power lines in North Hollywood, California.Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

Months after the Biden Administration passed sweeping climate legislation, the battle to determine how quickly the US transitions away from fossil fuels hinges in part on local and state-level ballots.

In some races, voters are choosing between gubernatorial candidates with opposing ideas on climate change, while others will pick state regulators who will decide whether to adopt more renewable energy sources. The implications will stretch beyond the US.