Blog & Publications

The Climate Cabinet Scorecard - full Report

The first national scorecard to hold state legislators accountable for their votes on important climate and environmental justice legislation.

There is no off season

Elections happen all the time, not just in the typical midterm and presidential seasons. That’s why Climate Cabinet is preparing now to support local climate champions up for election in 2023 in key states like Virginia. And these candidates need your help!

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: Climate & Democracy At risk

Attacks on our democracy have been reported on extensively. What may be news, however, is that these same anti-democratic tactics are also being used to handcuff climate policy.

Municipal utilities and local elections: Internship takeaways

Summer intern Bradley Snyder reflects on his summer research - in which he dove deep into energy governance and local elections.

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: Implementation, anyone? 

We don't know about you, but we feel wind in our sails and renewed momentum headed into the Fall. With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, it is becoming clearer by the minute that there are transformative changes on the horizon...

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: Climate candidates Everywhere

The countdown is on... only 75 days until Election Day! (Although to be honest, elections are year-round for the Climate Cabinet team). We’ve been busy building support for gamechanging candidates who will use the powers of their offices to create clean energy jobs and ensure clean air...

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: It's Showtime

It was a big weekend. This Sunday, the Senate passed the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest clean energy bill ever to reach the floor of the chamber. We are not counting this done until it is on the President's desk and signed, but expectation is that the House will take it up as soon as Friday for a vote.

Press Release: Arizona Climate slate primary results

Candidates focused on reducing energy costs in Arizona win respective primaries.

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: Fighting for Democracy

It has been a tough few weeks, we know. Since the Supreme Court dramatically curtailed the EPA's ability to regulate power sector emissions last week, we have been reflecting on the need for climate action — today, at scale, in every community.

Press Release: STATEMENT ON FEDERAL clean energy impasse

We're sad and angry, but not out of hope. No single bill could stop the climate crisis, and there is a path forward: the states.

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: Political Donations or Carbon offsets?

Everyday, we work hard to identify the highest "ROI" elections for climate action. We comb through climate and political datasets to model where our involvement in a race can have the highest impact, and check our work with trusted local partners...

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: Headwinds from Polluting Industries

A big roadblock to climate action is the mismatch between what Americans want and how their lawmakers vote. If politicians aren’t taking their cues from voters, who are they listening to?

Corruption Watch in Georgia 

Frightened Incumbents Pull Out All the Stops To Bar Clean Energy and Consumer Advocate Patty Durand from the Georgia PSC Race

Climate Slate candidates are showing up for LGBTQ+ rights

Our Climate Slate candidates are fantastic champions for climate action and environmental justice. But that’s not all. 

$2.8M+ of dark money flows into South Texas Race

Climate Slate candidate met with deluge of sketchy money

Climate Cabinet Newsletter: It's primary season

State and local candidates are often strapped for the early-cycle resources they need to build a robust campaign and run a competitive race. In order to elect the strongest climate champions possible, we need to support them early - and build groundwork for the long-term.

Press Release: CLIMATE CABINET ENDORSED CANDIDATES ADVANCE TO GENERAL ELECTION 

Candidates Focused on Reducing Energy Costs Win Respective North Carolina Primary Elections 

Climate and Democracy

Here are a few examples of the intersections between climate action and democracy in some of our priority states. 

Arizona Commissioners Say "No" to New Gas-Fired Power Plant

Yet again, elections matter for climate and justice. On Tuesday, Arizona Climate Slate champ voted down expanding a fossil gas plant.

Climate Slate Victory in Missouri!

Last night, voters in Columbia, Missouri elected two Climate Slate champions!

Shenanigans in Georgia

Climate Slate candidate Patty Durand has had to deal with some last minute shenanigans from the state legislature to derail her campaign.

Climate Slate Update

Did you see? This week, we added more climate and environmental justice champions to the Climate Slate. 

Virginia’s 2022 Legislative Session Wrap Up

This session marked the first under the new Glenn Youngkin administration, combined with new Republican control over the House of Delegates.

How Public Power Advocates Helped Win a Major Victory in Rural America

Hard work by environmentalists has helped turn low-turnout utility board elections into a vehicle for change in Nebraska

Texas Primary recap

The unofficial results from the March 1 Texas Primary are in, and we are incredibly proud of our Climate Slate and endorsed candidates! Read the highlights. 

Identifying key districts after redistricting: North Carolina spotlight

With over 6,000 state legislative seats up for election this November, we must determine which of these races to prioritize for the greatest climate impact. 

What can states do on climate?

Here's a primer on the many different ways states can step up as climate leaders.

Press release: Press Release: CLIMATE CABINET LAUNCHES 2022 CLIMATE SLATE 

Today, Climate Cabinet PAC made their first endorsements of the 2022 election cycle and announced the Climate Slate

High Stakes for Defending Climate Wins in Virginia 

Legislative Director Blair St. Ledger-Olson reflects on the nomination of Trump EPA-appointee Andrew Wheeler as Virginia Secretary of Natural and Historic Resources.

Is the Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act a Climate Bill?

The states will decide.

2021 Candidate Engagement: Program Recap

Our candidate engagement program helps candidates make climate change a bigger part of their campaign - in a way that will help them win.

Clean, equitable jobs for illinois

Deputy Director Emma Fisher reflects on the Clean & Equitable Jobs Act, newly passed in her home state of Illinois.

Virginia climate slate winners

At Least Two Climate Slate Candidates Reelected to the Virginia House of Delegates

Not all democrats are climate heroes

Democrats are overwhelmingly better than Republicans when it comes to voting for climate action. But in the face of the climate crisis, being better than a Republican isn’t good enough. 

Comparing scores across states: not apples to apples

Climate Cabinet Scores should be considered within the context of each individual state. In this blog, we explain why -- and then invite you to dive into the data!

Press Release: CLIMATE CABINET LAUNCHES FIRST NATIONAL CLIMATE SCORECARD

The Climate Cabinet Scorecard is the first national tool to hold state legislators accountable for their votes on important climate legislation.

Climate cabinet scorecard: Methodology

Read more about the methodology of the Climate Cabinet Scorecard.

Climate battleground: the states

We probably sound like a broken record: we can’t tackle climate change without state leadership. State legislatures are the under-appreciated battlegrounds for our future.

The power states hold: Scorecard preview

Intern Emma Buday spent her summer diving into climate bills. Here’s what she learned about the power of state legislatures.

Teaser: why we need scorecards

We need a national climate scorecard for state legislators. Here’s why.

Climate is a Justice issue: View from Virginia

We need to address climate change and social justice hand-in-hand. Here’s a view from Virginia.

Virginia climate slate

Help us defend Virginia’s pro-climate legislative majority 

Election Data is Climate Data

Join us as we dive into the data at the intersection of climate change and electoral politics.

Climate Cabinet Action: 2020 Election Recap

Climate is finally a winning political issue — but the top of the ticket failed to drive downballot Democratic success in this election.

The divided states of climate action

A Data Dive On How U.S. State Legislators Are Dealing With The Climate Crisis (Or Not)