Federal

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...

No Climate, No Deal

In his 2020 campaign, President Joe Biden demonstrated a clear and ambitious proposal to tackle the climate crisis — his famous $2 trillion climate plan. The plan appealed to millions of voters and included critical climate actions such as transitioning...

Two Years Later, Legislators Reintroduce Green New Deal Bills

More than two years ago, on a chilly February day, two of the nation’s most progressive lawmakers made headlines after introducing a resolution calling for a Green New Deal. This resolution — now a household name — laid out a...

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...

International Climate Policy and John Kerry’s New Role in President Biden’s Administration

Days after President Joe Biden was elected in November, former Secretary of State John Kerry was announced to be the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Kerry will be the first to hold this position in a presidential cabinet, making...

President Biden Increased The Social Cost Of Carbon, But Is It Enough?

For years, economists and climate scientists have worked to attribute a price tag to the pollution driving the climate crisis, known as the Social Cost Of Carbon (SCC). The SCC can be leveraged in policy and decision-making to weigh the...

Administration off to a good start on climate commitments

The United States has a new Commander-in-Chief. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President last week and environmental advocates breathed a sigh of relief. The inauguration signaled an end to the volatile, anti-science Trump administration, an era under...

Biden’s Climate Cabinet Meets Diversity of the Climate Moment: Will they meet its ambition?

Across the globe, climate activists have urged those in power to act on climate change imminently and appropriately. Particularly in recent years, we have seen a diverse coalition form in the fight for our own collective survival and that of...

Webinar Recap: What Biden’s Election Means for State Climate Policy

For the last four years, the Trump Administration has rolled back environmental regulations and denied the existence of climate change. President-elect Biden, however, made climate policy a central tenet of his campaign. In his first 100 days, he has promised...