Taking the states’ lead

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico • Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Center for American Progress has a new report out today laying out how state action can offer an example for Congress and the administration to promote job growth while addressing climate change. It cites state and city-level investments into union-heavy sectors, including public transportation and energy efficiency, as well as jobs-centered provisions for state climate bills in Oregon, Maine, New York and Virginia.

“Clean energy investments, tax incentives, and performance standards are powerful tools for deploying solar, wind, and other forms of zero-carbon energy at the state level. These policy tools can also be effective means of ensuring companies respect workers’ right to unionize and promoting high-paying jobs,” the report says.

KEEPING BIOMASS SUSTAINABLE: The Energy Transitions Commission, a group of major industrial companies and clean energy advocates, released a report Tuesday predicting demand for biomass will likely exceed sustainable supply unless policies shift to only prioritize biomass in sectors where there are no other options. The report recommends rapidly scaling up alternative sources of clean energy and carbon capture technology and tempering biomass usage unless there are major changes in land use, consumption of agricultural goods and other technology. Over consumption of biomass can lead to environmental damage, such as deforestation and biodiversity loss, in order to meet demand, the report says.

“Biomass can make a really valuable contribution to the world’s decarbonization. But truly sustainable biomass is limited in volume; so its use must be restricted to priority sectors where alternative decarbonization options don’t exist,” Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26, said in a statement. Some of those sectors include materials manufacturing and aviation. Read the report here.