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[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – “Baker pulls plug on Springfield biomass power plant” (Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine): "THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION pulled the plug on a controversial biomass power plant in Springfield on Friday amid growing pushback from opponents who...

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The Youth-Led Fight for Climate Justice in Maine

In the face of historically exclusive spaces and performative actions, Maine youth are using their voices to flip the script through an unwavering focus on climate justice. The politics and demographics of Maine are indicative of a challenge faced by...

Next for TCI: Draft Model Rule, State Level Implementation, and New Findings on Program Benefits

The public comment period on the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program's (TCI-P) Draft Model Rule and processes for public engagement wraps up on May 7th.  Meanwhile, legislators in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are working to pass the legislation needed to...

Cleaning the New Jersey Commute: Electrifying Transport as a Step Toward Environmental Justice

Recently, the State of New Jersey has seen notable progress in addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustice. With a history of toxic pollution, environmental discrimination, and inequitable burdens across both race and class, New Jersey has begun to address...

Webinar Recap: How State Governments Can Help Communities Invest in Climate Resilience

It isn’t news that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is key to mitigating the disastrous effects of climate change. Policies and mechanisms that help achieve reduction goals to limit warming as much as possible can leave out the topic of how...

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Massachusetts, Politics
Understanding the New Massachusetts Climate Law

After a year-long legislative push, a sweeping update to Massachusetts climate policy is now law. In short, the new law sets higher statewide goals to cut emissions, while creating opportunities for the state to better prioritize environmental justice, nudge utilities...

New Hampshire, Politics
Two Municipalities in New Hampshire are the First to Join Community Power Program

We often take for granted the complex systems that deliver electricity to our homes and businesses. While turning on a light may take only the simple action of flipping a switch, communities across the country are choosing better ways to...

CXC Policy Roundup, Massachusetts, News
April 2nd Roundup: Senator Barrett Advises Governor Against Undermining Climate Law

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – With climate bill now law, some policymakers shift focus to implementation (Tim Cronin): Last week lawmakers joined Governor Baker as he signed a sweeping climate bill into law. Despite the back and forth over the...

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Independent System Operators (ISOs) & Carbon Pricing: An Explainer

Independent System Operators (ISOs) & Carbon Pricing: An Explainer is a report by Lucy Davis-Hup, Emerson Johnston, Mridhu Khanna, and Sudhanshu Mathur, all of whom are State Carbon Pricing Network Fellows at Climate XChange.The next game-changing actor on the carbon...

Building Back Better: Investing in a Resilient Recovery for Washington State

This report analyzes the potential jobs and community health benefits created by a sample portfolio of investments in Washington State. We find that investing in clean transportation, forest conservation and ecosystem restoration, clean energy, water and energy efficiency, low carbon...

Cap-and-Trade in California: Health and Climate Benefits Greatly Outweigh Costs

We compare the costs of greenhouse gas reduction programs to the value of reducing the worldwide dangers of climate change and of improving health outcomes to determine whether the programs are a cost-effective means for spending large amounts of state...

Communicating the climate crisis

Communicating the climate crisis is a critical part of moving policy solutions forward and gaining the collective buy-in necessary for creating a future that is not dependent on the heat trapping gases that have resulted in this crisis. However, this...

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Major Climate Legislation in Rhode Island nears General Assembly Approval

The Rhode Island House and Senate are preparing to finalize Act on Climate 2021, the most serious piece of climate and energy legislation to pass in Rhode Island since the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, the state’s first-ever comprehensive...

SCPN Spotlight: Haven Vincent-Warner on Youth Climate Activism and Community Organizing

All across the country, members of our State Climate Policy Network (SCPN) are fighting to make an impact on climate change in their communities. We have individuals in our Network from all 50 states, each experiencing climate change differently in...

Permits And Protests: The Fight Against The Line 3 Pipeline In Minnesota

Developments over the past year have reinvigorated a six-year long battle in Minnesota as environmental advocates, Indigenous tribes, and community groups ramp up their fight against the construction of Line 3. The pipeline, commissioned by Canadian company Enbridge, would run...

March 26th Roundup: Next Generation Roadmap Bill Becomes Law

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – Its (Finally) Law: Next Generation Roadmap legislation signed by Governor (Tim Cronin): This afternoon (3/26) in the state house library, Governor Baker joined legislative leaders to officially sign the Next Generation Roadmap bill (S.9)...

After Decades of Mistreatment, EJ Groups Seek to Turn Page in Chicago

Chicago often touts itself as quintessentially American, a reference to its reputation as a hardworking Midwestern city that is also a melting pot for multiculturalism. However, Chicago also displays ongoing discrimination, segregation, environmental injustice, and an oppressive history of redlining....

March 19th Roundup: Senate, House Passes Final Climate Bill

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – Senate, House overwhelming pass the (final) NextGen Climate bill (Tim Cronin): After about a month of negotiations between the House and Senate, this week lawmakers rapidly passed a final version of the Next Generation...

Women’s Leadership is Central to the Climate Fight

A lot has been researched and written about the role of women in leading the fight for climate solutions around the world. Most recently and poignantly, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine K. Wilkinson brought attention to this question...

SCPN Spotlight: Yasmin Yacoby on Fighting for Energy Justice and Breaking Down Barriers to Collaboration

All across the country, members of our State Climate Policy Network (SCPN) are fighting to make an impact on climate change in their communities. We have individuals in our Network from all 50 states, each experiencing climate change differently in...

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