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It's been 875 days since Donald Trump was inaugurated President of the United States. From the moment he was elected president in November 2016, Donald Trump represented four years of lost potential in America’s fight to mitigate the climate crisis and...

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Pennsylvania Carbon Pricing Bills Slated for Introduction

After a petition to study cap-and-invest was accepted by Pennsylvania’s Environmental Quality Board (EQB) in mid-April, advocates wondered if legislators would capitalize on the state’s newfound momentum for carbon pricing and introduce bills of their own.   It now looks like...

June 11th Roundup: GreenWorks Bill Hearing Expected Next Week

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - GreenWorks Bill Hearing Expected Next Week: Speaker DeLeo’s $1.3 billion GreenWorks bill (H.3846) is expected to receive a public hearing before the Joint Energy Committee at 2:00pm on June 18th. Governor Baker’s proposed real...

Can Humanity’s History be the Solution for our Future?

Last year I read Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. The book is an exploration of the history of humanity on Earth, and how we came to form our current civilizations (this is not an ad...

June 4th Roundup: All Eyes on South Shore Nuclear Reactor

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Environmental Committee hears EJ, drilling bills today: The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA) is hearing testimony on 11 bills, including legislation that would ban offshore drilling for oil...

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University Student Sparks Nebraska Carbon Pricing Debate

Steve Kirchner is a recent graduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is a history major, a wrestling enthusiast, and — like 48 percent of  Nebraskans— a Republican. He also happens to be one of the most outspoken carbon...

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Gen Z. Leading the Charge on Climate Justice – Here’s How

As we work towards transitioning to a low-carbon future, issues of equity, justice, and inclusion need to be at the center of the conversation to ensure new systems do not perpetuate inequities of the past. Below we explore how the...

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Now what? We can’t blame our way out of climate change

Nearly everything we understand about global warming today was known in 1979. By that year, data collected since 1957 confirmed what had been theorized since before the turn of the 20th century: Human beings have altered Earth’s atmosphere mainly through...

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Besides the weather, traffic is probably the one thing we can all find in common to talk – or rather complain – about. Traffic during commuting times affects the health, well-being, and employment opportunities for millions of Americans living in...

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May 29th Roundup: State Energy Committee Schedules Energy Efficiency Hearing

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Exclusive Analysis: 4 Key Takeaways from DeLeo’s GreenWorks: The much anticipated GreenWorks bill is finally here! Even if you’re not a climate wonk (like me) who has waited almost three months for the details...

4 Key Takeaways from DeLeo’s GreenWorks Bill

The much anticipated GreenWorks bill is finally here! Is that too much excitement over the contents of a bonding bill? Well, it shouldn’t be. Even if you’re not a climate wonk (like me) who has waited almost three months for the...

Big business is not just on board with carbon pricing, it’s lobbying for it

Business leaders from across the country headed to Washington D.C. this week to push for a federal price on carbon emissions. Over 75 businesses descended on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, representing a range of industries with over $2.5 trillion in...

Business-as-Usual: How TCI can learn from RGGI and WCI in its modeling exercises

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional initiative in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to reduce transportation emissions through a cap-and-invest program. For more information on the program, check out our other articles on TCI or our recent comment...

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New York Climate Bill Endorsed by Chuck Schumer

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made headlines this week for urging New York State Legislators to support the state’s Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA). Schumer, one of the most powerful Democrats in the country, sent a detailed letter on...

May 21st Roundup: Baker Admin Blasted for Missing Compressor Data

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] - Programming Note: With the Memorial Day holiday next week, the Roundup will be in your inbox on Wednesday next week, instead of Tuesday. Don't forget to honor all those women and men...

Mixed Concerns from Equity Groups at Latest TCI Workshop

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is an initiative to reduce transportation emissions in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic through a cap-and-invest program. Click here for an overview on TCI, or here to see our latest official comment letter to TCI leadership. This past Wednesday,...

Oregon Cap-and-Invest Bill Nearing Passage

After nearly a decade of work, Oregon’s high-profile cap-and-invest bill appears to be poised for passage. Last week, lawmakers released what is looking to be the final, 181-page version of the highly anticipated legislation. The new bill includes 84 amendments...

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