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The New Face of Climate Denial

Dog whistle tactics, solutions skepticism, and the continued efforts to undermine climate action   BY MICHAEL GREEN AND MARIA VIRGINIA OLANO Denying climate change is becoming increasingly unacceptable as scientific consensus on the matter is largely no longer debatable (thankfully). However, what has...

New Jersey is finally back in RGGI, and that’s a good start

After an eight year hiatus, New Jersey is officially back in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). On June 17th, the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) adopted two rules prompting the state to rejoin the electric-sector cap-and-invest program. The...

July 16th Roundup: How Hot will the Bay State Get?

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - Carbon Pricing Receives Airing in Commonwealth Magazine: Last week the Commonwealth Magazine ran two opinion editorials on carbon pricing in Massachusetts. One authored by the Mass Fiscal Alliance, a shadowy dark money funded group known...

How to Have Your Carbon Fee Cake and Eat It Too

Our analysis of Massachusetts Representative Jennifer Benson’s H.2810, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions, shows that while it imposes substantial fees on carbon pollution, creating incentives to reduce emissions, it will still financially protect low and...

July 9th Roundup: Bernie Sanders & Carbon Pricing

[ Not a subscriber? Sign up here ] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - “MetroWest lawmakers team up to combat climate change, focus on large buildings” (Cesareo Contreras, MetroWest Daily News): “A bill filed by state Sen. Becca Rausch, D-Needham, and state Rep. Maria Robinson,...

Utah Carbon Pricing Ballot Initiative Makes Further Strides

Utah’s Clean the Darn Air campaign aims to put air quality and climate concerns on the ballot in 2020. Advocates hope to put a price on carbon pollution and use the revenues to improve notoriously poor air quality in the...

It’s Not Over Yet: Oregon Governor Will Push Forward Cap-and-Invest

Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) announced on Monday that she is prepared to use her executive order privileges to push forward the state’s contentious cap-and-invest plan.  The legislation, which would make Oregon just the second state in the nation to put...

July 2nd Roundup: Mass. Coastal Waters Rapidly Warming

[Not a subscriber? Sign up here] BEACON HILL HAPPENINGS - GreenWorks Moving Fast Through Legislative Process: Continuing to navigate the complex legislative process at breakneck speed, Speaker DeLeo’s GreenWorks bill was reported favorably out of committee last week. The legislation, which seeks to spend $1.3 billion...

Understanding New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act

New York state’s Climate and Community Protection Act (CCPA), heralded as “the most robust climate policy package” in the country by Senator Chuck Schumer, overcame its final hurdle of gaining support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Last week, Gov. Cuomo, who...