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Keep it 100 – Bill McKibben launches campaign for 100% renewable energy

Bill McKibben is no political partisan. He fought with the Obama administration tooth and nail over the Keystone XL pipeline. He and many of his supporters were arrested during their campaign to force Obama to shut down that project. “Barack Obama drove environmentalists crazy with his ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy, which treated sun and wind as […]

August 31st

Climate change will dramatically shift European electricity demand

A team of scientists from Germany and the United States has determined that rising temperatures due to climate change will have a dramatic impact on Europe’s electricity consumption patterns, ultimately putting extra strain on European power grids. By Joshua S Hill  Led by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the new study was […]

August 30th

Is Donald Trump hell-bent on starting a trade war to destroy solar energy?

A rare and exclusive peek into Donald Trump’s Oval Office has renewed fears amidst the US solar industry that the current Section 201 trade case will result in burdensome tariffs, seriously endangering the industry’s growth and thousands of jobs. By Joshua S Hill  I’ve been warning since the Section 201 trade case filed by Suniva and SolarWorld […]

August 29th

World’s mining companies generating $16 billion in emissions costs

The world’s major publicly-listed mining companies are generating up to $16 billion in emissions costs by passing the climate risk down their value chain, and are exposed to up to 30 times more emissions by passing down the buck. By Joshua S Hill  These are the key findings from a new report published by CDP (formerly […]

August 26th

Can Merkel really ban gas cars in Germany?

It came out recently that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now considering bans on gasoline and diesel cars — cars that use internal combustion engines (ICE). This possibility has been floated in the UK, France, India, Norway, the Netherlands, and certain German cities. However, it is a significant departure from the norm for the country’s leader, Merkel, to consider […]

August 20th

Can electric vehicles save the German auto industry?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is cranking up the pressure on the German auto industry as it seeks to reorganize coming out of the diesel emissions scandals that shook its foundations. The strong push comes as Merkel seeks re-election and has recognized the mounting global market pressures that are coming to bear on the largely internal […]

August 19th

China halts 150 gigawatts of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump

The Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported on Monday that China had halted construction on a total of 150 gigawatts (GW) of new coal-fired power generation capacity between 2016 and 2020 — the country’s 13th Five-Year Plan period. Xinhua reported on a statement released by the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), which stated that “New capacity will […]

August 18th

Solar energy trade war would be a catastrophically stupid idea

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

August 10th

Climate change BEST case scenario is now rise of 2 degrees Celsius

2 degrees Celsius has become the catchphrase that people around the world use when talking about climate change and how much average global temperatures will rise by the end of this century. It was the watchword that empowered the Paris climate accords in December 2015. It’s the amount of heating that many climate scientists say […]

August 10th

Military tells GOP: Climate change is a national security issue

In a dramatic event on July 13, 2017, 24 Democrat and 22 Republican members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus and 24 other Republicans voted against an anti-climate change amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018. Members of CCL’s Climate and Security Action Team (CSAT) mobilized to encourage their members of Congress to cast a pro-climate vote. By […]

August 9th

Annual fossil fuel subsidies top $5 TRILLION globally

It’s practically a conservative mantra. When it comes to support for renewable energy: “Government should not be picking winners and losers.” Most of the time, the argument is made by advocates for fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. The fossil fuel companies say all they want is a level playing field. But in fact, […]

August 9th