Republican introduces bill calling for carbon tax

by David Morgan, Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Republican lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a bill on Monday calling for a carbon tax, saying he hoped the legislation would at the very least renew a U.S. debate on climate change that has languished for a decade. Representative Carlos Curbelo, a member of […]

5 things to watch as the Trump Administration weakens car rules

by Debra Kahn, ClimateWire With the Trump administration set to weaken Obama-era fuel economy standards for passenger cars and trucks, a chasm is opening between red and blue states. EPA is expected to propose a rule in the coming days to prevent the standards from rising past the 2020 levels established under former President Obama, […]

Rise of net zero energy homes could boost utility-led community solar

by Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive The newest partnership to come from the rise of distributed generation could be between utilities and new home developers. Customer demand for distributed energy resources (DER) has already created new partnerships for utilities with their customers and with DER providers. Policies to support state climate and clean energy goals […]

OR’s forest policy could dramatically impact climate goals

by Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian/OregonLive For as long as climate change legislation has been debated in Oregon, the forestry sector has been the ghost in the room. If policymakers bothered to discuss it at all, they assumed the sector was carbon neutral, with the greenhouse gas emissions from logging offset by replanting and forest growth […]

Harvard Law School’s Trump Administration regulatory rollback tracker

by Environmental Law at Harvard The HLS Environmental and Energy Law Program is tracking environmental regulatory rollbacks of the Trump Administration. This table links you to pages that describe what’s at stake, current status, including litigation and court decisions, and history of the rule development and deregulation efforts for each rule listed. The table also […]

Scientists urge Jerry Brown to halt oil, gas production

by Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News California must end oil and gas drilling in the state to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit climate impacts, a group of scientists will tell Gov. Jerry Brown (D) today. An alliance of 26 climate scientists plans to send a letter to Brown urging him […]

The environmental stakes of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination

by Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch When President Donald Trump announced Brett Kavanaugh as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday, he picked the potential justice with the most environmental law experience of his final four frontrunners, E&E reported. The announcement sent environmentalists and legal experts scouring through his more than 300 […]

Reshaping the Supreme Court: What 2 dissents on climate rules tell us

by John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News This story was updated July 10 to reflect President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. To see why environmentalists have been panicking about the new direction of the Supreme Court, just go back 11 years and read the two […]

Despite rising demand for EVs, bankers prefer to finance coal instead of lithium mines

by David Stringer and Mariko Ishikawa, Bloomberg After clinching a deal with a Chinese battery maker in 2016, James Brown figured bankers would be eager to fund his new lithium mine. Altura Mining Ltd. was racing to ship the raw material from Australia to the world’s biggest electric vehicle market as demand was surging. Instead, […]

Young Latina democratic socialist who defeated NYC Congressional incumbent has a climate plan that matches scientific consensus

by Zoë Schlanger, Quartz Media In a major upset on Tuesday night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina democratic socialist from the Bronx, beat out the longtime US representative Joe Crowley in the New York primaries. In the overwhelmingly Democratic district, she is practically certain to win a seat in Congress during the general election in […]