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Pennsylvania EQB Accepts Cap-and-Trade Petition

In a historic meeting, Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) voted 14-5 in favor of accepting a rulemaking petition to create a cap-and-trade program that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The vote gives the Department of Environmental Protection...

TCI Drives East Coast Emissions Reductions

In April of 2019, the coalition of state governments in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic identified as the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI) announced a planned schedule to design a regional cap-and-invest program for transportation emissions. Transportation is the largest source of...

Now What? Climate Change, Racism & How to Have Difficult Conversations

“If we want to build a society that is resilient to climate change, then we can’t just have some of us being resilient. We need to be deliberate about looking at these issues by race, and bringing a racial equity...

April 9th Roundup: Has Governor Baker kept wind, hydro promises?

BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Is Mass. Keeping Its Offshore Wind, Hydro Procurement Promises?: Back in 2017, Massachusetts began two efforts to buy of both offshore wind and out-of-state clean energy. We have summarized and evaluated what has happened over the last...

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Pennsylvania Governor Supports Study of Cap-and-Trade Petition

On Friday, April 5th, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) announced he supports his administration further studying a petition, which  calls for the state to implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program on greenhouse gas emissions. The petition was filed by the Clean Air...

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Is Mass. Keeping Its Offshore Wind, Hydro Procurement Promises?

Back in 2017, Massachusetts began two efforts to buy of both offshore wind and out-of-state clean energy. We have summarized and evaluated what has happened over the last two years, and think about the future of both efforts. The Background Both...

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Now What? Addressing Climate Change Is Also A Spiritual Matter

“If we don't have a spiritual shift, there's probably no chance we'll take the kind of radical action we'll need.” Boston native Reverend Mariama White-Hammond recently started her own congregation in the city, with a hope to make climate justice...

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In an era of extreme partisan gridlock, it has been difficult to gain bipartisan support for climate policy. Climate action is, in many ways, now perceived as a liberal issue, with Democrats introducing ambitious policy like the Green New Deal,...

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April 2nd Roundup: the next phase of offshore wind begins

PROGRAMMING NOTES - The Policy Roundup turns one today! A year ago I sent out the first of forty-eight editions of this Roundup, and ever since I’ve had the pleasure of sharing climate news, updates, and analysis with you every week. I...

It’s Time To Talk About How We Talk About Climate Change

 We are currently on a race against climate change. Or are we already living with its impacts? Are we totally doomed, or is this an opportunity for mass scale changes in our economies and technology? Are polar bears the worst...

Amended Oregon Cap-and-Trade Bill Unveiled by Lawmakers

After months of public hearings and deliberations, Oregon lawmakers released the highly-anticipated, amended version of the state’s landmark cap-and-trade bill. Sen. Michael Dembrow (D) and Rep. Karin Power (D), the co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction, released the...

March 26th Roundup: Legislators, Businesses, and Enviros Back Carbon Price

Not a Subscriber? Sign up here. BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo, the Ball is in Your Court (by Michael Green, via Climate XChange): “In separate speeches to prominent business groups this past month, as reported by the Boston Globe, the leaders of...

President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo, the Ball is in Your Court

In separate speeches to prominent business groups this past month, as reported by the Boston Globe, the leaders of both chambers of the state legislature asked for private sector support in advancing bold policies to address a number of challenges...

17, and Leading Climate Action in New Mexico

On March 15, students from over 100 countries around the world marched for their future in a Youth Climate Strike. We come together because we need those in power to listen. In California students marched to save their homeland from...

National Brands and Local Businesses Take Action on Sustainability as B Corps

Kristin is the Programs Director for CABA, Climate XChange's Boston-based business association with over 150 members that mobilizes local businesses to take targeted action on climate change. Join CABA Today As Earth Day approaches, we want to celebrate businesses that are integrating...

I predicted the Green New Deal’s 4 Million Jobs 20 years ago

The Green New Deal could create 4 million jobs. Or at least that’s what I and others wrote in 1998 in The National Green Jobs Report. The idea of creating lots of green jobs is not a new one; it goes...

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