Since Donald Trump became president, his administration has tried to lend a helping hand to fossil-fuel businesses —coal in particular. After Tuesday's midterm elections, Trump is still president, and energy policy will largely remain the same at the federal level.
But what about in the states? There, a whole lot may be about to change. Nationwide, at least 10 candidates for governor won their races who campaigned on aggressively moving their states away from burning fossil fuels and toward relying on renewable forms of energy for electricity. The newly minted governors, all of them Democrats, will serve from California to Maine and aim to inch the United States closer to meeting its emissions-reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement at a time when the federal government under Trump is largely ignoring scientists who say the world has little time to get climate change under control.

The victor in Nevada, Steve Sisolak (D), endorsed a successful ballot measure there to get half the state's power from wind, solar and other renewable sources by 2030. California governor-elect Gavin Newsom (D) said he was proud to see his predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown (D), sign into law a plan to produce all of the state's power from carbon-free sources by 2045. Minnesota governor-elect Tim Walz (D) and New Mexico governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) each vowed to get half their states' power from renewable sources within a dozen years.
Six other winning gubernatorial candidates, all Democrats — Jared Polis of Colorado, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, Janet Mills of Maine, Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Kate Brown of Oregon and Tony Evers of Wisconsin — each told state affiliates of the League of Conservation Voters they will try to get all of their respective states’ electricity from “clean” energy sources by the middle of the century.
Gone are the days where anyone talks about New Mexico not being in first place," Lujan Grisham said at the start of her victory speech in Albuquerque Tuesday evening. "We will lead from today and on in renewable clean energy and we will be known as the clean energy state of America." 
The Energy 202: The nation just elected a bunch of governors who campaigned on clean energy
Article in The Washington Post,
November 8, 2018, 8:44 AM
Gino Grandoni, Reporter
Environmentalists hope state leaders can pick up where Barack Obama left off. The Trump administration is seeking to repeal an Obama-era plan to require states to meet strict carbon dioxide emissions standards.
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