2015 WAS A COMPARATIVELY GOOD YEAR for the climate change movement because, really for the first time, there was some good news sprinkled in with the deluge of bad news. The Keystone XL pipeline was blocked, world leaders came to an unprecedented climate agreement in Paris, and global carbon emissions dropped slightly in 2015. All of those stories have big asterisks next to them, but they are signs of progress.
And it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate victories, especially since they come infrequently, and because we have to spend so much time wringing our hands about the terrible environmental stories (like the North Carolina town that doesn’t want solar panels because they’re afraid it will suck up all the energy from the sun). So now, at the end of 2015, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the U.S. states that have been doing the most to stop climate change.