Carlie Clarcq

Webinar Recap: Why Carbon Pricing is a Public Health Issue

The coronavirus outbreak and current pandemic is proving how overwhelming and disruptive health crises can be. While this pandemic is elevating visibility and public concern over public health, there has been another massive issue affecting our communities for decades: pollution...

Republican Walkout Halts Cap-and-Invest (Again), but Gov. Brown Commits to Climate

The 2020 Oregon legislative session just ended with yet another Republican walkout, once again halting the passage of cap-and-invest legislation.  In late February, Senate Bill 1530 made it to the Senate floor. However, Republican Senators refused to attend the vote, prompting...

How municipalities are playing a part in solving the climate crisis

We highlighted the efforts of eight municipalities enacting climate policies across the US. Click the map below to read more about each municipality.As federal climate action continues to lag, states are taking the lead in proposing and championing comprehensive climate...

U.S. Agriculture set to tackle carbon emissions with USDA plan

Last month, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, unveiled a plan to reduce 50% of emissions in the agricultural sector by 2050 called the “Innovation Agenda.” Perdue is the former Republican Governor of Georgia, and has been criticized previously...

Virginia set to join RGGI — A massive step forward for cap-and-invest

In a landmark decision last week, Virginia passed the Clean Economy Act in both the House and Senate. The legislation sets the state to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a regional cap-and-invest program for the electric sector in...

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...