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Washington State’s legislature ended the 2019 session by passing a strong suite of climate policies, sending Gov. Jay Inslee a number of bills that place the state in a true leadership position in clean energy. Successful policies of note include bills focused on 100 percent clean electricity (SB 5116), super pollutant mitigation (HB 1112), building decarbonization (HB1257), EV incentives (HB 2042), and energy efficiency (HB 1444). As in other states, the economic and jobs benefits of clean energy and climate action were key to the legislative wins in Washington. E2’s Clean Jobs Washington report and other data from E2 was cited by numerous advocates and media outlets — including the Seattle Times and Gov. Inslee on Twitter.

Moving south, Oregon continues to advance a cap and trade carbon pricing proposal and E2 continues to leverage our network of business leaders and economic data to cement support. The bill has recently taken a number of amendments that have largely strengthened the policy. Last week, in anticipation of the bill’s arrival to the Ways and Means committee, E2 took nine members and supporters to Salem to meet with 12 target lawmakers and their staff as well as the head of the Governor’s Carbon Policy Office. The delegation had productive conversations and shared the opportunity presented to rural Oregon by HB 2020 by highlighting two recent E2 opinion pieces, one in the Portland Business Journal and one in The Oregonian. With numerous E2 advocacy trips during the 2019 session and a support letter signed by over 80 Oregon business leaders, E2 has continued to bring the business voice to bear in Oregon.

We are excited to see this bill across the finish line and expect a floor vote in early June.

Climate Action in the Pacific Northwest was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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Colorado’s clean energy businesses have much to celebrate after the legislative session ended Friday with a slate of new bills awaiting Governor Jared Polis’ signature that will have economy-wide impacts on the state’s growing clean energy industries.

The Colorado State Capitol in Denver

On the emissions front, Colorado’s legislature passed four bills targeting reductions — starting with the already signed into law SB19–181 that repairs rules to minimize emissions of methane and other hydrocarbons from oil & gas operations. SB19–236 reauthorizes the Public Utilities Commission and directs the commission to evaluate the cost of carbon dioxide emissions in some proceedings. HB19–1261, the Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, sets a series of statewide targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. SB19–096 requires the Air Quality Control Commission to collect greenhouse gas emissions data and propose a draft rule to address the emissions by July 1, 2020.

There will also be four new laws to encourage the adoption of EVs.

  1. SB19–077 authorizes investor-owned utilities (Xcel Energy and Black Hills) to allow cost recovery for EV charging services — this was the third year the bill was introduced, finally passing!
  2. HB19–1159 extends the tax credit for purchasing a new EV to 2025.
  3. HB19–1298 protects EV charging stations from gas-powered vehicles using those parking spaces.
  4. HB19–1198 broadens the uses of the state electric vehicle grant fund and has already been signed into law.

Energy efficiency and renewable generation saw big wins as well, with HB19–1003 modernizing and expanding the current community Solar Garden law while HB19–1231 enacts new appliance energy and water efficiency standards and HB19–1260 updates building energy codes. HB19–1314 created a new Office of Just Transition tasked with creating a plan to help coal dependent communities create a more diversified, vibrant economy and provide coal workers access to job training opportunities.

Actions by E2 members and supporters made all this historical progress possible.

Since the session began in January, E2 members and supporters have authored op-eds and letters to the editors, signed action alert letters, provided testimony at committee hearings and contacted legislators with specific messages, oftentimes on very tight deadlines.

We have an incredible E2 chapter here in the Rockies — and it is only getting stronger with your help!

Susan Nedell, E2 Mountain West Advocate

Colorado Legislative Session Ends with Historic Wins Across Clean Energy Economy was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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E2 is a proud co-sponsor of the new Jobs With Impact Sustainability Leaders Podcast, created by E2 Northern California director David Rosenheim. The latest podcast is our co-founder Nicole Lederer.

