San Fransisco and Oakland sue big oil companies over the cost of climate change

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Using the legal system to hold polluters responsible for the economic losses caused by climate change is becoming more popular. As the federal government uses a bob-and-weave strategy to duck its obligations to protect citizens at both the executive and congressional level, the judiciary is the last best hope for those seeking to hold those […]

Trump’s reckless, dishonest, myopic blustering on Iran nuclear agreement weakens U.S. national security

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by

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With a blast of bombast, Donald Trump made clear once again this week that he wants to dump or renegotiate the Iran nuclear agreement—known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—which he calls “an embarrassment to the United States.” He also says he has already made up his mind about what to do, but he’s not telling anybody what he has decided. […]

Bloomberg shares some mind-bending clean energy charts (plus wind turbines on steroids!)

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by

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As I noted in my article earlier today, Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Future of Energy Summit just wrapped up in London. Michael Liebreich, BNEF’s Founder* and Chairman of the Advisory Board, knocked the ball out of the park in his keynote presentation (whoops, wrong continent for that metaphor). By Zachary Shahan  From the 170 slides, a few of them have already […]

27 companies publicly support Paris climate agreement, but donate millions to GOP group undermining it

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by

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Twenty-seven companies that urged the Trump regime to stick with the Paris Climate Accord also contributed a total of $3.3 million to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) that has worked assiduously to dump President Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan. That plan was designed specifically to reduce greenhouse emissions from U.S. power plants in 2030 by 32 […]

Delta tunnels: California’s biggest water district says they’re “Not economically viable”

Published on September 21st, 2017 | by

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The Westlands Water District’s Board of Directors rejected Governor Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels project on September 19 because the California WaterFix “is not financially viable,” according to a statement from the district. By Dan Bacher The district also said they cannot support a project that would make water supplies “unaffordable” for Westlands farmers. The powerful agricultural water district’s rejection of […]

100% renewable energy: Citi and JPMorgan Chase join RE100 @ClimateWeekNYC

Published on September 20th, 2017 | by

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RE100, the world’s leading 100% renewable energy target campaign, has once again made big news at Climate Week NYC 2017, announcing four more companies joining to commit to sourcing 100% renewable energy, including Citi and JPMorgan Chase & Co. By Joshua S Hill  For the uninitiated, RE100 is an initiative set up by The Climate Group […]

Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus hears how climate change devastates Western states’ economies

Published on September 20th, 2017 | by

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At a meeting to discuss the impact of climate change on tourism, Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo, co-chair of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus, weighed in on Hurricane Irma, which decimated the Florida Keys that he represents. By Flannery Winchester Citizens Climate Lobby “There were hurricanes before human-induced climate change—we should not blame every hurricane on climate change. […]

100% electric vehicles: 10 big corps launch EV100 campaign at Climate Week NYC

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A group of new big-name businesses including Baidu, IKEA, and Vattenfall have this week parnered with The Climate Group to launch EV100, the first initiative of its kind to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles and accompanying infrastructure. By Joshua S Hill Following in the wake of initiatives such as RE100 and EP100, the newest initiative to focus on […]

Drain the swamp: Trump and Pruitt want to fill the EPA with oil and coal lobbyists

Published on September 20th, 2017 | by

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Every week, another decision that endangers our families seems to come out of Scott Pruitt’s and Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The latest facepalm/outrage comes in the form of confirmation hearings that start this week for four completely unacceptable nominees to critical leadership positions at EPA. By Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign […]

California’s Delta Tunnels/ Waterfix dealt fatal blow – rejected by Westlands Water District

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In a major victory for Delta Tunnels opponents, the Board of Directors of the Westlands Water District today voted 7 to 1 against their participation in Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix project. By Dan Bacher Growers in the massive district, located on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, cited the high cost of the state-federal proposal as their […]

Climate deniers are wrong – higher CO2 leads to LESS nutritious food

Published on September 19th, 2017 | by

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Most of us learned about photosynthesis when we were in high school. Plants use carbon dioxide and sunlight to make the food they need to grow. That means higher carbon dioxide levels should be good for plants, right? Absolutely, says Republican Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas. He is a firmly committed climate change denier who […]

Climate Week NYC: EV100 launches global business group to fast-track electric vehicles

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A new business campaign designed to fast-track the uptake of electric vehicles (EV) and infrastructure has been launched by The Climate Group at a unique event in New York today, as business and government leaders gather at Climate Week NYC. Baidu, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Heathrow Airport, HP Inc., IKEA Group, LeasePlan, METRO AG, PG&E, Unilever, Vattenfall are the […]

100% renewable energy: More global corporations sign on to RE100 for NY Climate Week 2017

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The Estée Lauder Companies and the Kellogg Company are among the newest members to join the RE100 campaign, committing to 100% renewable energy, in advance of New York Climate Week 2017. By Joshua S Hill  The Climate Group and CDP, which leads the RE100 campaign announced that four new companies have joined up to commit to […]

Ahead of New York Climate Week, Mayor de Blasio pushes building efficiency

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced new mandates on building owners to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of existing buildings, in a move that will affect NYC’s 14,500 least-efficient buildings, which together produce 24% of the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions. By Joshua S Hill  “Time is not on our side,” de Blasio said. […]