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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 […]

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 […]

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States standing strong on clean energy commitments amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Sam Kozel, Greentech Media Highlights States are accelerating clean energy policies in efforts to secure economic stability during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. A majority of states have also put in place moratoriums on service disconnections and power shutoffs as many people face unemployment and may not be able to pay bills. This also […]

COVID-19 will not slow the climate crisis. Only sound policy can.

From Science Daily Highlights Energy and climate policy researchers in Switzerland and Germany support policies allowing a clean energy transition guide the COVID-19 economic response. The researchers suggest investing in solutions that would advance Paris Agreement climate goals and dismantle systems that hurt global emissions goals Though there are fewer emissions due to shelter in […]

Environmental groups sue EPA over ‘reckless’ response to coronavirus

 By Yvette Cabrera, Grist Highlights The National Resources Defence Council (NRDC) is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of a dozen environmental groups. Environmental groups across the country petitioned the EPA to publish an emergency rule that requires polluters to submit a public notice that they are taking advantage of newly relaxed […]

Trump’s move to suspend enforcement of environmental laws is a lifeline to the oil industry

By Marianne Levelle, Inside Climate News Highlights The Trump administration suspended U.S. environmental laws due to calls for help from the American Petroleum Institute. The suspension of the rules will ultimately lead to more pollution, making more people in frontline communities susceptible to health risks, including COVID-19.  The Environmental Protection Agency announced a policy that […]

Trump rolls back Obama fuel economy rule, increasing emissions during a climate crisis

by Sean O’Kane, The Verge  Highlights President Trump has reversed an Obama-era policy that made new cars more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly, but faces lawsuits and pushback from various environmental groups and the State of California Under the new rule, automakers will now have to increase the average fuel economy of their new cars by […]

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – March 27, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 disruption, the legislature has gone into recess until April 13 at the earliest. While the legislature is on recess, The Climate Center continues to analyze the bills that were introduced in February, and is in the process of determining positions on many of them. Below are several, but not all, of […]

Climate Center and partners: New Utility Reform and Clean Energy Resilience bills

URGENT: Have your organization sign on here to support utility reform and clean community energy resilience. Individuals, please reach out to your state elected officials here. A key priority of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe CA effort is to advance the ability of local governments to create fossil fuel-free, safe, resilient and accessible local electricity systems. Technology advances — including rapidly-declining […]