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Trump tariffs could strangle the solar boom

Tumbling prices for solar energy have helped stoke demand among U.S. homeowners, businesses and utilities for electricity powered by the sun. But that could soon change. President Donald Trump – whose proposed 2018 budget would slash support for alternative energy – will soon get a new opportunity to undermine the solar power market by imposing duties that could […]

September 25th

Autonomous vehicles: Baidu released groundbreaking software platform

Baidu, the China-based tech giant, has released the newest iteration of its widely used open-source autonomous driving platform Apollo — which has been dubbed Apollo 1.5, appropriately enough By James Ayre Accompanying the announcement of this new release, the company revealed that it was creating a 10 billion RMB (~$1.5 billion) “Apollo Fund” — which will […]

September 24th

Katherine Hayhoe: I was a an Exxon-funded climate scientist

ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time, now. Investigative reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that […]

September 23rd

UK has plans for mini nuclear reactors. Or do they?

It was reported last week in The Telegraph that ministers in the UK were “ready” to approve the rapid development and testing of a fleet of “mini nuclear reactors” — to be used as baseload capacity and meant to make up for older soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear facilities. By James Ayre Is there any truth to this assertion? What about the […]

September 23rd

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

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. […]

September 20th

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

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 […]

September 20th

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

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 […]

September 19th

Car dealers continue to try to screw Tesla (and Tesla customers)

The California New Car Dealers Association has expanded its complaint against Tesla over the modern electric car pioneer’s use of customer referral programs. The California New Car Dealers Association has sent yet another letter to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles explaining how cruel and unfair Tesla’s approach is. By James Ayre The new complaint specifically […]

September 18th

Hurricane Harvey left Houston residents breathing benzene

After Hurricane Harvey’s flooding caused an oil tank in Houston’s Manchester neighborhood to cave in, private monitors found benzene levels that far exceeded health guidelines By Lisa Song and Al Shaw, ProPublica, and Kiah Collier, The Texas Tribune As a longtime resident of Manchester, Guadalupe Hernandez is used to the chemical smells that waft through his southeast Houston, […]

September 18th

Delta Tunnels – Who will pay back the bonds? (Hint: Cali taxpayers will be stuck with the bill)

A coalition of conservation groups today challenged the legality of proposed bonds that will be used to pay for the construction of the Twin Tunnels project. Also known as California WaterFix, the Delta tunnels would divert water around the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to Southern California. By Restore the Delta  The groups — Friends of the River, […]

September 18th

Evangelicals call for climate action in the wake of Hurricane Harvey

It’s true, everything is bigger in Texas. Especially the storms. The meteorological monster named Harvey doesn’t quite fit the traditional definition of a storm. What we witnessed over southeastern Texas in late August requires a new lexicon, a word salad composed of ALL CAPS! There is no historical precedent for what unfolded. Normally glib meteorologists were suddenly […]

September 17th

Bye-bye, coal. As market forces shut coal plants, US nears CO2 goals

Regardless of who is in the White House, a new Sierra Club analysis has found dramatic reductions in carbon pollution from the U.S. electric sector are moving full speed ahead and will continue to grow, putting U.S. Paris climate targets within reach despite Trump’s intentions to exit the Paris Agreement. By Bruce Nilles and Mary Anne Hitt Sierra Club Beyond Coal […]

September 15th