The Breakdown: States halt plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions

This past fall, both Colorado and Iowa had agreed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. That’s in line with the Obama administration’s goals for greenhouse gas reductions, but lawmakers in both states backtracked on the deal earlier this year.

The break in the agreement isn’t without its own political fallout. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, said he was “extremely disappointed” that Republicans in his state and Iowa decided to abandon the agreement. In January, a group of Republican lawmakers in Colorado announced that they intended to rework the state’s 2020 cap-and-trade program to make it more business-friendly.

In Iowa, legislators said that while they still wanted to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals, they didn’t want to pursue them alone. But those states still account for just two of 12 states participating in the deal — Oregon is the other remaining one.

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