An Act relative to creating energy jobs in Massachusetts, H3473, has a hearing scheduled on 7/18/17 from 10:30 am – 1 pm. The bill, authored by Representative Solomon Goldstein-Rose, includes carbon pricing as a key pillar in its plan to reduce reliance on nonrenewable energy sources.
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Summary: The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL) seeks a highly motivated employee who will coordinate legislative outreach and track legislation around the country. This position will have an emphasis on energy policy, but will occasionally support other issue areas including water quality and chemical policy. NCEL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working with environmentally […]
A new poll demonstrates and an overwhelming majority (75%) of Massachusetts voters are willing to spend an extra $10/month on energy bills to reduce GHG emissions. The poll was conducted by WBUR and more information is available here.
A new study published in the journal Science links neonicotinoid usage with fewer queen bees as well as trouble surviving the winter for both honey bees and wild bee populations. There have been mixed lab-based studies on the impact of neonicotinoids, and this study sought to investigate real-world impacts across 33 field sites in Europe. […]
A new budget provision in New York will provide $50,000 to study incentives for climate-smart farming practices, including tax credits, grants, and other programs. Assemblywoman Didi Barrett originally introduced the proposal as a standalone Carbon Farming Act (A3281) but was able to incorporate it into the state budget where she can help implement the study […]
Over 550 Legislators Representing 45 States Commit to State Action on the Paris Climate Agreement and Oppose Trump’s Withdrawal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 21, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington State Senator Kevin Ranker, California State Senator Kevin de León, Massachusetts State Senator Michael Barrett, and over 550 state legislators from across the country issued a statement today committed to maintaining U.S. leadership on fighting climate change and adhering to the Paris Climate Agreement. […]
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed a new program to help agricultural producers inform consumers that they are farming in a way that benefits bees. From the press release: Funded by a grant from the USDA, the Xerces Society partnered with Oregon Tilth to develop and launch the Bee Better Certified program. The […]
Senator Bob Wieckowski has introduced a new cap-and-trade bill in California aiming to further the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emission levels by 40% by 2030 in comparison to 1990 levels. The cap-and-trade program outlined in SB 775 gradually raises the price that companies, private utilities, and other groups must pay to receive allowances […]
A new study has found that rolling back environmental regulations will have little effect on the coal industry. The research, from Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, analyzed 10 major Obama-era environmental regulations currently under scrutiny–only four of which are in effect–and found that these rules played a minor role in coal’s decline. According […]