Jerry Brown

Expert Voices

Governors are taking the lead on electric and autonomous vehicles

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

State governors, and not the federal government, are emerging as the leaders on vehicle electrification and automated vehicle deployments.

Why it matters: With the flexibility to experiment with infrastructure solutions and policy frameworks, states often serve as incubators for tech innovations. The governors who enable AV programs may well ensure that the U.S. remains a leader in the AV space.

"Dearth of American leadership" at global climate conference

eople are seen walking pas a COP24 logo during the Katowice Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland.
Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

KATOWICE, Poland — Depending on who you ask, the lack of presence of Democratic politicians and leaders at a major climate-change conference here is either expected or ridiculous.

Driving the news: This year’s U.S. event space, which wrapped up operations Tuesday, is a fraction of the size and scope compared to last year’s at the same United Nations conference in Bonn, Germany.