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. 

We are behind. We need to reduce emissions fast, every day, across all sectors. We don't have time for the Federal government to be held back and blocked from ambitious action. 

But at the same time, we have reflected deeply on our theory of change: that state and local leaders can and do have an outsized impact on emissions reductions and they are ready to lead today

We just announced new Climate Slate candidates. From Deb Butler, who has been one of North Carolina's fiercest defenders of the democratic process to Eva Burch in Arizona who, as a nurse, is ready to "treat the climate crisis like one of her patients," these candidates are the leaders we need across American government today. 

Keep reading to learn more about these additions to the slate, the power of state officials, new policy resources for community-owned utility directors and more. Together, we can help local leaders like Deb and Eva run, win, and legislate on the climate crisis. 

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NEW Climate Slate Endorsements 
With news of SCOTUS's ruling, now more than ever, we need leaders at every level of government working to protect our environment and fight climate change. 

That's last week, we announced our latest round of Climate Slate candidates who will work to push back and fight for our environment, clean air, and clean water.

You can check out all of our candidates and support their campaigns here.

Meet the newest endorsements from Climate Cabinet. You can navigate to at any time to find the highest ROI climate races that need your help today
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Utilities Toolkit Launch 
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Municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives present important, yet overlooked, opportunities for civic engagement in the transition to a more equitable clean energy future.

Last week Climate Cabinet Education — in partnership with the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) and Pace Energy and Climate Center — released two new resources for the directors of community owned utilities: 

These two guidebooks share best practices and examples for how community-owned utilities can be leaders in an equitable clean energy transition. They build on the incredible technical and advocacy work of the energy democracy community, and we hope will provide useful tools to you in your work. 
States - Battlegrounds for Our Future
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The right-wing has spent decades building power at the state level for decades in order to circumvent climate action. As a result, we've seen federal climate policy fracture and Republican-controlled legislatures block municipalities from passing their own policies.

States play a critical role in our ability to address the climate crisis. Several nationwide policies got their start in the states and they can lead on a whole host in issues such as transportation, clean electricity, and environmental justice. Check out our blog by summer intern Julian McCall here.
Climate Cabinet In The News: 
  • Last week’s SCOTUS ruling makes local elections "ground zero" for climate, E&E News
  • Kristin Dozier picks up Climate Cabinet PAC endorsement in Tallahassee Mayor's race, Tallahassee Democrat
What We're Reading: "Too Hot to Handle? The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change."

The biggest barrier to addressing the climate crisis is our democracy. Despite the fact voters overwhelmingly support clean energy policies, there is still a disconnect between voters and the priorities elected officials are willing to fight for.

In Rebecca Willis's book "Too Hot to Handle? The Democratic Challenge of Climate Change," she argues why democracy and cultivating democracy is the key to climate action.

Candidate Spotlight: Lorena Austin

Having deep roots in her community, Lorena Austin cares deeply about Mesa and and the health of her neighbors. She has ample experience working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Lorena will ensure members of her community who are being particularly impacted by the climate crisis, like her Native American neighbors, have a seat at the table. 

Support Lorena's campaign here

Thanks for following along! 

Together, we're building a groundswell of support for local climate leadership.

- The Climate Cabinet Team

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