Rick Perry holds back Energy Department Grid Study. Sierra Club sues.

Published on August 16th, 2017 | by

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Sierra Club sued the Department of Energy (DOE) today for the agency’s repeated delays in providing information on Rick Perry’s ongoing grid study, amid suspicion that draft versions of the study may be dramatically altered by political appointees in the Trump Administration. Today’s lawsuit was filed after the Department of Energy failed to provide documents […] read more

Electric vehicles: It’s time for Ford to make an all-electric Mustang

Published on August 15th, 2017 | by

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One disappointing announcement from a major auto executive in recent years (among many) came in January 2017, when Ford’s then-CEO, Mark Fields, promised hybrid versions of the company’s iconic Mustang and F-150 pickup — by 2022. Yes, regular hybrids. And yes, roughly 5 years from the announcement. Was he serious? By Loren McDonald   Fields was replaced several months later, […] read more

Remove the Confederate statues shamefully displayed in our nation’s Capitol

Published on August 15th, 2017 | by

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Without justice, there can be no environmental justice. The year my mother moved the two of us from southwest Georgia—1956—was the same year the legislature there chose to unfurl a new state flag in defiance of the desegregation mandate of the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The lawmakers chose the most prominent part […] read more

LA County ratepayers rally against the Brown/Trump water-stealing Delta Tunnels

Published on August 14th, 2017 | by

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The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) is considering raising water bills and taxes in Los Angeles County to fund Governor Jerry  Brown and President Donald Trump’s giant multi-billion-dollar Delta Tunnels, considered by opponents to be the most environmentally destructive public works project in California history. By Dan Bacher  This afternoon starting at 2 p.m., MWD […] read more

Wind energy facts – pushing back against climate change

Published on August 14th, 2017 | by

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Wind energy is playing a crucial role in the reduction of  greenhouse gas emissions globally. Since the burning of fossil fuel got rolling at the start of the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has substantially increased, changing the pattern of life on earth forever. But wind energy is one way in which we can […] read more

Tesla CEO Elon Musk praises China for EV and renewable energy leadership at Governors Conference

Published on August 13th, 2017 | by

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently sat down with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval for an interview in front of around 30 US governors at the National Governors Association meeting. Musk teased the possibility of 2 or 3 more Tesla Gigafactories in front of the governors — many of whom have auto-manufacturing plants in their states. In a comprehensive interview […] read more

Evangelical Christians and climate change (#GreenSunday)

Published on August 13th, 2017 | by

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The most important question confronting humanity at this moment is climate change. Greenland is on fire. Daytime temperatures in some states are so hot that construction workers cannot work safely outdoors. Cities and counties are suing over rising sea levels that threaten their residents. Climate scientists say 2017 will be one of the hottest years on record, exceeding records set […] read more

Elizabeth Warren tells activists the system is rigged – it’s up to us to FIGHT (full speech)

Published on August 13th, 2017 | by

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Elizabeth Warren, the Progressive powerhouse senator from Massachusetts gave a rousing, upbeat, 31-minute speech in Atlanta at the Netroots Nation conference Saturday morning. And while she attacked the way the system is rigged, she has hope – because we’re fighting to fix it. By Meteor Blades  You can watch it all here (STARTING AT 47:00 into […] read more

EPA-wrecker Scott Pruitt runs an agency slouching into paranoia

Published on August 12th, 2017 | by

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Until now, Ronald Reagan-appointed Anne Gorsuch Burford [mother of nepotastic stolen-seat Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch] was the worst administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in its nearly half-century of existence. She cut its budget by a fifth and worked diligently to please polluting industries that she claimed were over-regulated. She was just one appointee […] read more

Delta Tunnels: The fight to block the California WaterFix comes down to the wire

Published on August 12th, 2017 | by

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In the latest battle in the California water wars, Restore the Delta (RTD) submitted a formal letter to the Metropolitan Water District (MWD) of Southern California, laying out “various fiscal, environmental, and supply reliability risks of the [California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels] for not only Southern California, but the entire state.” By Dan Bacher  Growing numbers of Southern California ratepayers […] read more

James Howard Kunstler – Amazon vs Walmart, the monster battle that’s destroying our cities

Published on August 11th, 2017 | by

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As the empire deliquesces into a fetid slurry of economic failure, we stand ankle deep in the rising swamp waters witnessing the futile battle of the giants, Walmart and Amazon. Neil Howe, co-author of The Fourth Turning, wrote this week that “[t]he Amazon-Walmart rivalry will determine the future of retail.” Well, it seems that way, perhaps, and […] read more

Solar energy trade war would be a catastrophically stupid idea

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by

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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. […] read more

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

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by

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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 […] read more

DNC Chair Perez blasts Trump for breaking government promises to American Indians

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by

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Since long before the founding of the Republic, the settler populations from the Puritans onward did their best to wipe out the indigenous peoples of what is now the United States. By Meteor Blades  The vast majority of American Indians—likely in their millions—were killed by European-brought diseases. But public policy, spoken and written, was predicated on extermination, sometimes […] read more

California’s largest boating group says “No thanks” to Jerry Brown’s water-stealing Delta Tunnels

Published on August 10th, 2017 | by

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The Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC), a non-profit organization serving the boating community, on August 3 announced its opposition to Governor Jerry Brown’s California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels, a massive construction project that they say could “seriously impact” boaters’ access to the Delta for many generations to come. By Dan Bacher  “The 1,000 miles of waterways in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta […] read more