New York passes ambitious climate bill, aiming to meet Paris targets

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News New York lawmakers approved one of the most aggressive climate policies in the world early Thursday, requiring net zero emissions for all sectors of the state’s economy by mid-century. The Climate Leadership and Communities Protection Act requires New York to get all of its electricity from carbon-free energy sources by […]

Oregon Republican senator threatens state troopers, warns them to ‘come heavily armed’

by Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian/OregonLive Tensions were already smoldering in the Oregon Senate Wednesday, when Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, poured gasoline on the situation, suggesting he would shoot and potentially kill any state trooper sent to haul him unwillingly back to the Capitol. After Senate Republican Leader Herman Baertschiger Jr. said Tuesday that his caucus […]

California idea to study phasing out gas-powered cars wins new life

by Dustin Gardiner, SF Chronicle California is on the verge of spending $1.5 million to study what it would take to “significantly reduce” emissions from vehicles — including phasing out new gasoline-powered cars — after a San Francisco legislator used a budget maneuver to bring the idea back from the dead. For two years, Democratic […]

California lawmakers are turning cap-and-trade into the slush fund critics long feared

by The Times Editorial Board, LA Times For years, critics of California’s cap-and-trade program have lambasted it as a government slush fund. They say that politicians are able to dip into it to fund their pet projects or raid it to fill the shortfall of the moment — as long as they can assert a […]

Oregon’s largest multifamily solar project installed in Milwaukie

by Cassandra Profita, OPB On Friday, the owners of the Waverly Greens apartment complex in Milwaukie unveiled Oregon’s largest solar array to be installed on multifamily housing. The 400-kilowatt solar project is mounted on 13 different apartment buildings and will generate enough renewable electricity to power about 38 homes. However, their electricity will actually be […]

States point to the economic advantages of cleaning up their electric grids

by Justin Gillis, The NY Times The morning two years ago that Jared Polis announced his run for governor of Colorado, he went to a coffee roaster operating on solar power and promised more renewable energy for the state. Campaigning on that alongside education and health care reform, Mr. Polis, a Democrat, blew away his […]

British Columbia passes emissions law banning sale of gas-powered cars by 2040

by Nick Statt, The Verge British Columbia yesterday passed an emissions law aimed at curbing the production and sale of fuel-burning cars in the Canadian province, marking North America’s most aggressive legislation to date, according to the CBC. The law mandates that 10 percent of all vehicles sold by 2025 be zero emission ones, while […]

Polis signs Colorado climate action plan, other key energy bills

by Chase Woodruff, Westword For more than thirty years, even as scientists issued increasingly dire warnings about the urgent need to tackle climate change, Colorado, like many states, has not only failed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but those emissions continued to rise to ever more dangerous levels. A slate of climate and energy […]

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

United Nations says 80 countries may ramp up climate pledges

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times About 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord, the United Nations said Tuesday, signaling that some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Luis Alfonso de Alba, a Mexican diplomat who is currently the United […]

Lobbying against key US climate regulation ‘cost society $60bn’, study finds

by Josh Gabbatiss, Barbon Brief Environmental economists Dr Kyle Meng and Dr Ashwin Rode have produced what they believe is the first attempt to quantify the toll such anti-climate lobbying efforts take on society. The pair say their work reveals the power firms can have in curtailing government action on climate change, in the face […]