Nicole co-founded Environmental Entrepreneurs on the premise that the economy and the environment are not divergent interests. E2 has proven time and again that sound environmental policy is beneficial to our economy. At its core, E2 is a network of about 1000 leaders in business and that tent has now broadened to include military leaders and farms. This growth is all part of Nicole’s vision. With a background in zoology and healthcare, Nicole’s true talent is in activating unlikely alliances and finding common ground across the political spectrum—something that is all too rare in the climate and environmental policy arena.

To listen on your favorite devices:

LISTEN: Interview with Nicole Lederer — Sustainability Leaders Podcast was originally published at www.jobswithimpact.com.

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E2 is a proud co-sponsor of the new Jobs With Impact Sustainability Leaders Podcast, created by E2 Northern California director David Rosenheim. The latest podcast is our co-founder Nicole Lederer.

Nicole co-founded Environmental Entrepreneurs on the premise that the economy and the environment are not divergent interests. E2 has proven time and again that sound environmental policy is beneficial to our economy. At its core, E2 is a network of about 1000 leaders in business and that tent has now broadened to include military leaders and farms. This growth is all part of Nicole’s vision. With a background in zoology and healthcare, Nicole’s true talent is in activating unlikely alliances and finding common ground across the political spectrum—something that is all too rare in the climate and environmental policy arena.

To listen on your favorite devices:

LISTEN: Interview with Nicole Lederer — Sustainability Leaders Podcast was originally published at www.jobswithimpact.com.

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In America, the far right lacks realism about severe consequences of human-caused climate change while the far left proposes unlimited spending as Climate Action. They’re both tragically unrealistic. For the rest of us, the 90% in the pragmatic middle who want tangible climate action now, what’s missing from the national dialog besides a sense of urgency to draw down 35 billion tons of excess carbon emissions compounding annually?

We can forge a new climate prosperity just as we forged new horizons in the west a century ago.

The missing ingredients are in reframing Climate Action as deterministically addressing the urgent crisis using good ol’ American ingenuity and market responsiveness. Once we’re past the painful realization that mother nature is already speaking loudly via climate force-amplified destruction, we want pragmatic and can-do climate action. To wit — here are the missing ingredients in our national climate dialog:

1. Largest Carbon Pools First

As human-caused climate effects escalate, we should draw down the largest carbon emissions pools first & faster. E.g. carbon-accelerating refrigerants, electricity production, and transportation are the largest carbon pollution sources in America today.

2. Massive Change Via Buying Cycles

The fastest and most affordable drops in carbon footprint come during buying cycles, when we naturally replace things. To bend the carbon pollution curve soonest, we need carbon drawdown innovation when we buy things like light bulbs every 5 years, cars every 7 years, and replace/rebuild homes every 30 years on average, etc. Can we get to carbon drawdown on every good and service within two buying cycles? I think so… with unequivocal market signals.

3. Pragmatic Market Signals From Government Policies

Via clear government-driven market signals (not wholesale nationalization), we need to unleash urgency to remake our economy for carbon drawdown in all goods and services starting with the biggest carbon emissions pools first.

4. Inclusive Climate Action Raises Economic & Security Boats Too

We need national (and local) policy to drive carbon drawdown signals in a way that incents inclusive job creation, economic growth and redesign, and renewable energy national security.

With the above framework, our market-oriented policymakers should fashion a “Green-To-Great Deal” agenda by signaling carbon drawdown imperatives prioritized by largest carbon emissions pools first. We’d thereby deploy a deterministic and potent climate policy that’s market-led, achievable, and benefits citizens by growing Carbon Freedom Jobs while simultaneously being great for the economy, national security, and our life support systems too. Policy ideas to this end abound but they need this kind of ‘middle 90%’ agenda and urgency to drive them.

So far we have one hand clapping in the green new deal national dialog. We need an appealing opportunity-oriented Green-To-Great Deal agenda alternative for our better future. It’s time to rapidly move past science denials to engineer a Green-To-Great Deal with the above framing. Government-led, and market-driven climate action is not only required, but likely the best way to achieve a kind of future Climate Prosperity in a renewed “carbon draw down” economy. Now is the time.

