Nancy Pelosi signed a coronavirus emergency response bill in March 2020.

House Democrats’ climate plan is ambitious, but is it enough?

On Tuesday House Democrats unveiled a package of more than 120 pieces of legislation that seek to drive a transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the plan ties climate action to racial justice. Some pundits are saying that the plan shows just how far progressives have pushed the climate conversation. The plan is very similar to the Green New Deal, but lacks a ban on fracking and other rapid fossil fuel phase-out measures that will be required to avoid already looming climate catastrophe.

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Cap-and-trade is failing to provide adequate funding to California farmers

by Nicole Pollock, Inside Climate News Highlights Due to a decrease in revenue from California’s cap and trade program, many agriculture-based climate programs may receive funding cuts or no funding at all The cap and trade program typically makes $600 million and $800 million from major polluters in the state through allowance auctions, but due […]

California is re-evaluating cap and trade

by Rachel Becker, CalMatters Highlights California has relied on its carbon cap and trade program to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state. Many believe this policy is not strong enough to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels and now the state must decide if it will reform the program. California was […]

Democrats to demand 100% emissions-free vehicles by 2035

by Ari Natter, World Oil Highlights The Select Committee on the Climate Crisis convened by Pelosi and chaired by Representative Kathy Castor of Florida, released a 500-page plan that seeks to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, calls for achieving 100% clean vehicles by 2035, and demands an extension of a tax credit that’s successfully boosted […]

Supreme Court decision bodes well for climate

by John Schwartz, The New York Times Highlights A new ruling in the Supreme Court on a major piece of LGBTQ+ civil rights legislation may pave the way for environmentalists to use the Clean Air Act as a means to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions Supreme Court case, Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, resulted in protections […]

Proposed California law would fast-track environmentally sustainable transit

by Carolyn Said, The San Francisco Chronicle  Highlights Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will unveil SB288, the Sustainable Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Act, which would streamline alternative transportation infrastructure projects The proposed bill would fast track sustainable transportation projects that would typically take months or years for approval due to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) […]

DNC climate group calls for larger federal investment on climate than Biden’s current plan

by Rachel Frazin, The Hill Highlights The Democratic National Committee Climate Council released a set of policy recommendations for a greater investment than Joe Biden’s climate plan Joe Biden’s climate plan would spend $1.7 trillion over the next decade to address climate change, whereas the Climate Council plan endorses spending $10-16 trillion over the same period […]

Democrats united behind a climate policy plan, but the timeline is based on old science

by David Roberts, Vox Highlights Broad alignment amongst the Democratic party on climate policy may help the left unite and fight the climate crisis  Working on policy platform with the input of people from different backgrounds, identities, and environmental experiences helped built trust The long list of Democratic presidential hopefuls had a much more expanded […]

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Europe’s recovery plan has green strings attached

by Ewa Krukowska and Laura Millan Lombrana Highlights The European Commission unveiled a 750 billion euro economic recovery plan that incorporates climate-neutrality goals that aim to accelerate clean transportation, energy savings, and renewable energy production In order to access these funds, EU members must prove their investments are aligned with the Green Deal, Europe’s 2050 climate […]

How should California wind down its fossil fuel industry?

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media Highlights Though California is a leader in clean energy within the US, it remains the seventh-largest oil-producing state and needs to take action to eliminate the fossil fuel industry. California leads the nation in solar rooftops and electric vehicles and also ranks fifth in installed wind capacity For full fossil […]