Shortly after the new year begins, state legislatures throughout the country will swear in a new crop of politicians who will be decidedly more Republican than their predecessors.
The Republican sweep that handed control of the U.S. Senate to the GOP touched most every state in the country as the nation’s statehouses are even more firmly in Republican hands than they were before. Even in Pennsylvania, where voters booted out a Republican incumbent governor in favor of a Democrat, the GOP strengthened its grip on the House and Senate.
Many Republican-controlled legislatures have taken aim at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which requires 49 states to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. The plan, which closed its open comment period earlier this month, requires each state to craft an implementation plan to meet the EPA’s reduction targets.