What’s Missing From America’s Climate Action Conversation? was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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An Actionable Path To Climate Prosperity And Growth

The Green New Deal (GND) is correct in its objective and urgency to confront human-caused Climate Change, but there’s a better way than its centralized, throw-in-the-kitchen sink, unlimited debt approach as noted by the New York Times amongst others. In contrast, the Green-To-Great Deal (G2GD)applies strategic prioritization and high bang-for-our-buck policies to unleash targeted, innovative, and entrepreneurial private-sector capacity to solve the very real climate crisis. The end game is remaking every good and service to draw down carbon in the atmosphere.

The Green-To-Great Deal (G2GD) will create a resurgent American economic path to a net zero-carbon society in two buying cycles and constitutes a genuine conservative/independent alternative. The name “Green-To-Great Deal” denotes potent climate policy that’s market-led & achievable with great benefits for citizens including growing Carbon Freedom Jobs while simultaneously being great for the economy, national security, and our life support systems too. Unlike the impossibly broad “new deal” panacea, these additional G2GD benefits will truly accrue from smart climate policy. The common aim of ending Carbon-related pollution will be achieved urgently with high return-on-investment economic signals from government that contrast with unrealistic “New” deal shortcomings.

The goal of broadly remaking our economy to a zero-carbon basis in a decade or two is an aggressive, but necessary, shared goal. With a Green-To-Great Deal, pragmatic conservatives and independents can lead with urgent, compelling ideas to transform our economy and end the human-caused climate change “emergency”. Over 80% of Americans support such a direction as they increasingly understand we must prevent further climate calamity that will cost trillions of dollars and millions of lives this century and beyond. The time has passed for incremental, unrealistic, or slow-rolled action. This article sketches the pragmatic Green-To-Great Deal principles, action plan, and example policies that can solve the increasingly urgent climate crisis.

Principles

Green-To-Great Deal (G2GD) principles guide policy and share much with the first three of fourteen pages of the Green New Deal because the goals are similar. The G2GD’s advantages are with goal-oriented Principles 3 & 4 and the pragmatic Action Plan to policy that follows.

Principle 1- It’s Us And Mobilizaiton Will Be Huge

Human-caused climate change presents real, urgent, long-term, and enormous losses to our economy, jobs, homes, national security, health, migration, and life support system for centuries to come. Systemic mobilization to draw down carbon emissions is an urgent and large scale endeavor that will require scalable, cost-effective action maximizing market forces on the order of a World War II mobilization. With climate change to date, major climate adaptation will also be required for existing water, sewage, power, transport, and telecoms infrastructure. We better get started assessing and funding these efforts too.

Principle 2- Cheaper To Fix Now, Not Later

The cost to prevent the worst of carbon-driven climate change is far lower than cleaning up later. The effort required to become carbon neutral (from 35 billion tons “excess” worldwide carbon emissions beyond a natural balance annually) is substantial but pales by an order of 1,000 to 100,000 times the cost in lives and money if we don’t act immediately.

Principle 3- Free Markets Will Scale Solutions Faster & Cheaper

Reinvention and creative differentiation around carbon drawdown must become key competitive advantages that drive jobs, growth, and scale in the economy. By re-including the real cost of carbon emissions and redirecting innovation criteria, we must unleash free markets to creativity and systemically draw down carbon affordably in every product and service. Government spending is incapable of the speed and scale of change required. That said, government policies do drive carbon drawdown by clear signals to re-orient markets, encourage innovation and jobs, shift buying behavior, establish new markets for carbon-free energy and products, and re-include huge “externality” costs of carbon emissions to accurately reflect real costs in open markets. This principle contrasts with alternatives that propose unrealistic, massive, centralized spending.

Principle 4- Best Bang-for-the-buck Comes During Buying Cycles

Economic replacement works on buying cycles — for example we buy light bulbs every 5 years or so, cars every 7 years or so, and replace/rebuild homes every 30 years or so on average. With clear market signals, we can incent buyers and their entrepreneur suppliers to redesign & replace elements of our economy to be better, cheaper, and zero carbon alternatives within two buying cycles. Why two buying cycles? One is too fast; two allows time to innovate, switch, and help everyone participate; three would take too long.

