Carlie Clarcq

Oregon cap-and-invest makes a comeback

On February 3rd, Senate Bill 1530 was introduced in the Oregon Senate, which establishes a cap-and-invest system that would make heat trapping gas polluters purchase allowances for each ton of carbon they emit. The bill is in line with Oregon...

Flying Blind: What impact do airline offsets actually have?

Traditionally one of the most difficult climate questions, airline industries began 2020 with big announcements on how they plan to account for their massive carbon footprint.  There are currently few viable alternatives to long-distance travel, and the technology to make plane...

Wisconsin considers the social cost of carbon

On January 21st, Wisconsin Democrats introduced Bill 766 in the Assembly, which requires utilities to assess the social cost of carbon when assessing new projects. While this is not a direct price on carbon that utilities have to pay, it...

Judge Approves Oregon Ballot Initiatives, Paving the Way for Climate Action

Last week, a county judge in Oregon ruled that the rejection by Secretary of State Bev Clarno of two ballot initiatives aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions was improper. The initiatives will now continue through the process that will place...

Rhode Island Governor Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets

After the highly enthusiastic State of the State in Rhode Island last week, Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on January 17th mandating the state to move towards 100% renewable energy by 2030. This is the most ambitious ten-year...

Virginia moves forward on RGGI with the Clean Economy Act

In November 2019, for the first time since 1994, Virginia Democrats gained a majority in the state’s House and Senate, a partisan shift that put the state in a position to pass strong climate policy this session. Passing any sort of...

Webinar Recap: Governors Leading the way on Climate Action

Within the current political climate, which has been characterized by a lack of federal leadership on environmental and climate policy in the face of severe need for action, we have seen state governments step up to take the lead. The...