Politics

Federal judge dismisses the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Western Climate Initiative

Last week, a federal judge dismissed a Trump Administration lawsuit against California’s cap-and-trade program, the Western Climate Initiative — a massive win for the state of California in their continuous battle against the current federal government on environmental protections.  The Department...

Ohio Energy Scandal Emblematic of a Larger National Crisis

Last year, the state passed what was deemed by some as “the worst energy bill of the 21st century”. The law — which bailed out nuclear and power plants while gutting clean energy standards — essentially removed any incentive to...

Biden’s Clean Energy Plan proposes economic recovery through green investments

Last Tuesday, July 14th, Joe Biden released the second part of his economic agenda proposal, what he calls his ‘Build Back Better’ plan, which focuses specifically on how climate-related investments in clean energy can restimulate the economy.  The plan’s release comes...

Webinar Recap: Pricing Pollution in Canada

Across the country, passing carbon pollution pricing policies is a challenge, despite there being widespread scientific and economic consensus on the necessity of the policy. But while the U.S. has failed to implement a federal carbon price, Canada has succeeded,...

Houston is Failing its Communities of Color: A History of Redlining and Pollution Siting

There’s a saying that everything’s bigger in Texas. The state itself is massive, second in size to only Alaska. It’s also the second largest state by population, only bested by California. To the detriment of the people living in Texas,...

Connecting Past to Present: Confronting Environmental Racism and Social Injustice in Hawaii

“Hawaii is not a project. It’s our home and we love our home.” This statement made by renowned storyteller and CEO of the Oahu Economic Development Board, Pono Shim, sums up the stewardship mentality deeply rooted in the cultural ideals of...

Six Years Later, Flint Still Doesn’t Have Clean Water: One of the Worst Environmental Injustices in the 21st Century

Climate change is a prominent threat to the lives and livelihoods of Michiganders, and there are certain communities that are especially vulnerable — Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), as well as low-income people and families.  Many individuals within these...

The Future of Virginia’s Solar Market and Its Goal to Leave No Resident Behind

Having the opportunity to power your home with solar energy has historically been a privilege. In Virginia, a typical solar installation in 2020 costs around $13,000 upfront; therefore, as a household’s income increases, so does their likelihood of having an...

North Carolina Issues New Resilience Plan, Includes Climate Justice Concerns

In early June, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) submitted the North Carolina Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan to Governor Cooper’s office. The result of 11 months of discussion with numerous stakeholders — including municipal governments, federal...