Action Plan

Having laid out Green-To-Great Deal (G2GD) principles, we need a goal-oriented approach for prioritizing key policies and legislation for this renewal. The pragmatic Green-To-Great Deal values market-enabling policies for American competitiveness in new carbon drawdown products and services, broad private sector opportunities and scale, jobs everywhere and enterprise growth, inclusion for all, and national security in the form of cheaper & self-sufficient energy supplies. The systematic approach to action planning is the opposite of a grab-bag; it will accelerate results and sequence the highest bang-for-the-buck policies first:

First — Identify Largest Carbon Pollution “Pools”

Credible science increasingly reveals both the impacts of climate change we need to start remediating now and prioritizes the largest “pools” of carbon emissions to target for reductions first. For example carbon-accelerating refrigerants, electricity production, and transportation are the largest carbon pollution sources in America today. We can similarly map the largest potential natural carbon ‘sequestration pools’ to increase in areas like agriculture and forest practices as well.

Second — Identify Top Carbon Drawdown Options For Each Pool

Excellent work has started at Project Drawdown, for example, to identify the most cost effective technologies, practices, and solutions for drawing down atmospheric carbon in each major carbon pool. Policy formulation must start with the largest carbon emissions pools and work downward toward zero or even negative carbon emissions.

Third — Send Two-Buying Cycle Market Signals Toward Carbon Drawdown

Each large carbon emissions pool will be targeted for replacement with better products within two buying cycles (e.g. 2 X 7 years for zero emission vehicles). Working from largest carbon pools and most cost-effective carbon drawdown strategies, national policies can set big goals, market directions, and economic advantages toward rapid carbon drawdown with attendant gains in economic growth and jobs as the private sector responds.

Fourth- Re-purpose Government’s Purchase Power To Climate Adaptation

Sometimes the private sector isn’t the dominant change agent. Government behavior can set the example on climate prosperity and action, for example, wherever a levee must be raised for sea level rise, department of defense strategy for military supply chain needs safer/cleaner energy than vulnerable gas truck convoys, or 3 million employee’s worth of purchases can be directed to zero carbon products. Goverment spending thereby leads by example.

For example California set a big picture goal of zero carbon by 2045, market accelerator legislation with “community choice aggregation” demand for cheaper renewable energy sources, and tax advantages for low income purchase of electric vehicles… each of which incents rapid private sector growth toward carbon drawdown. And much more. The 580,000+ clean economy sector jobs in California are testament to a good start.

Example Policies

Having laid out principles and an action plan for the Green-To-Great Deal (G2GD), example policies illustrate an initial policy agenda. They send unequivocal market signals via policies that advantage a sustainable environment while also accelerating and broadening economic well-being and security… with a sense of urgency and proportionality. They also target the largest carbon pollution “pools” first. The Green-To-Great Deal is the agenda for passing legislation like:

