Politics

Illinois Workers Center Union Jobs in New Clean Energy Coalition

A brand new labor-focused climate coalition just launched in the state of Illinois. The Climate Jobs Illinois coalition is composed heavily of labor union representatives and members from across the state’s energy industry, with a mission to “advocate for a...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves a Climate-Sized Hole on the Court

Losing a cultural and legal icon always has dramatic consequences, but in this political moment, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death could have dire implications for the future of legal protections and action on climate.  Although primarily revered for her advancement of...

Denver Sales Tax on the Ballot in November

In early August, the City Council of Denver approved a 0.25% sales tax increase proposal. Colorado has a state-wide sales tax of 2.9%, and allows local governments to collect a local option sales tax of up to 8%. The purpose...

A Note to Our Community: Welcome to the State Climate Policy Network

We’ve officially renamed the State Carbon Pricing Network the State Climate Policy Network to reflect the myriad of solutions needed to comprehensively transition to a low carbon future!  In 2014, the State Carbon Pricing Network was founded by a group of...

ExxonMobil sued for decades of lies

Last week, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong filed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil, one of the world’s largest international oil and gas companies, for intentionally deceiving the public about the connection between fossil fuels and the climate crisis.  “ExxonMobil sold oil and...

A green recovery is what the country needs right now – we have proof of how it would work

Amid the public health and economic crisis that succeeded it this year, economists, environmentalists, social justice advocates, and policymakers are calling for the prioritization of a climate-focused federal stimulus — which could be the “difference between success and failure when...

Webinar Highlights: A Fireside Chat With U.S. Congressman Sean Casten

Although the current federal administration has deregulated and decreased many important environmental regulations over the past four years, this is not to say that important climate work isn’t occurring at the national level.  Congressman Sean Casten, a first term Representative from...

Markey Victory Boosts Climate Action on Beacon Hill

This week, Green New Deal co-author and longtime carbon pricing champion Senator Ed Markey fended off a challenge from Congressman Joe Kennedy III in what turned out to be a historic result to a contentious election that Markey was not...

Climate Change Takes the Stage at the Democratic National Convention

Last week, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris formally accepted the Democratic nominations for President and Vice President at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). The convention was unprecedented this year, not only because of its almost entirely virtual format, but also...