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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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Environmental Justice Takes Center Stage in Massachusetts Legislative Session

The 2021–2022 legislative session in Massachusetts has seen an increased focus on environmental justice, with four exciting bills being introduced thanks to the hard work of organizers, advocates, and community leaders from across the state. These bills come on the...

A Raffle with Real Impact: Our 6th Annual Tesla Raffle is Live

Unprecedented. That was the word used to describe most everything in the year 2020. Now, a year later, we’re still grappling with the impacts of the pandemic, but we’re using unprecedented to describe something different: climate-fueled disasters. 2021 is showing us...

Report: An Assessment of Environmental Justice Policy in U.S. Climate Alliance States

This white paper tracks the status and trends of three procedural environmental justice (EJ) policies across 24 U.S. Climate Alliance (“Alliance”) states: How each state defines an environmental justice community Each state’s environmental justice mapping capabilities The status of dedicated...

SCPN Spotlight: Senator Chloe Maxmin On Championing Climate in Rural Maine

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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Intersection
Environmental Justice as a Public Health Crisis

We are still amid a global pandemic. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, the United States has not done the best at ensuring its citizens’ health and safety. Vaccine distribution, while finally at 50% nationwide, is still not as widespread...

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How the Climate Crisis Compounds Risks For Incarcerated Workers

This summer has been marked by a series of climate-fueled disasters: heat waves with disastrous consequences, dramatic rainfall and intense thunderstorms, an earlier and potentially more destructive hurricane season, and nearly 100 wildfires raging across the country. The increasing intensity...

Politics
California Considers Community-Based Approach to Climate Resilience

In May, California Governor Gavin Newsom made waves by proposing record state spending on environmental programs, thanks to a $76 billion budget surplus resulting from state tax revenue and federal stimulus money. His proposed $11 billion in environmental spending —...

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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...

News and Insights
The Time to Fight for Pollution Pricing is Now

When Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election, climate advocates across the country felt a renewed sense of hope. Campaigning on a commitment to refocus the United States on addressing the climate crisis after four years of rollbacks, Joe Biden...

SCPN Spotlight: Kendall Chappell on the Value of Persistence 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...

Report: How The Green Future Act Creates Jobs and Benefits Communities

An Analysis of the Job Creation and Community Benefits of the Green Future Act  This report analyzes the job creation and community benefits of the Green Future Act (H.3292), a bill currently being considered by the Massachusetts state legislature. The Climate...

The IPCC Report is Grim, But There’s Room for Hope

This week, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reaffirmed what scientists, advocates, and scholars have been telling us for years: our planet is in dire straits, and human activity (the burning of fossil fuels) is “unequivocally” the cause....

Climate Justice for All, Including the Disability Community

As the prevalence and severity of climate-related emergencies rise, so does the need for awareness, diversity, and inclusion to be woven into the fabric of the climate movement. Understanding the systemic inequities that create barriers to accessibility for the disability...

Heat Waves, Urban Heat Islands, and the Inequitable Impacts of a Warming Climate 

This summer, states in the Western U.S. are battling record breaking heat, confounded by wildfires — the frequency and severity of which are only increasing with the climate crisis. The extreme heat many Americans are experiencing is more than just...

SCPN Spotlight: Theodora Okiro on Transformative Energy Policymaking

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...

Fossil Fuel Industry’s Influence in the 2020 Congressional Elections

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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