Carbon Pricing

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Cleaning Up New England’s Energy Market
by David Ismay

New England’s regional electric grid operator, ISO-New England (ISO-NE), recently revealed that it is exploring a potential shift in how our region’s energy markets work. Although made with little fanfare, the announcement of what ISO-NE is calling its “Integrating Markets and Public Policy” (IMAPP) initiative (which begins today with a members-only “solution ideas day” in…

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Explaining a Carbon Pollution Tax
by Sandy Levine

Vermonters are taking a close look at how to put a price on carbon pollution. Economists and policy makers of all stripes agree that pricing carbon is one of the most effective ways to cut emissions. President Obama called it an “elegant solution.”  Legislation drafted in Vermont would tax all fossil fuels, cut other taxes,…

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Weather Woes, Climate Innovation
by Sandy Levine

The region’s rollercoaster weather, with the warmest winter in recorded history, followed by frigid temperatures now, calls out for taking bold action to tackle climate change. Never-ending muddy roads and expanding potholes wreak havoc on our cars. More rain than snow makes for terrible skiing. The icy pavement and sidewalks have sent more than one…

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Vermont

Vermont doesn’t have a lock on stunning natural settings, but, really, does it get any better than what we have every day? From rugged Camel’s Hump to iconic Lake Champlain, our rural villages to our compact cities, Vermont is our home and it’s the place CLF has pledged to protect with all the passion and expertise that we have.

Focus Areas
Climate Change

Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. Its impacts will be felt around the world, and we here in New England will not be immune.

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Climate Talks, Climate Action
by Sandy Levine

The COP21 talks in Paris put climate change front and center. They confirmed that climate change is both the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity of our generation. Coastal cities in the United States lie at risk from storm surges and sea rise. But they have it easy. Full nations in the Pacific will end…

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Senator Whitehouse Reintroduces Carbon-Tax Bill
by Jerry Elmer

In December 2014, Rhode Island’s U. S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse introduced an excellent carbon-tax bill into the Senate, and I wrote a generally laudatory blog about the legislation. On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, Senator Whitehouse reintroduced a similar, but somewhat more refined, version of the bill, S-1548.  Here is a link to the text of…

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A Price on Carbon Pollution
by Sandy Levine

The recent storms and pervasive power outages provide a stark reminder of the challenges we face with global warming. The images of Governor Shumlin inspecting by helicopter the broad areas without power were reminiscent of Tropical Storm Irene, one of the most devastating climate disasters to hit Vermont. Utilities and road crews across the state…

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Federal Carbon Tax Bill Introduced Into Senate
by Jerry Elmer

Earlier this month, Rhode Island’s U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, who has made climate change his signature issue, introduced into the Senate the American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act (S-2940). The bill imposes a direct, simply-applied, economy-wide tax on carbon emissions. While the bill is not perfect, it is quite excellent (and has a number of very…