Politics

Strong Climate Policies on the Horizon in the Empire State

Though countless reports have highlighted the grave future consequences of climate change, President Trump has done nothing about the massive existential threat but deny its existence and roll back environmental regulations. In the wake of such inaction, state lawmakers have...

Will Hawaii be the first state to price carbon?

In 1959, Hawaii became the 50th and last state to join the United States. Almost sixty years later, it’s emerged as one of the nation’s most progressive and forward-thinking states, known for its many legislative firsts. Hawaii was the first...

7 Beacon Hill Climate & Energy Bills to Watch

Legislators had two weeks to sign onto bills filed in the new session, a process known as cosponsorship. Over that period, a host of bills addressing climate change and promoting clean energy received a lot of attention, with multiple lobby...

New Governor Builds Momentum for Carbon Pricing in Maine

“I do not believe in the Al Gore sciences,” Paul Lepage notoriously said in an interview during his 2010 Maine gubernatorial campaign. He went on to call for the abolition of the Department of Energy and the U.S. EPA, quickly...

A Green Wave is Gaining Traction in New Mexico

On January 29, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into effect her first executive order, committing the state to taking aggressive action against climate change. The Democratic Governor, who made combating global warming a cornerstone of her campaign platform,...

New Legislative Session Brings Opportunity for Carbon Pricing in Massachusetts

The 2019-2020 legislative session kicked off in Massachusetts this month, bringing with it two new bills proposing a statewide fee on carbon emissions. After gaining a great deal of interest and support in the 2017-18 session in Massachusetts and nationwide,...

Mountain State Joins the Carbon Pricing Movement

Just last year, almost 3.5 million people visited Montana’s famous Glacier National Park. Tourists raved about its breathtaking scenery and monumental glaciers, and TripAdvisor users ranked the park as the state’s top attraction. But the park’s glaciers are rapidly melting...

Pennsylvania the Newest State to Turn to Carbon Pricing

As the new legislative session kicked off earlier this month, Pennsylvania set its sights on an ambitious new carbon pricing strategy to combat climate impacts. In late 2018, a coalition of more than 60 entities called on legislators to put...

In Oregon, this could be the year for critical carbon pricing legislation

2019 is shaping up to be the year Oregon lawmakers could pass their highly-anticipated cap and invest legislation. Establishing a statewide carbon pricing mechanism has been a perennial topic among Oregon’s legislators for years now, and political momentum heading into...