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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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More Than Half Of Nebraskans Guaranteed To Receive Clean Electricity By 2050 Thanks To Advocacy Around State’s Public Utilities

Wind energy capacity across the United States has been expanding rapidly for years, especially in Nebraska. From 2017 to 2018, the nation averaged an eight percent increase in wind energy capacity, but according to a report from the American Wind...

Secretary Haaland’s Unique Position to Lead Interior

On March 15, 2021, Representative Debra Haaland was confirmed for Secretary of the Interior in a historic vote. After a lengthy confirmation process the Senate voted in favor of her confirmation by a margin of 51-40. Senate Democrats voted unanimously...

Earth Day 2021: Restoring our Planet

This year, the theme for Earth Day is restoration. It’s a clarion call to restore and rehabilitate our natural, social, and economic systems imperiled by converging and compounding ecological and climate crises. While much of the world continues to grapple...

April 23rd Roundup: Earth Week & House Considers Green Budget Proposals

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – Green priorities under consideration in House budget (Christian Morris): The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) and other members of the Green Budget Coalition are continuing efforts to push for an increase in spending...

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April 16th Roundup: Baker Revokes Approval for Springfield Biomass Plant

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – “Baker pulls plug on Springfield biomass power plant” (Bruce Mohl, Commonwealth Magazine): "THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION pulled the plug on a controversial biomass power plant in Springfield on Friday amid growing pushback from opponents who...

Maine, Politics
The Youth-Led Fight for Climate Justice in Maine

In the face of historically exclusive spaces and performative actions, Maine youth are using their voices to flip the script through an unwavering focus on climate justice. The politics and demographics of Maine are indicative of a challenge faced by...

Politics, TCI
Next for TCI: Draft Model Rule, State Level Implementation, and New Findings on Program Benefits

The public comment period on the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program's (TCI-P) Draft Model Rule and processes for public engagement wraps up on May 7th.  Meanwhile, legislators in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island are working to pass the legislation needed to...

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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...

Communicating the climate crisis

Communicating the climate crisis is a critical part of moving policy solutions forward and gaining the collective buy-in necessary for creating a future that is not dependent on the heat trapping gases that have resulted in this crisis. However, this...

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Cleaning the New Jersey Commute: Electrifying Transport as a Step Toward Environmental Justice

Recently, the State of New Jersey has seen notable progress in addressing the climate crisis and environmental injustice. With a history of toxic pollution, environmental discrimination, and inequitable burdens across both race and class, New Jersey has begun to address...

Webinar Recap: How State Governments Can Help Communities Invest in Climate Resilience

It isn’t news that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is key to mitigating the disastrous effects of climate change. Policies and mechanisms that help achieve reduction goals to limit warming as much as possible can leave out the topic of how...

Understanding the New Massachusetts Climate Law

After a year-long legislative push, a sweeping update to Massachusetts climate policy is now law. In short, the new law sets higher statewide goals to cut emissions, while creating opportunities for the state to better prioritize environmental justice, nudge utilities...

Two Municipalities in New Hampshire are the First to Join Community Power Program

We often take for granted the complex systems that deliver electricity to our homes and businesses. While turning on a light may take only the simple action of flipping a switch, communities across the country are choosing better ways to...

April 2nd Roundup: Senator Barrett Advises Governor Against Undermining Climate Law

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS – With climate bill now law, some policymakers shift focus to implementation (Tim Cronin): Last week lawmakers joined Governor Baker as he signed a sweeping climate bill into law. Despite the back and forth over the...

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Major Climate Legislation in Rhode Island nears General Assembly Approval

The Rhode Island House and Senate are preparing to finalize Act on Climate 2021, the most serious piece of climate and energy legislation to pass in Rhode Island since the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, the state’s first-ever comprehensive...

SCPN Spotlight: Haven Vincent-Warner on Youth Climate Activism and Community Organizing

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...

Permits And Protests: The Fight Against The Line 3 Pipeline In Minnesota

Developments over the past year have reinvigorated a six-year long battle in Minnesota as environmental advocates, Indigenous tribes, and community groups ramp up their fight against the construction of Line 3. The pipeline, commissioned by Canadian company Enbridge, would run...

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