  • A Carbon Dividend including a real cost of carbon growing rapidly to $100–500+ / ton of carbon emitted with dividends going to renewable economy inclusion programs, carbon reduction incentives, and a consumer dividend to be used for decarbonization spending (progressivly applied to protect lower incomes). Similar ideas have been proposed.
  • Clean Power standards that grow clean power generation markets toward carbon neutral electricity by 2040, regional renewable energy market enablement, and community choice aggregation laws in all states to accelerate carbon drawdown electricity generation.
  • Petroleum/Coal Industry Reinvention to revamp existing long-term oil subsidies into a carbon drawdown management industry incenting carbon sequestration and dis-incenting methane and use of oil/coal reserves. Oil and coal companies will have a new purpose: carbon reduction as a pathway to profits.
  • Car/Truck Industry Transformation to make zero-emissions vehicle and infrastructure profits tax-free for a decade to incent the build out (and quiet, fun, cheaper vehicles).
  • Climate Remediation Cost recovery fees on gasoline vehicles to be applied to infrastructure needed for future flooding, extreme weather, planned migrations, etc. This program will include incentives for low income citizens to switch to low/zero emission used or new vehicles.
  • Agriculture Regeneration transparency creates standards for disclosing carbon footprint of meat and other food products that emit carbon.
  • Carbon Sequestration Markets certify and foster carbon drawdown dividends for certified farming practices and forest carbon drawdown management. This builds upon recent Farm Bill provisions.
  • Refrigerant & Methane Elimination timelines signal to industry that harmful carbon accelerantsmust be replaced (or captured in the case of methane emissions during oil extraction) in short order.
  • Expand research programs (like ARPA-E) toward model industry and home renewable microgrids, secure and decentralized power grids, battery innovation, and industry enablement of zero carbon energy & efficiency programs.
  • Carbon Freedom Job training credits for individuals and organizations providing skills conversion services from Petroleum/Coal-related jobs to carbon reduction jobs. Also publish regular clean economy job creation data by congressional district.
  • US Government Carbon Drawdown & National Security Smart Spending Plan requires that all defense and civilian purchases contribute to carbon drawdown, reduced costs with local renewable energy sourcing, and reduced dependency on foreign non-renewable energy sources.
  • State/Local Governments requirement to quantify climate adaptation impacts and needs to be reported to local representatives for action planning.
  • Carbon Drawdown Education programs to engage children in scientifically exploring, inventing, and imagining a better, prosperous future with a zero carbon economy.

Next Steps

Please share, post, and send this article to your representatives, friends, and influencers to broaden the debate about our Climate action agenda especially with pragmatic conservatives, moderates and independents.

Our country and world need a robust, genuine debate about the merits of immediately feasible, implementable policy solutions whether “liberal” Green New Deal, a “conservative” & realistic alternative described here, or other creative solutions to pervasively & quickly draw down carbon in the atmosphere.

For us common people, this Green-To-Great Deal choice has the larger potential to become a new social compact (the give/get of our society) recognizing that a zero-carbon economy is necessary to prevent huge future costs and that markets can be signaled by enlightened government direction to innovate (products, ventures, and jobs) to eliminate carbon pollution quickly. The result would be an affordable resurgence of Carbon Freedom energy and competitiveness across sectors with more of us included in the upswing of jobs improving our goods and services along with increased health, security, and the improved lifestyles of a carbon-rebalanced world.

Just as America’s economy accelerated when we moved from firewood and whale oil to petroleum a century ago, so we now have greater scientific insight about how to competitively grow globally as a byproduct of moving beyond carbon emissions to carbon drawdown this century. The way forward might be similar to the aspirational, deterministic American Space Race of the 1960’s to put a person on the moon. We can increase great Carbon Freedom Jobs, economic growth and inclusion across America, national security, and better lifestyles while solving Climate Change.

The current miasma of glib proposals to the left and naïve deniers to the right, both dominating this crucial Climate action debate, isn’t serving our future. Now is the time for pragmatic conservatives and independents to bring wide-ranging, genuine, and urgent policies into a prescriptive and genuine Green-To-Great Deal that serves as an opportunity-oriented agenda for our better future.

Introducing The Green-To-Great Deal was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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E2’s Clean Jobs America Report 2019

Nearly 3.3 million Americans now work in clean energy in every state in the country, according to E2’s just-released 2019 Clean Jobs America report.

That’s more people than work as school teachers or as waiters and waitresses — and it’s nearly three times the number of Americans that work in fossil fuels.

Led by big gains in energy efficiency, clean vehicles and clean energy storage, overall clean energy jobs grew by a healthy 3.6 percent last year, outpacing most other occupations, according to E2’s analysis.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Trump administration’s anti-clean energy policies — solar panel tariffs, planned rollbacks of vehicle mileage and emissions standards, delays of energy efficiency standards — are already impacting some sectors of the clean energy economy, and are casting foreboding shadows over others.

According to the E2 analysis, solar industry jobs fell for the second year in a row last year, declining about 4 percent to about 335,000 jobs when positions that spend any time working on solar are included. The solar industry attributes the industry’s job losses to the impacts of the Trump administration’s ongoing tariffs on solar panels.

