The Supreme Court and EPA Authority

On June 30, the Supreme Court announced its decision in West Virginia v. EPA, a case that concerned the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate greenhouse gases emissions from existing power plants. Given the ideologically conservative make-up of the Court following the addition of three […]

U.S. Midterm Election Outlook

On November 8, 2022, 34 Senators and all 435 members of the House of Representatives will be up for re-election, as will several governors and many state legislators. Historically, the party out of power has gained seats in midterm elections, a trend that favors the Republicans this year. In addition, President Biden’s approval rating is […]

Capitol Hill Update – June 2022

The probability of Congress passing significant climate legislation before the midterms has decreased considerably since late last year. At that time, a Democrat-only reconciliation bill that contained many of the proposals President Biden campaigned on already seemed unlikely, but some observers were cautiously optimistic that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could spur an otherwise gridlocked Congress […]

Benefits to the United States of Sustainable Protein Innovation

To prevent catastrophic climate change, the world needs to reach zero net emissions by midcentury. Achieving that goal will require rapid innovation and large-scale investments in every economic sector, including the massive global food and agriculture economy. Within that sector, the largest single factor determining climate success will be whether the world transitions to low […]

Long-Term Implications of an Energy Shock Scenario Analysis

What would be the consequences for climate action should the current energy crisis worsen, and prices rise even higher or remain elevated for an extended amount of time? Now that tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have led the United States to stop buying Russian energy supplies, the situation could […]

Congressional Appetite for Climate Action in 2022

The evolving foreign policy crisis in Ukraine and failure to pass the Build Back Better Act in 2021 has diverted attention away from domestic climate change priorities in 2022. What is still on the table? Recently, prospects have dimmed considerably for the Build Back Better Act, which would have implemented a significant portion of President Biden’s […]

Climate Implications of the Ukraine Crisis & Volatile Fuel Markets

With Russian troops entering and engaging in conflict within Ukraine the potential impacts this foreign policy crisis on climate change are becoming increasingly salient for those involved. The Biden administration is currently amidst a foreign policy crisis with large ramifications for energy and climate. The Ukraine-Russia conflict, which appears likely to escalate into a full-blown […]

US Climate Diplomacy Moves: Methane and Staff Updates

This post looks at recent developments that affect U.S. climate diplomacy, including progress on the Global Methane Pledge and staff changes in Special Envoy Kerry’s office. Methane and the MEF Since it was launched at COP26 in Glasgow, 111 countries have joined the Global Methane Pledge. Participants agreed to take voluntary actions to contribute to […]

Outlook on US Midterms & State Climate Action

Historically, voters have tended to blame the party in power for problems taking place in the country. As a result of this recurring trend, the President’s party has often lost ground in midterm elections, particularly in the President’s first term. For instance, this happened in 1994, when the Republican party secured unified control of Congress […]