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[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Will A Kennedy-Markey Primary Divide Environmental Community? Probably Not: It seems like everyone in state politics has lost their minds since local Politico reporter Stephanie Murray first broke the possibility of a primary challenge...

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It’s Ideology, Stupid – Why Voters Still Shun Carbon Taxes

Originally posted by Kleinman Center for Energy Policy // Ioana Marinescu, Soren Anderson, and Boris Shor August 5, 2019 The failure of Washington State’s carbon tax initiatives shows that American voters are not yet ready to take action. The carbon tax vote is...

It’s raining carbon pricing bills on Capitol Hill: a comparative look

Since the 116th Congress began in January, seven carbon pricing bills have been introduced at the federal level, four of them in the last month. Some of these bills will do a better job at effectively and equitably reducing emissions...

Aug. 13th Roundup: Mass. Mayors Endorse Carbon Pricing

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Salem & Holyoke Mayors Endorse Rep Benson’s Carbon Pricing Proposal: In an op-ed for Commonwealth Magazine, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse outlined why they support an ambitious...

Four winners and two losers from the 2019 US carbon pricing movement

It was a roller coaster year for the carbon pricing movement in the United States. A record-number of states (16!) introduced carbon pricing legislation, including first-timers like Maine and Montana. However, legislative milestones that were largely expected to be achieved,...

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First Wave of Modeling Results Released for TCI – Here’s what you need to Know

The Transportation Climate Initiative is one step closer to becoming a reality. This past Thursday, modeling experts released their prediction of what GHG emissions from transportation will look like in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, absent a cap-and-invest program. Not familiar with...

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August 6th Roundup: Goodbye Offshore Wind Caps

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - GreenWorks Heads to Senate, Advocates Hope for Swift Action: GreenWorks (H.3997) has left the building, or at least has left the House. Its prospects in the Senate remain less clear....

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Transportation Climate Initiative Conversations Continue in Baltimore

On Tuesday, July 30th, hundreds of policymakers and stakeholders converged in Baltimore, MD to participate in the latest workshop on developing the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). Not familiar with TCI? Read about it here The all-day discussion focused on “Low-Carbon Transportation...

CXC Policy Roundup, Massachusetts, News

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Baker Unveils $18 Billion Transportation Bond Bill, Targets Climate Change: On Friday (July 26th) Governor Baker released a transportation bond bill (HD.4396) calling for $18 billion in new capital to...

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Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Carbon Pricing [Updated]

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. We have updated the article to reflect changes in candidates' positions heading into the second round...

New carbon pricing bills introduced in Congress

While moderating the first Democratic debate last month, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked presidential candidates a misguided question: “If carbon pricing is politically impossible, how do we pay for climate mitigation?”  There’s a lot wrong with that question, and if you spend...

July 23rd Roundup: Beacon Hill Leaders Advance (Some) Climate, Energy Bills

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - GreenWorks House Vote Scheduled For Tomorrow: Continuing its rapid progress, Speaker DeLeo’s GreenWorks bill (H.3987) is on the schedule for a vote before the full House during formal session tomorrow (Wednesday, July...

Four Pressing Questions About GreenWorks, Answered

Despite only being a bill for about two months, GreenWorks (H.3987) is rapidly moving through Massachusetts’ legislative process. We break down the changes made to GreenWorks since its first filing in May 2019, examine its political implications, and try to understand...

The New Face of Climate Denial

Dog whistle tactics, solutions skepticism, and the continued efforts to undermine climate action   BY MICHAEL GREEN AND MARIA VIRGINIA OLANO Denying climate change is becoming increasingly unacceptable as scientific consensus on the matter is largely no longer debatable (thankfully). However, what has...

New Jersey is finally back in RGGI, and that’s a good start

After an eight year hiatus, New Jersey is officially back in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). On June 17th, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) adopted two rules prompting the state to rejoin the electric-sector cap-and-invest program. The...

July 16th Roundup: How Hot will the Bay State Get?

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Carbon Pricing Receives Airing in Commonwealth Magazine: Last week the Commonwealth Magazine ran two opinion editorials on carbon pricing in Massachusetts. One authored by the Mass Fiscal Alliance, a shadowy dark money funded group known...

How to Have Your Carbon Fee Cake and Eat It Too

Our analysis of Massachusetts Representative Jennifer Benson’s H.2810, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions, shows that while it imposes substantial fees on carbon pollution, creating incentives to reduce emissions, it will still financially protect low and...

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