Fortunately, strong gains in other clean energy sectors helped offset the losses in solar.

About 76,000 jobs were added in energy efficiency at companies that make our buildings and heating and air conditioning systems more efficient; produce and install high-efficiency LED lighting and manufacture Energy Star appliances and equipment. Energy efficiency continues to be the biggest part of the clean energy economy, employing more than 2.3 million Americans.

Wind energy added 4,200 new jobs in 2018 as states and utilities across the country continue to realize that wind energy is now the cheapest form of electricity in most markets. Today about 111,000 Americans work in wind energy.

But the big news was in clean vehicles and clean energy storage.

Driven by growing consumer demand, the number of jobs in clean vehicles manufacturing increased by almost 16 percent last year. About 254,000 American now work at companies building hybrid, electric and other clean vehicles, while another 486,000 work in companies that manufacture parts that make our cars and trucks more efficient.

Jobs in energy storage grew by 14 percent to 75,000 jobs, as utilities, business and consumers deployed more batteries in electric vehicles and with solar and wind installations. No place experienced the boost in batteries more than Nevada, where Tesla’s Gigafactory battery plant helped drive a 32 percent increase in overall clean energy jobs in that state.

Smart state policies were behind much of the growth in clean energy last year.

Many of the Top 10 states for clean energy jobs — including California, New York, Michigan, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia — have recently passed major climate and clean energy policies. They’ve done so because they know such policies will create local jobs, attract new investments and drive economic growth, all while helping our environment and combatting climate change.

Regrettably, the Trump administration and its allies continue to ignore or dismiss the benefits of clean energy while keeping America shackled to oil, gas and coal. (Coal jobs, incidentally, .)

Solar panel tariffs are just the start.

Under Trump administration’s Department of Energy continues to delay energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment and other goods, hurting companies and consumers — and threatening future job growth in energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, the White House continues to plan to rollback commonsense automobile mileage and emissions standards, even though doing so will impact tens of thousands of jobs making more efficient vehicles (not to mention the pocketbooks of consumers and businesses with every fill-up) and even though carmakers don’t want these rollbacks.

Hopefully, members of Congress will get wise and stop the Trump administration’s clean energy job-killing policies. As the E2 analysis shows, every state, county and congressional district is now home to a growing number of clean energy jobs. Ignoring the impacts of the administration’s attacks on climate and clean energy policies means ignoring those jobs and workers back home.

E2’s Clean Jobs America analysis and report is based on the recently released U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) that is produced by the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Future Initiative. E2 is a sponsor of the USEER report, which tracks all energy jobs, clean and dirty.

Clean Energy Jobs Continue to Grow — but so do Threats from Trump Administration was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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Last week, Oregon got one step closer to becoming the second state (alongside California) to institute an economy-wide Cap-and-Trade carbon pricing program.

After years of debate and more than six months packed with special joint committee hearings and Governor-convened working group discussions, H.B. 2020 — also known as the Clean Energy Jobs bill — was introduced last Thursday, in the waning hours of January.

While current bill language is not perfect and much work remains to get a strong bill across the finish line, the bill provides a solid starting point to begin the legislative process:

  • The proposal would establish new statewide greenhouse gas emission reduction goals — not only a long-term target of 80% below 1990 emission levels by 2050, but an interim target of 45% below 1990 emission levels by 2035, which is critical to driving emission reductions as soon as possible.
  • The proposal would place an overall limit (“cap”) across regulated sectors, with the cap declining by a constant amount each year to stay on track to achieve its greenhouse gas reduction goals.
  • While there are some exemptions and exclusions, the program is economy-wide and covers emissions from utilities, industrial companies, and transportation fuel providers.
  • Through smart market-based program design — including regular trading of allowances and the option to buy offsets to meet compliance obligations — the proposal would help ensure least-cost emission reductions.
  • The proposal would authorize the use of allowance proceeds for programs to provide assistance to households, businesses, and workers impacted by the state’s transition away from a fossil fuel-powered economy.
  • The proposal would ensure the right long-term market signals are in place to drive private investment and job growth in the state’s clean energy economy, while also creating new market structures, revenue streams, and avenues for investment of program revenue to support climate-friendly projects and practices in Oregon’s forests, farms, and ranches.

