States with high environmental activities have lower emissions: studies say
The environmentalists are having hard time in convincing the world about the importance of emission reduction. The Michigan State University researchers conducted systematic studies about the effects of green movement. It is showing some positive outcome. National Academy of Sciences published the findings of the study in its journal proceedings. The environmental politics has been very much developed in the United States and climate change came on political agenda since late 1990s till now.
Though combined effect of the movement can’t be measured, one can study effect on individual states. Kenneth Frank, a sociologist and part of the team which conducted the study informed the press about the research. Effect of carbon emissions on the atmosphere has been studied by Thomas Dietz, another contributor to the study. The population and its wealth directly affect the greenhouse gas quantities of the country. The effect of politics on these factors has been explained by the researchers. If we study the federal structure of the constitution, state governments have more control on the environmental policy than the central government.
The details of particular policies adopted by states and its success rate are not being discussed in the study as of now. Environmental Protection Agency’s data since 1990 was utilized for the findings. The carbon emissions rate has been compared with population and gross state product. Though US congress has no say over state’s environmental law, it still affects voting patterns of the citizen. The states with high environmental activities had lower emissions than states which didn’t.