In a well-researched and thorough story, Vox reporter David Roberts explains why Democrats should finally be hopeful that the numerous factions and “green groups” that make up the Democratic coalition are coming into alignment on climate change policy and that this growing sense of unity bodes well not only for the election but also for governing in the event that Democrats retake the White House.Continue Reading 312 words
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- cap and trade
- climate change
- greenhouse gas emission
- Roadless Rule
- Tongass National Forest
Federal Courts this week reversed two decisions by the Trump Administration, one in Alaska that would delay opening up 1.8 million acres of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska to logging and another in California that allows California’s program to reduce vehicle emissions in collaboration with the Canadian province of Quebec to continue.
Why This Matters: Both these decisions will help the U.S. to combat climate change.Continue Reading 505 words
After Republicans in Oregon’s legislature didn’t show up for work (for the second time) inorder to avoid a vote on limiting statewide carbon emissions, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown took matters into her own hands. She found a workaround–which would enable a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels […]Continue Reading 130 words
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In 2006, California passed a groundbreaking law that required statewide emissions to be reduced to 1990 levels by 2020 with the state’s cap-and-trade system being one of the primary policies implemented to achieve this target. Part of California’s cap-and-trade programs allows polluters to buy carbon offsets from California Air Resources Board (CARB)-approved forestry projects to […]Continue Reading 582 words
The Governor of Pennsylvania signed an Executive Order last week committing the state to implement a cap-and-trade program (known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative or RGGI) for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants joining 10 other states in the northeast.
Why This Matters: Pennsylvania is the first major fossil-fuel producing state to join. This regional cap-and-trade program has been a true success — from 2005-2015 the initiative had reduced power-sector carbon dioxide pollution by 45% as well as provided $2.31 billion in lifetime energy cost savings to more than 161,000 households and 6,000 businesses.Continue Reading 424 words
A vote on “cap and trade” climate change legislation in the Oregon Senate prompted a walkout by all the Republican Senators on Friday, and the Governor later sent state police to track down them down and bring them back — they are allegedly in hiding in Idaho. Tensions grew higher when Senate President Peter Courtney told The Associated Press (AP) that the Oregon state police “recommended that the Capitol be closed tomorrow [Saturday] due to a possible militia threat.”Continue Reading 503 words