E2 has been in Oregon working on this issue for many years — in just the past 16 months in Salem, E2 has hosted two legislative briefings and organized three separate advocacy days with large business delegations calling for passage of a Cap-and-Invest program for Oregon. That’s in addition to our efforts elsewhere, including the development of district level clean energy economy data, business community support letters, and placing supportive Opinion pieces in newspapers across the state.

While there is a long road ahead, we’re confident this is the year for a carbon pricing program in Oregon. Governor Kate Brown was re-elected in November on a pro-climate action platform. Leadership of the Legislature’s supermajority have expressed and demonstrated their commitment to passing a bill this session. And E2 is dedicated to bringing the business voice to bear to ensure lawmakers understand the economic benefits of a strong and ambitious Cap-and-Invest program. In fact, E2 has its biggest Oregon lobby day yet set for later this month, with plans for a delegation of more than 20 business leaders and meetings with nearly 50 legislative offices on February 20.

Passage of Cap-and-Invest would catapult Oregon into the ranks of national and global leaders on climate action and cement the state’s status as a great place for clean energy investments. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, such decisive action on climate in Oregon might inspire other states to do the same. If you’re interested in adding your business voice to this effort, please contact me at zamittay@e2.org.

One Step Closer to Climate History in Oregon was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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The first month of 2019 is at a close, and with legislatures across the country just beginning their sessions and Congress finally getting back to work after a 35-day shutdown, it may seem like the New Year is off to a slow start in climate action.

But rest assured, this is just the calm before a storm of action around climate issues that E2 will be on the ground fighting for (and against) in the coming weeks and months.

At the state level, several legislatures are gearing up for major policies to dramatically advance their clean economy.

  • In Oregon, a long-awaited Cap-and-Invest bill is expected to be announced in the coming days.
  • In Illinois, a bill that would put the state on a path to 100% renewable energy is expected in the coming weeks.
  • In Washington, a bill (HB110) to create a clean fuel standard advanced to the House Transportation Committee.

On the federal level, the climate debate could receive national attention at a level we’ve never seen with a new Democratic House and a slew of rollbacks advancing in the Trump administration.

  • Regardless of its still hazy details, the Green New Deal will become a national topic as 2020 presidential candidates emerge and House Democrats begin to set hearings and introduce new bills on energy and climate.
  • Trump’s revised 2019–2024 offshore drilling plan is expected to radically expand offshore drilling to new areas in the Pacific, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Artic.
  • Acting EPA chief Andrew Wheeler’s confirmation vote is expected next week, raising the issue of his agency’s recent environmental rollbacks.

In addition to this, four governors from states where E2 works signed significant executive orders this month:

E2 will continue to be active on all these issues in 2019. Please contact your state and regional E2 advocates or E2 advocacy director Grant Carlisle to get involved. This year 2019 looks to be a critical year for climate action and E2 will need your support to ensure we make the most of it.

The Calm Before Climate Action was originally published in e2org on Medium.

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E2 is a proud co-sponsor of the new Jobs With Impact Sustainability Leaders Podcast, created by E2 Northern California director David Rosenheim. The latest podcast is with Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board and one of the world’s leading voices on climate and clean energy policies. The podcast was recorded in front of a live audience of E2 members, supporters and others at the Santa Monica office of NRDC.

The conversation centers around Mary’s background, from her roots in Ithaca New York, to her time as the first female reporter for the WSJ, to her post overseeing the air and radiation section of US EPA under Clinton, to one of her current roles as negotiator-in-chief with the Trump Administration, as they seek to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement and roll back California’s right under the Clean Air Act to regulate vehicle emissions.

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LISTEN: Interview with Mary Nichols — Sustainability Leaders Podcast was originally published at www.jobswithimpact.com.

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