Politics

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...

Mass. Senate’s Climate Bills: Overview, Summary, & Context

Today (1/23) the Massachusetts State Senate released its much-anticipated comprehensive package to address climate change. Split into three bills, the package includes a price on carbon pollution, a state-wide net zero emissions mandate by 2050, and new requirements for solar...

Rhode Island Governor Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy Targets

After the highly enthusiastic State of the State in Rhode Island last week, Governor Gina Raimondo signed an executive order on January 17th mandating the state to move towards 100% renewable energy by 2030. This is the most ambitious ten-year...

Governor Baker’s Net Zero Pledge in Context

At his annual State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday (1/21), Governor Baker pledged Massachusetts to a new goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making the Bay State the third in the country to make such a commitment,...

Historic show of support for carbon pollution pricing at the MA State House

Over 225 citizens, business leaders, and elected officials from across the state packed a Beacon Hill hearing room on Tuesday in Massachusetts to show their support for legislation to put a price on carbon pollution. The hearing was held by...

Virginia moves forward on RGGI with the Clean Economy Act

In November 2019, for the first time since 1994, Virginia Democrats gained a majority in the state’s House and Senate, a partisan shift that put the state in a position to pass strong climate policy this session. Passing any sort of...

It’s 60+ degrees in January & these businesses want climate action now

Local businesses fundamentally understand the true cost of climate inaction, and are calling for legislation in 2020 to put a price on carbon pollution in Massachusetts. With unprecedentedly high winter temperatures hitting New England this weekend, we are reminded of what...

Webinar Recap: Governors Leading the way on Climate Action

Within the current political climate, which has been characterized by a lack of federal leadership on environmental and climate policy in the face of severe need for action, we have seen state governments step up to take the lead. The...

Leading on Climate Action in the US: Ten States to Watch in 2020

In 2019, critical groundwork for climate action was laid — millions of young people around the world joined forces to strike for urgent action on climate change, and United States presidential candidates, most prominently Jay Inslee, ran on a platform...