Electric Vehicles: Shell goes all-in on EV charging stations

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As Yogi Berra used to say, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” — but it’s over. The reign of the conventional internal combustion engine vehicle is coming to a close and electric vehicles are poised to dominate. In the most recent development, last Friday the leading global oil company Royal Dutch Shell announced that it […]

GOP mayor makes Lancaster, CA the “Solar capital of the universe”

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Lancaster, California, produces more solar power per capita than any other city in the state. Devastated by the recession of 2009, when unemployment rose to 17%, the city has made its commitment to solar the basis of its economic rebirth. Today it is home to the BYD truck and bus factory, which just finished an expansion that tripled […]

Climate change fuels wildfires, threatens human health down-wind

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Residents of Portland, Oregon, knew they were in trouble when the sky got so hazy from smoke that the sun turned red. For weeks, people like Michelle Nicola, a Portland middle school teacher, lived enshrouded in smoke from a nearby wildfire. “It’s like living in the middle of a bonfire,” Nicola said. “You can’t escape it. […]

Geoengineering: Will we Science our way out of climate change, or end up with a “Geostorm”?

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Ever notice how once something new crops up in your life, suddenly it’s everywhere? In a comment to our recent story about carbon dioxide levels in the Eocene period, some people raised the topic of geo-engineering — ways to mechanically alter the earth’s atmosphere so a portion of the sun’s energy is reflected back into space or […]

TEPCO fined measly $4.4 million for Fukushima nuclear disaster

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As a result of a class action lawsuit brought against Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) and the government of Japan — the largest such class action lawsuit to date that relates to the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima — a district court in the prefecture has ruled that both TEPCO and the government are liable for damages […]

James Howard Kunstler: The Harvey Weinstein meltdown

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The stereotype of the Hollywood Producer has been vividly established for nearly a hundred years now: a vulgarian alpha male in an expensive suit working the casting couch in his office on the lot. The studios made not a few movies about this entitled, predatory stock character, even back in the day when their rule was absolute. […]

Autonomous Vehicles: The future looks smart

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A new report from PA Consulting with the title How Long Is The Road To Driverless Vehicles? Assessing how close the Nordics are to autonomous vehicles explores what roadblocks lie ahead before the world embraces driverless and fully autonomous vehicles that provide Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to us humans. By Jesper Berggreen  Asking The Experts The report is […]

Evangelicals oppose Congress’ gutting of Teddy Roosevelt’s Antiquities Act

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Our public lands are national treasures to be stewarded and preserved for us and our children, and are part of our worship of God.  That’s why we oppose H.R. 3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act (CAP Act).  The bill’s sponsor is Rep. Rob Bishop, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee.  It is being […]

How did past cultures deal with climate change? Mostly, they collapsed

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Archaeologists are plumbing the human experience to find out how various societies have responded to climate change, shifts in food resources, and natural hazards—among other challenges to human survival. Research findings on three early Native American cultures from the southwestern United States show how each responded to environmental challenges in different ways that dramatically altered their […]

Price on Carbon: Companies already factoring it into their business plans

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Putting a price on carbon is globally becoming the new normal for major companies. Almost 1400  companies are putting a price on carbon emissions “because they understand that carbon risk management is a business imperative.” This represents an increase of 11% over the number of companies putting a price on carbon in 2016, and a […]

Suddenly, Rick Perry has doubts about free markets for energy?

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Shakespeare’s adage about those who “doth protest too much” seems an appropriate response to Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s recent testimony on an administration proposal to change the way coal and nuclear power plants are compensated for sending electricity to the U.S. grid. By William Murray R Street Perry’s cryptic and somewhat baffling rhetoric Thursday in front of […]

Pruitt guts Clean Power Plan. NOW can we talk about a price on carbon?

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In its zeal to undo the legacy of our 44th president, the Trump administration is now undoing the future of our children and grandchildren by repealing the Clean Power Plan, a policy designed to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that make our climate more and more inhospitable. By Mark Reynolds Executive Director, Citizens’ Climate Lobby. How inhospitable? We’ve […]

Climate Change Action: Are you mad at the 69 “Disaster Deplorables” who voted against hurricane relief?

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Sixty-nine Republicans in the the House of Representatives voted against the $36 billion relief package for the survivors of climate disasters including hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida, and wildfires now devastating California. Requiring a two-thirds vote, the bill was passed 353-69 thanks to unanimous Democratic support. As the U.S. Senate is not […]

Beyond Coal: America is halfway there (despite Trump and Pruitt)

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We have big news to close out a remarkable week of highs (Michael Bloomberg re-investing in the Beyond Coal campaign) and lows (Scott Pruitt’s announcement of a Clean Power Plan repeal): half the coal plants in the US are now announced to retire. Today, Luminant Energy announced it will close two of the nation’s largest and dirtiest coal […]