The impacts of climate change have already begun to show across the nation. The state of Washington is facing threats of ocean acidification, increased wildfires, decline in snowpack and more severe weather from climate change, all of which cause harm to its economy. On the other side of the country, Delaware has seen the health and environmental impacts of emissions from fossil fuel-generated power plants blowing across the country from western states. However, states also have the solutions.
Forty years ago, the United States stopped exporting almost all domestic crude oil and put into place a strict licensing process that has come to be known as the crude export ban. The idea was that if we could keep American crude at home, we would reduce our reliance on foreign oil. But now, as more and more wells pump crude out of North Dakota and Texas in the biggest oil boom since the 1970s, foreign markets are singing siren songs to oil producers and their allies in Congress.