US Policy Change
Clean Air Task Force
Clean Air Task Force is a non-profit environmental organization that catalyzes resilient solutions to climate change. They push for changes in technology and policy that are required to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet.
Proven track record
Why Policy Change?
Why policy change?
Fighting the climate crisis requires systemic change that can only be achieved through government policy. Our current focus is on US policy, because the US is a leader on the global stage and is the world’s second-largest emitter.
How did we choose our focus areas?
Our work in 2020 is focused on US national policy. We did an initial assessment of methods of influence, and decided to concentrate on grassroots activism and "insider" policy. Direct activism (protests, pressure campaigns, etc) has a long history in the US of driving transformational social change. It ensures that politicians bring important issues to the top of their agenda, and lets them know they will pay politically for ignoring climate issues. Insider policy advocacy (research, lobbying, and the like) is also a well-established way to affect change. But climate policy campaigners are badly outgunned, getting outspent 10:1 by pro-polluting industry efforts. To move legislation forward, we need pro-climate insiders to neutralize the efforts of the oil companies.
How do we assess policy organizations?
We assess organizations by conducting expert interviews, developing detailed theories of change for our studied organizations, and assessing this using theoretical literature as well as measured achievements. It is impossible to assess with certainty the effect of a donation to a policy organization, but our research uses all methods available to identify the "best bets". Please see below for more information on our approach to assessing and recommending policy organizations.