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For decades, the fossil fuel industry has attempted to influence and stifle the United States’ climate policies at both the federal and state level. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce — the largest dark money, pro-fossil fuel trade association in the...

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Webinar Recap: Rooting Environmental Justice Efforts in Community

Grassroots community organizing is and always has been at the heart of the environmental justice movement. In recent years, this organizing has led to state-level legislative successes across the nation, including expanding community engagement, developing equitable climate funding requirements, and...

SCPN Spotlight: Pooja Tilvawala on Centering and Empowering Youth in Climate Activism

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...

How Do States Plan To Meet Their Climate Commitments?

An Assessment of U.S. Climate Alliance States’ Climate Action Plans This white paper analyzes the trends and comprehensiveness of 2030 state climate action plans. Specifically, between January and April 2021 the Climate XChange research team mapped and identified the occurrence...

No Climate, No Deal

In his 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden demonstrated a clear and ambitious proposal to tackle the climate crisis — his famous $2 trillion climate plan. The plan appealed to millions of voters and included critical climate actions such as transitioning...

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June 30th Roundup: Heat Waves Hit Hard

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – "Report: Framingham state Rep. Maria Robinson is being vetted for FERC" (Chris Van Buskirk, SHNS via MetroWest Daily News): "State Rep. Maria Robinson, D-Framingham, could be in the running for a federal post that...

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Support For Black Farmers Is Critical For Racial & Climate Justice 

Earlier this year, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan. Included in the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill was $5 billion allocated to the Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act — what some are calling a landmark...

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SCPN Spotlight: Representative Anna Eskamani On Leading With Hope And Inspiring Young Leaders

Representative Anna Eskamani has been serving the residents of Florida House District 47 with a passion since 2018, flipping the seat as a first time candidate. She was born and raised in Orlando, and is the daughter of working class...

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New Climate XChange Report: Investing in a Better Massachusetts

An Analysis of Job Creation and Community Benefits from Green Investments This report analyzes the potential job creation and quality of life benefits from investing in clean transportation, sustainable development, clean energy, energy efficiency, and natural resource conservation in Massachusetts. These...

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...

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Once Again, Our Actions are Misaligned With the Reality of this Crisis

Earlier this year, a forecast analysis was released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) detailing pathways to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Notably, the report indicates that existing government pledges will not achieve the goal of net zero by...

June 18th Roundup: AG Maura Healey Wants Companies to Disclose Financial Risks of Climate Change

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – Hearings begin next week on pollution, local energy bills (Tim Cronin): Even as statehouse leaders work through how to open the legislature back up, bills focused on indoor and outdoor pollution as well as local energy...

SCPN Spotlight: Jon Grossman, Norah Dooley, Nina Kammerer, and Kathleen Flanagan on Unions Working for Climate Action 

When labor unions were first established in the mid-19th century, they were considered some of the most radical organizations in the country as they advocated for workers rights through civil disobedience. Today, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 509’s Climate and Environmental...

In a Climate Emergency, Pennsylvania City Wants to Stop Burning Your Trash

Waste management in the United States, particularly through incineration, is a major environmental justice concern. A global economic model of overconsumption has resulted in social and environmental emergencies, one of which is properly disposing of waste products. In the context of...

Green Investments Chart a Path Forward, Here’s How Communities Stand to Benefit

Over the last 14 months, advocates, scientists, and policymakers have been calling for a green recovery to foster solutions that will benefit people and the planet for decades to come. The cornerstone of a green recovery must be investing in...

June 10th Roundup: Vehicular Air Pollution Claimed Hundreds of Lives in MA in 2016

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – “Watchdogs On Alert Ahead of Climate Law Implementation” (Colin A. Young, SHNS via WWLP): [read the article] LOCAL IDEAS – “Time to prioritize offshore wind supply chain” by Patricia Haddad, via Commonwealth Magazine – “Solar gone wrong” by Margaret Sheehan,...

Webinar Recap: Federal Climate Action’s Impact on States

After four years of environmental rollbacks and inaction on climate change, the tides have turned on Capitol Hill. Since Biden took office in January, we’ve seen a slew of climate initiatives and introduced policies, including an early Executive Order on...

Big Shifts Finally Shaking Up Big Oil 

‘Big Oil’ is a term often used to describe the largest publicly traded oil and gas companies in the world. These corporations also happen to be some of the most significant heat trapping gas emitters, lobbyists against climate action, and...

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