Washington D.C. is the No. 1 place in the U.S. for taking climate change seriously


A recent J.D. CNBC Make It received an exclusive Power report that ranked 48 US states and DC on the severity of climate change on a scale of 0 to 4, with 0 being “climate changes are not occurring” and 4 being “climate changes are very serious.” This utility intelligence report was based on responses of 70,486 utility clients nationwide from June 2022 through May 2023. Utilities in Alaska and Rhode Island did not qualify for this study.

Washington D.C. ranked as the place in the U.S. that takes climate change most seriously.

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Washington D.C. is the No. 1 place in the U.S. for taking climate change seriously

Utility customers in Washington D.C. have the greatest sense of urgency about climate change, with an average score of 3.11– the only region evaluated in the study to score higher than 3.

According to the Department of Energy and Environment, Washington D.C. is approaching climate change from two sides: adaptation and mitigation.

D.C. D.C. also has the Carbon-Free DC plan which is the District’s strategy to become carbon-neutral by 2045. D.C. also has the Carbon-Free DC plan, which is the District’s strategy to become carbon-neutral by 2045.

Top 10 places in the U.S. for taking climate change seriously

Washington, D.C. (score: 3.11)

Vermont (score: 2.91)

Washington (score: 2.80)

  1. Hawaii (score: 2.79)
  2. California (score: 2.77)
  3. Oregon (score: 2.76)
  4. Connecticut and Massachusetts (score: 2.71)
  5. (tie)
  6. Colorado (score: 2.70)
  7. Maine (score: 2.69)Delaware (score: 2.68)
  8. Vermont ranked as the second state that takes climate change the most seriously in the U.S., according to J.D. Power.
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  10. Vermont ranked second on the list with a score of 2.91.

The state had long been considered a climate haven. According to a ProPublica report in 2020, Lamoille County in Vermont was identified as the U.S. county that would be best protected against the combined effects climate change. Vermont must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 26% lower than 2005 levels by 2025, according to the Global Warming Solutions Act. Emissions would need to be 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050.

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Washington state rounds out the top three of J.D. Power’s report.

The Northwest State is already experiencing rising temperatures, melting snow and ice, and rising sea level. According to the USDA, glaciers are expected to disappear from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington by 2070 completely.

In 2021, the state experienced major flooding. Seattle, a major city in the state, recorded its wettest autumn ever, with over 12 inches of rain.

Washington has implemented several response strategies to continue addressing the ongoing threat of climate change, including improving its water management by considering the future water supply and addressing competing water demands.

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