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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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Feb. 21st Roundup: Baker targets hydrofluorocarbons

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “Baker Administration Planning Rule To Ban Hydrofluorocarbons” (Michael P. Norton, SHNS via WBUR) “A state regulation expected this spring would ban the use of greenhouse gas-producing hydrofluorocarbons, which are used in...

TCI Public Comment Period Wraps Up Next Week

As the public comment period wraps up for the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) next week, states are preparing for the last push to finalize a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the spring. The public got their first glimpse of the...

Virginia set to join RGGI — A massive step forward for cap-and-invest

In a landmark decision last week, Virginia passed the Clean Economy Act in both the House and Senate. The legislation sets the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional cap-and-invest program for the electric sector in...

How Carbon Pricing in Hawaii Could Become Law this Session (and how you can help)

A carbon pollution pricing bill (Senate Bill 3150) that is widely supported by key legislators and executive officials, is on the move in Hawaii. The bill, which initially prices carbon at $40 per ton, will generate millions in revenue for...

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Feb. 12th Roundup: BU professor ends hunger strike

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] **SPECIAL** COMMUNICATING CLIMATE This week Climate XChange's Maria Virginia Olano released ‘Communicating the Climate Crisis.’ A multimedia project that's been a year in the making, it combines her unique comms insight with practical tools on how to...

Oregon, Politics
Oregon cap-and-invest makes a comeback

On February 3rd, Senate Bill 1530 was introduced in the Oregon Senate, which establishes a cap-and-invest system that would make heat trapping gas polluters purchase allowances for each ton of carbon they emit. The bill is in line with Oregon...

Politics, Washington
Momentum for Cap-and-Invest Rising in Washington State

A cap-and-invest bill is currently on the move in Washington State. The bill (SB 5981), which will establish a declining cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, was heard last week by the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology committee.  Senator Reuven Carlyle...

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Traditionally one of the most difficult climate questions, airline industries began 2020 with big announcements on how they plan to account for their massive carbon footprint.  There are currently few viable alternatives to long-distance travel, and the technology to make plane...

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Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Carbon Pricing [Updated for the 5th Debate]

Note: This article was originally published on June 26th, 2019 ahead of the first set of 2020 Democratic primary debates on June 26th and 27th. It was updated on July 29th ahead of the second round of debates on July 30th...

eXchange ’19 Mid-Atlantic: Vision & Opportunity for Climate Action in the Region

This week, Climate XChange held the Mid-Atlantic Carbon Solutions Summit, a second in a series of regional gatherings we are holding this fall. Earlier this month, the team spent the week in New Mexico for our Southwest Summit, and in...

Carbon Pricing in a Just Transition

A Policy Framework and Case Study of California Cap-and-Trade. Carbon pricing is a promising policy option to help facilitate the transition to a green sustainable economy. It also has the potential to provide substantial and crucial revenue to fund the diverse solutions...

Carbon Offsets are Dominating Headlines – Here’s what you need to know

As the global response to the climate crisis ramps up, carbon offsets have arisen as a central issue in policy decision-making at all levels. Offsets allow polluting entities to compensate for their carbon emissions by funding an equivalent amount of...

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Wisconsin considers the social cost of carbon

On January 21st, Wisconsin Democrats introduced Bill 766 in the Assembly, which requires utilities to assess the social cost of carbon when assessing new projects. While this is not a direct price on carbon that utilities have to pay, it...

Feb. 4th Roundup: Poll finds majority back state climate action

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Massachusetts Senate passes economy-wide carbon pricing, net-zero emissions target: In a marathon late-night session, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation creating economy-wide carbon pricing, and requiring the state to reach...

Massachusetts Senate passes economy-wide carbon pricing, net zero emissions target

In a marathon late-night session, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation creating economy-wide carbon pricing, and requiring the state to reach net zero emissions by 2050. In doing so, the Senate doubled down on its commitment to the market-based policy...

Jan. 30th Roundup: Senators file 150+ amendments to climate change package

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “Carbon pricing is a cornerstone of Senate climate package” (Katie Lannan, SHNS via the MetroWest Daily News): “The Massachusetts Senate plans to take up a far-reaching package of climate bills whose major...

Jan. 23rd Roundup: Senator Barrett’s Thoughts on Senate Bills

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - ROUNDUP EXCLUSIVE: Senator Barrett discusses Senate Climate bill: In an exclusive interview with the Climate XChange Roundup, Senate Energy Chair and bill sponsor Michael Barrett discusses the Senate's new ‘comprehensive climate package’ and...

Judge Approves Oregon Ballot Initiatives, Paving the Way for Climate Action

Last week, a county judge in Oregon ruled that the rejection by Secretary of State Bev Clarno of two ballot initiatives aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was improper. The initiatives will now continue through the process that will place...

Mass. Senate’s Climate Bills: Overview, Summary, & Context

Today (1/23) the Massachusetts State Senate released its much-anticipated comprehensive package to address climate change. Split into three bills, the package includes a price on carbon pollution, a state-wide net zero emissions mandate by 2050, and new requirements for solar...

Rhode Island Governor Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets

After the highly enthusiastic State of the State in Rhode Island last week, Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on January 17th mandating the state to move towards 100% renewable energy by 2030. This is the most ambitious ten-year...

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