Politics

Local Climate Action Persists in Alaska

Temperatures in Alaska have been rising twice as fast as the global average and two to three times the rate of any other U.S. state. However, the state’s economic reliance on oil and gas, compounded with the fact that both...

Maryland Carbon Pricing Bill Heard at State House

Over two days, dozens of expert witnesses gathered before the Maryland General Assembly to support legislation to put a price on carbon pollution. The panelists represented a cross section of the bill’s wide support, and included environmental, religious, labor, equity,...

Hawaii Carbon Pricing Bill Passes Senate (Again)

A carbon pollution pricing bill in Hawaii passed the Senate for the second year in a row. The bill (SB 3150) passed last week by a 23–2 vote, with four Senators voting in favor but with reservations.  SB 3150 reconfigures the...

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...

Bay State’s proposed Climate Policy Commission: a model for climate oversight

In January 2020, the Massachusetts Senate proposed an innovative way of providing independent oversight over the state’s climate policy. The chamber’s recently passed package of climate bills includes language establishing a climate policy commission to help the Commonwealth achieve its...

Keep an Eye on the Massachusetts 2050 Roadmap Bill

With the passage of its Next Generation Climate bills in January 2020, the Massachusetts Senate laid out its vision for comprehensive climate policy this session. Attention has now shifted to the House of Representatives, which is feeling increased pressure to...

How Carbon Pricing in Hawaii Could Become Law this Session (and how you can help)

A carbon pollution pricing bill (Senate Bill 3150) that is widely supported by key legislators and executive officials, is on the move in Hawaii. The bill, which initially prices carbon at $40 per ton, will generate millions in revenue for...