US corporations stick with clean energy, despite Trump’s bailing on the Paris Climate Agreement

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Despite US President Donald Trump pulling his country out of the Paris Climate Agreement, US corporations and institutions are maintaining, and in many cases strengthening, their interest in renewable energy. By Joshua S Hill  These are the key findings from a new report published this week by research company Smart Energy Decisions, which surveyed executives from […]

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

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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 […]

Nathan Fillion gets his spaceship, as Arcimoto’s revolutionary EV “Fun Utility Vehicle” wraps up a successful IPO

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With just days to go in their Initial Public Stock Offering, we caught up with Arcimoto founder Mark Frohnmayer to talk about the IPO, the future of electric and autonomous vehicles, and how he is trying to revolutionize transportation with a fundamentally more efficient platform. And also a more fun platform. When TV actor Nathan […]

Quakeland – how fracking earthquakes could make OK the next oil-driven eco-disaster

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Kathryn Miles, author of the new book Quakeland: On the Road To America’s Next Devastating Earthquake, has written a piece at Politico on the kind of subject most people don’t think about until after a disaster. She explores what would happen if a big earthquake struck at or near Cushing, Oklahoma, a crossroads of 14 major oil pipelines and […]

Drain the Swamp: Dems say No Way to Sam Clovis, Trump’s anti-science appointee as top USDA scientist

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In a letter to supporters, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, announced her opposition to President Trump’s nominee to be the top scientist at the Department of Agriculture, Sam Clovis. She highlighted his lack of professional qualifications as well as his “absurd” statements on climate science, LGBTQ issues, and […]

Despite huge losses and its own failure Southern Company wants to complete Vogtle nuclear plant

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With Southern Company’s board voting last week to green light the completion of the Vogtle nuclear power plant, the prospect that Georgia utility customers may be on the hook for many billions for a plant that may never be economically feasible becomes very real. By Dan Zegert Climate Investigations Center Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning has blamed […]

Native American tribes want names of racist bigots stripped from Yellowstone National Park

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Tribes will rally Saturday to demand names of white supremacist killers be removed at Yellowstone: By Meteor Blades The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which represents all tribes in Montana and Wyoming, has been calling for the name changes since December 2014. One is Mount Doane named for Gustavus Cheyney Doane. He was prominent in the first […]

White households have all the stuff. Minorities are on the Road to Zero Wealth

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The Institute for Policy Studies and Prosperity Now (formerly the Corporation for Enterprise Development) published a new 25-page study this week – the Road to Zero Wealth – that has grim news on the economic racial divide. The team of four authors scrutinized what it means to be middle class by examining the wealth gap rather than income […]

More investors are green investors. Corporations should feed that appetite.

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A growing number of green investors are looking to increase their climate-related investments, but are at the same time frustrated with a lack of transparency and climate-related disclosure from companies. These are the key findings from a new report published this week by multinational banking behemoth HSBC and prepared by industry research firm East & Partners, […]

Climate change would devastate chocolate. Mars Co. fights back with $1 billion commitment

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“Mars has been in business for four generations and intends to be for the next four generations. The only way that will happen is if we do things differently to ensure that the planet is healthy and all people in our extended supply chains have the opportunity to thrive,” Mars CEO Grant Reid tells The Guardian. […]

Solar energy has its best second quarter ever (but way down from fourth quarter)

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The US solar industry had its largest second quarter ever this year, adding 2.4 gigawatts worth of new solar capacity, but it was a lackluster quarter for the country’s residential segment, which grew only 1% over the first quarter and declined year-over-year. By Joshua S Hill The latest quarterly figures investigating the United States’ solar industry […]

Harvey heartless: The GOP reps who voted to stiff their fellow Americans

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One hundred and seven Republicans in Congress – 90 members of the House and 17 Senators – have just voted against the Hurricane Harvey relief package, which raised the debt ceiling to avoid the threat of a government shutdown. The hall of shame includes House Texans Smokey Joe Barton (TX-06), Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Sam Johnson […]

EV storage breakthrough gets $1 million Energy department funds – low-cost batteries from CO2

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The US Energy Department has been steaming full speed ahead on cutting edge energy storage technology, and the latest development is one of those environmental twofers we love. A $1 million grant from the agency will help a company called Saratoga Energy to bridge the gap between its labwork and a low cost, high efficiency […]

Hurricane Pruitt a bigger risk to superfund sites than Harvey or Irma

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we learned that Harris County, Texas, where Houston is located, is home to 13 abandoned industrial sites so populated by toxic waste that over the years they’ve been assigned Superfund cleanup status by the Environmental Protection Agency. We also learned from the work of two Associated Press reporters that seven of those […]