Politics

Where 2020 Democrats Stand on Carbon Pricing [Updated for the 3rd Debate]

Note: This article was originally published on June 26th, 2019 ahead of the first set of 2020 Democratic primary debates on June 26th and 27th. It was updated on July 29th ahead of the second round of debates on July...

The Busy Advocate’s Guide to CNN’s Climate Town Hall: Our Top 6 Takeaways

On Wednesday (Sept. 4th) ten 2020 Democratic candidates took to the stage for a first-of its-kind, seven hour ‘climate crisis town hall’ moderated by CNN. As Vox puts it: “It was also the most substantive discussion of climate change policies...

Sept. 4th Roundup: The Inside Scoop On Beacon Hill’s Fall Climate Priorities

BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS -  The Inside Scoop: What's Gonna Pass In 2019: Back from August recess, state lawmakers are refocusing their efforts on multiple legislative priorities including a number of clean energy and climate change proposals. Interestingly, the timeline for some...

Denver Carbon Price Tabled in Favor of Resiliency Office

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously popularized the term “laboratories of democracy” to describe states’ unique ability to implement new laws and put new ideas to the test. In recent years, however, cities have taken up this mantle of innovation,...

Wisconsin Aims to Fully Decarbonize Electricity by 2050

On August 16th, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) signed an executive order calling for the state’s energy usage to be 100% carbon free by 2050, making Wisconsin the first state in the Midwest with a 100% clean electricity commitment. It...

Berkeley’s Natural Gas Ban Amplifies Carbon Pricing Benefits

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that significantly contributes to the causes of the climate crisis. It is primarily composed of methane, a gas that’s up to 105 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere....

Carbon Offsets are Dominating Headlines – Here’s what you need to know

As the global response to the climate crisis ramps up, carbon offsets have arisen as a central issue in policy decision-making at all levels. Offsets allow polluting entities to compensate for their carbon emissions by funding an equivalent amount of...

It’s raining carbon pricing bills on Capitol Hill: a comparative look

Since the 116th Congress began in January, seven carbon pricing bills have been introduced at the federal level, four of them in the last month. Some of these bills will do a better job at effectively and equitably reducing emissions...

Four winners and two losers from the 2019 US carbon pricing movement

It was a roller coaster year for the carbon pricing movement in the United States. A record-number of states (16!) introduced carbon pricing legislation, including first-timers like Maine and Montana. However, legislative milestones that were largely expected to be achieved,...