Politics

Oregon cap-and-invest makes a comeback

On February 3rd, Senate Bill 1530 was introduced in the Oregon Senate, which establishes a cap-and-invest system that would make heat trapping gas polluters purchase allowances for each ton of carbon they emit. The bill is in line with Oregon...

Momentum for Cap-and-Invest Rising in Washington State

A cap-and-invest bill is currently on the move in Washington State. The bill (SB 5981), which will establish a declining cap on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, was heard last week by the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology committee.  Senator Reuven Carlyle...

Flying Blind: What impact do airline offsets actually have?

Traditionally one of the most difficult climate questions, airline industries began 2020 with big announcements on how they plan to account for their massive carbon footprint.  There are currently few viable alternatives to long-distance travel, and the technology to make plane...

Wisconsin considers the social cost of carbon

On January 21st, Wisconsin Democrats introduced Bill 766 in the Assembly, which requires utilities to assess the social cost of carbon when assessing new projects. While this is not a direct price on carbon that utilities have to pay, it...

Massachusetts Senate passes economy-wide carbon pricing, net zero emissions target

In a marathon late-night session, the Massachusetts State Senate passed legislation creating economy-wide carbon pricing, and requiring the state to reach net zero emissions by 2050. In doing so, the Senate doubled down on its commitment to the market-based policy...

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,...