Politics

It’s raining carbon pricing bills on Capitol Hill: a comparative look

Since the 116th Congress began in January, seven carbon pricing bills have been introduced at the federal level, four of them in the last month. Some of these bills will do a better job at effectively and equitably reducing emissions...

Four winners and two losers from the 2019 US carbon pricing movement

It was a roller coaster year for the carbon pricing movement in the United States. A record-number of states (16!) introduced carbon pricing legislation, including first-timers like Maine and Montana. However, legislative milestones that were largely expected to be achieved,...

First Wave of Modeling Results Released for TCI – Here’s what you need to Know

The Transportation Climate Initiative is one step closer to becoming a reality. This past Thursday, modeling experts released their prediction of what GHG emissions from transportation will look like in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, absent a cap-and-invest program. Not familiar with...

Transportation Climate Initiative Conversations Continue in Baltimore

On Tuesday, July 30th, hundreds of policymakers and stakeholders converged in Baltimore, MD to participate in the latest workshop on developing the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). Not familiar with TCI? Read about it here The all-day discussion focused on “Low-Carbon Transportation...

Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Carbon Pricing [Updated]

Note: This article was originally published on June 26th, 2019 ahead of the first set of 2020 Democratic primary debates on June 26th and 27th. We have updated the article to reflect changes in candidates' positions heading into the second round...

New carbon pricing bills introduced in Congress

While moderating the first Democratic debate last month, NBC’s Chuck Todd asked presidential candidates a misguided question: “If carbon pricing is politically impossible, how do we pay for climate mitigation?”  There’s a lot wrong with that question, and if you spend...

Four Pressing Questions About GreenWorks, Answered

Despite only being a bill for about two months, GreenWorks (H.3987) is rapidly moving through Massachusetts’ legislative process. We break down the changes made to GreenWorks since its first filing in May 2019, examine its political implications, and try to understand...

New Jersey is finally back in RGGI, and that’s a good start

After an eight year hiatus, New Jersey is officially back in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). On June 17th, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) adopted two rules prompting the state to rejoin the electric-sector cap-and-invest program. The...

Utah Carbon Pricing Ballot Initiative Makes Further Strides

Utah’s Clean the Darn Air campaign aims to put air quality and climate concerns on the ballot in 2020. Advocates hope to put a price on carbon pollution and use the revenues to improve notoriously poor air quality in the...