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Failing dam forces gov’t scramble to evacuate 1000s in Puerto Rico, but many towns unreachable

As if Puerto Ricans weren’t already battered enough by Hurricane Maria, which has left most of the island’s population without electricity and hundreds of thousands of people without drinking water, authorities last night rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam. By Meteor Blades But they said they could not reach more than […]

September 23rd

US solar industry could be devastated by todays trade ruling – crushing tariffs could follow

Are solar cells too cheap? That’s what the US International Trade Commission effectively ruled Friday, granting bankrupt US manufacturers SolarWorld and Suniva’s petition for relief from cheaper imported solar panels. Next, they’ll deliberate a remedy, which would likely mean job-crushing tariffs. The solar industry says that with the price of panels jacked up, hundreds of projects would be canceled […]

September 22nd

Hurricane Irma: Why can’t Floridians use their own solar panels for power when the grid is down?

A controversy is brewing in Florida following the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. Many people in the state thought their rooftop solar systems would keep the lights on and the air conditioning running even after Irma knocked out power to millions of customers in the state. But it didn’t quite turn out that way. By Steve Hanley  In […]

September 22nd

Hurricane Maria smashes Puerto Rico into a real-world level of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Ricardo Ramos, the director of the beleaguered, government-owned Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, told CNN Thursday that Hurricane Maria had basically “destroyed” the island’s power infrastructure, and it will take months to come back. By James Howard Kunstler “Basically destroyed.” That’s about as basic as it gets civilization-wise. Welcome to America’s first experiment in the World Made […]

September 22nd

Pruitt diverts EPA agents to protect him 24/7, instead of protecting YOU from pollution

Back in May, Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton at the New York Times reported how Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA chief Scott Pruitt was instilling a sense of paranoia in the agency’s offices. Among other things, they wrote that he required round-the-clock bodyguards to accompany him even when he was at EPA headquarters. Pruitt is the first chief in the EPA’s […]

September 22nd

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

After hurricane Harvey and Irma, what will it take to convince deniers about climate change?

The devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey is still being tallied up. Families and business owners are still figuring out what their lives will look like for the next months and years. Despite what some senior Trump administration officials say, it’s worth looking at the fingerprints of climate change on the hurricanes. Further, it’s worth looking […]

September 15th

Trump admin bans the words “Climate Change”, replaces with Orwellian double-speak

In a bold new strategy (as revealed in the Guardian), the U.S. Department of Agriculture—guardians of the planet’s richest farmlands—has decided to combat the threat of global warming by forbidding the use of the words. Under guidance from the agency’s director of soil health, Bianca Moebius-Clune, a list of phrases to be avoided includes “climate change” and “climate […]

September 7th