Understanding the New Massachusetts Climate Law

April 8, 2021 After a year-long legislative push, a sweeping update to Massachusetts climate policy is now law. In short, the new law sets higher statewide goals to cut emissions, while creating opportunities for the state to better prioritize environmental justice, nudge utilities towards renewable energy, and make it easier for consumers to be more energy efficient, among other things.  …

A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.

Some devastating impacts of global warming are now unavoidable, a major new scientific report finds. But there is still a short window to stop things from getting even worse. By Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain, Aug. 9, 2021 Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, …

71 percent of voters support federal rebates for purchase and installation of zero emission and energy efficient appliances. Zero-Emission Homes Act would do it.

From Laura at Rewiring America, July 2021: Only 15 percent of respondents said that they believed their homes produced “a lot” of carbon emissions. And even those who do realize how important it is to replace their fossil fuel-burning machines with electric vehicles, heat pumps, induction stoves, and other appliances may not be able to afford them — not without …

Quantifying national responsibility for climate breakdown: an equality-based attribution approach for carbon dioxide emissions in excess of the planetary boundary, based on equal per capita access to the atmospheric commons. The US is responsible for 40 percent of excess emissions as of 2015.

By Jason Hickel, The Lancet | VOLUME 4, ISSUE 9, E399-E404, SEPTEMBER 01, 2020 PDF [372 KB] jasonhickel@gmail.com DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30196-0PlumX Metrics Summary: This analysis proposes a novel method for quantifying national responsibility for damages related to climate change by looking at national contributions to cumulative CO2 emissions in excess of the planetary boundary of 350 ppm atmospheric CO2 concentration. This approach is rooted in the …

Biden’s Climate Pledge and EV plan: Details, drama and doubts

By David Iaconangelo | 08/06/2021 E&E News President Biden delivering remarks at the White House yesterday on the administration’s efforts to boost electric cars and trucks. Win McNamee/Getty Images President Biden presented his vision yesterday for putting electric vehicles at the heart of the U.S. car industry, but some policy experts said that the target would do little to transform the industry (hybrid …

Clean electricity standard carries $1.8T upside — study

Miranda Willson, E&E News, July 12, 2021 Health and climate benefits from an 80% clean energy standard would exceed costs. Pixabay/Pexels. Smallman12q/Wikipedia. ulleo/Pexels. A national clean electricity standard would save thousands of lives and yield other health and climate benefits that would outweigh the policy’s costs, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Establishing a standard to reach 80% carbon-free power by 2030 …

Oregon Governor Signs Clean Energy Bill Banning the Expansion or New Construction of Power Plants Burning Fossil Fuels, Supports Community-Based Energy Projects

By Associated Press | July 27, 2021 US News & World Report, by Sara Cline PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon‘s clean energy bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown on July 27, 2021 lays out a timetable for the state’s two major power companies — Portland General Electric and Pacific Power — to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity sold to Oregon …

Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

Gernot Wagner, Nature: 8 priorities for updating and calculating the social cost of carbon

19 February 2021, Nature, Eight priorities for calculating the social cost of carbon: Advice to the Biden administration as it seeks to account for mounting losses from storms, wildfires and other climate impacts. By Gernot Wagner , David Anthoff , Maureen Cropper , Simon Dietz , Kenneth T. Gillingham , Ben Groom , J. Paul Kelleher , Frances C. Moore & James H. Stock One of the first executive orders US President Joe Biden signed in …

The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny

Download As the impacts of the climate crisis become ever more apparent, people around the world, led by Indigenous Peoples, women, youth, and frontline communities, are demanding action. In response, Big Polluters and the governments that do their bidding have begun to tout commitments to achieve “net zero” emissions as solutions to the crisis they have caused. This report makes …