Politics

Webinar Recap: Green Infrastructure 

“Green infrastructure is an interconnected network of natural areas and other open spaces that conserve natural ecosystem values and functions, sustain clean air and water and provide a wide array of benefits to people and wildlife. It is the ecological...

New York’s Climate Law Reveals Potential Challenges for Biden’s Plan

President-Elect Joe Biden announced in July a $2 trillion plan aimed at tackling climate change and promoting environmental justice. The proposal is part of his economic agenda, which he calls his plan to “Build Back Better." This was the most ambitious...

Recap: A Fireside Chat with Bob Litterman and Climate Leaders

On September 9th, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee released a report entitled Managing Climate Risk in the U.S. Financial System. Spurred by similar efforts across the globe, this report was initiated to measure climate risk to...

Down ballot environmental wins to hold you over until we get election results

This week of uncertainty has left us all obsessively checking our phones for newly released votes. It’s hard not to put so much pressure on the results of the presidential election particularly with the climate in the balance. However, if...

Virginia Prioritizes Environmental Justice in its Beginning Phases of Climate Disaster Planning

Since Democrats gained majorities in both houses of the Virginia legislature in the midterm election, the Virginia General Assembly has been making vast strides in the development of climate legislation. With the significant passage of the Virginia Clean Economy Act...

Cross-Sector Drilling Opposition Wins Limited Protection for North Carolina and Virginia Coasts

On September 8th, President Donald Trump signed an executive order extending an existing moratorium on offshore drilling for an additional ten years in Florida. His original extension covered offshore drilling in waters from Florida to South Carolina, and was updated...

Public Engagement Plays Key Role in Nevada’s 2020 Climate Strategy

In late August, Nevada launched the Nevada Climate Initiative, a program described by a state press release as “first-of-a-kind.” The initiative is not unique by virtue of existence — 23 states have released climate action plans, and a handful more...

Trump Administration Undervalues Cost of Carbon by 7x

Over the past four years, the Trump administration has made it a mission (often succeeding) to dismantle major climate policies, weaken environmental rules, regulations, and protections, and kickstart destructive new development projects – all with the potential for significant increases...

New Mexico Looks To Curb Methane Emissions and Channel Community Solar

In recent years, New Mexico has stood out as a state with high ambitions for climate policy. Upon taking office in January 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s third executive order brought the state into the U.S. Climate Alliance, created the...