Portland Oregon commits to 100% renewable electricity in 18 years

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The City of Portland, Oregon, and Multnomah County have locked in a commitment to obtaining 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035 as the latest #CommitTo100 city to join the pledge. By Kyle Field Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune shared on his blog that the commitment by Portland represents a major milestone because of […] read more

Is Rick Perry’s Energy Department pushing back against Trump’s war on renewables?

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It looks like the strange goings-on at the Energy Department may get a little stranger. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has been tooting the clean energy horn practically nonstop since assuming the helm at the agency despite the Trump Administration pro-coal rhetoric. And now renewables may have another champion in Daniel R. Brouillette, a lobbyist who […] read more

Divest! Banks and institutions dumping dirty fossil fuel money

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Institutions are reacting to public outrage over fossil fuel investments. Through divestment from fossil fuels, profits that wreak havoc on our planet are being diverted to alternative energy and other investments that can provide a sustainable tomorrow for the world’s citizens. by Carolyn Fortuna  Divestment decisions last month at Harvard University heartened student activists and reinforced a […] read more

Renewable energy is an unstoppable wave, says Financial Times

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With more then 2.2 million readers a day, the Financial Times is the newspaper of record for economists, business leaders, and government policy makers worldwide. On May 18, its lead story was entitled: The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable. by Steve Hanley   The Financial Times tells the story of Torotrak, a British […] read more

Ohio Wetlands Damaged By Pipeline Company Will Take Decades To Recover

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Energy Transfer Partners, the company heading the Dakota Access pipeline program, is also constructing a pipeline across Ohio. When completed, it will transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of gas each day from West Virginia, Ohio, and Michigan to Ontario, Canada. In April, the company discharged some 2 million gallons of a substance known as bentonite clay […] read more

West Coast salmon fishery in state of disaster

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California Governor Jerry Brown and Oregon Governor Kate Brown have sent a letter  to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross requesting declaration of a catastrophic regional fishery disaster and commercial fishery failure for salmon in their states. By Dan Bacher The declaration begins the process for requesting federal aid to assist commercial salmon trollers and […] read more

India cancels 14 GW of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump.

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The transformation of India’s electricity market continues to deliver, as shown this month by the cancellation of 13.7 gigawatts of proposed coal-fired power plants, an admission that 8.6 gigawatts of operating coal is already non-viable, and the parallel move of ever-decreasing solar costs helped along by the country’s record low solar tariffs. By Joshua S […] read more

WTF? Jerry Brown says Trump may not be so bad on climate change after all

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Say what, Gov. Brown? The California governor now says that on climate change the Trump regime “not as disastrous as we thought a few months ago” By Meteor Blades “President Trump is a realist – and there’s nothing more real than the atmosphere and the chemistry that determines our weather and our long-term climate,” Brown told reporters at […] read more

Trump admin censors the truth about sea level rise

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Sea levels are rising faster than anyone had imagined… nearly three times as fast. But you’d never know it from the way the Trump administration cut the guts out of its press release on the subject. By Steve Hanley A new study by an international team of researchers has determined that the pace of sea […] read more

Trump’s devastating budget – 10 of the worst cuts for the planet

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Donald Trump released his budget late Monday and, as expected, its massive cuts target life-saving public health and environmental programs and standards. Once again, we’re seeing Trump put polluters ahead of the safety our families. This budget will make our communities sick while lining the pockets of the fossil fuel industry. By Mary Ann Hitt, […] read more

Trumps budget slashes EPA, green energy

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We’ve been waiting for some time now to see just what damage the Trump administration intends for the US clean energy and environmental policies and institutions. And this week’s budget release confirms the administration has massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and in particular the country’s leading clean energy research […] read more

Renewable energy jobs – 10 million worldwide (that’s a heck of a lot more than coal)

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Renewable energy jobs continue to grow – in total, the global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016.  The growth rate over the last two years has slowed since IRENA published their first assessments starting in 2012, but these most recent figures represent a steady increase thanks in part to jobs in the solar PV […] read more

As climate change accelerates sea level rise, feds censor climate info

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Calculations in a new study show that sea level is rising three times as fast as it was before 1990. The scientists concluded in their reassessment that the rise before had been overestimated and the rise since 1990 has been dramatically underestimated. By Meteor Blades Chris Mooney at The Washington Post reports: Their paper, just out in the Proceedings of […] read more

China Shows Why Renewable Energy Is The Future, Not Coal

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The problem with change is it takes so damned long to get here. China built its incredible industrial might by using thousands of cheap laborers to build cheaply-fueled coal-powered generating plants. Then it reaped the whirlwind – of air that was unsafe to breathe. Now it is focused on renewable energy. By Steve Hanley  Carbon […] read more

With Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold, VA Gov steps in to limit power plant emissions

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Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, has signed an executive order that directs the state’s environmental regulators to create a cap and trade plan for carbon power plant emissions. “The threat of climate change is real, and we have a shared responsibility to confront it,” McAuliffe said. “Once approved, this regulation will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from […] read more