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Smart meters and dynamic pricing can help consumers use electricity when it’s less costly, saving money and reducing pollution

Americans want their electricity to be cheap, clean and reliable, but that trifecta is becoming more elusive, thanks to climate change. According to a 2021 report by the nonprofit research organization Climate Central, more than 80% of reported major outages across the U.S. from 2000 through 2021 were caused by weather extremes, such as heat […]

October 18th

Puerto Rico’s power grid was privatized after Hurricane Maria – Now Fiona has completely crashed it

A “total blackout” was reported on the island of Puerto Rico on Sunday as heavy rainfall and powerful winds pounded the island before Hurricane Fiona made landfall just before 4:00 pm local time. Weather forecasters said the rainfall is likely to produce devastating landslides and severe flooding, with up to 25 inches (64 cm) expected in some […]

September 19th

Intense heat and flooding are wreaking havoc on power and water systems as climate change batters America’s aging infrastructure

The 1960s and 1970s were a golden age of infrastructure development in the U.S., with the expansion of the interstate system and widespread construction of new water treatment, wastewater and flood control systems reflecting national priorities in public health and national defense. But infrastructure requires maintenance, and, eventually, it has to be replaced. Paul Chinowsky, […]

September 12th

We’re addicted to fossil fuels, and it’s killing us (and trashing sustainable development goals)

A first-of-its-kind report published Wednesday warns that the continued extraction and burning of fossil fuels worldwide—particularly in the rich countries most responsible for planet-warming carbon emissions—is imperiling every single sustainable development goal adopted by United Nations member states in 2015. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The 17 SDGs are far-reaching, ranging from ending global poverty to eliminating hunger […]

June 1st

Watch John Oliver roast greedy utilities who rip off their customers and fight clean energy

John Oliver exposed a mainstream audience to the ways that failed utility regulation often result in higher monthly bills, political corruption and environmental damage on Last Week Tonight, his weekly late-night show on HBO. By David Pomerantz Energy and Policy Institute John Oliver takes on monopoly utilities After explaining how monopoly utilities make money from capital expenditures and influence […]

At Postal Service, DeJoy moves to lock in gas-guzzlers for the next 30 years (instead of electrifying the fleet)

A leading House Democrat has demanded the ouster of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over his push to spend $11 billion on a new fleet of largely gasoline-powered USPS delivery trucks, a plan that flies in the face of President Joe Biden’s proposed shift to zero-emission government vehicles. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), […]

February 8th

Now is the time to electrify the US Postal Service fleet

Forget Amazon delivery, it could be the humble, dependable US Postal Service that ushers us all into the electric future. Along with 200 billion pieces of mail a year, electric postal service trucks could also deliver clean air benefits to every neighborhood—that is, if the Biden administration takes charge. By Adrian Martinez Earth Justice As Earthjustice […]

February 8th

If companies want net-zero carbon offices, they need to focus on building materials

In 2020, the extraction, transport and manufacturing of materials for the building sector accounted for 10 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. If buildings are to make meaningful contributions to keeping global temperature rise to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels, limiting emissions from building materials is crucial. Meike Siegner, Ryerson University and Cory Searcy, […]

December 18th

Build Back Better: We can’t let big oil win this one

With the Build Back Better plan poised to invest unprecedented amounts of money and capacity into a just, clean energy transition, Big Oil is relying on their favorite play — spending millions of dollars to convince corporate Democrats to slash climate protections and protect fossil fuel companies. By Jessica Hamilton Climate Hawks Vote Our movement […]

December 6th