In Iowa energy primary, King Coal loses out to Wind Power

Published on June 12th, 2017 | by

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Clean tech fans know Iowa as one of the epicenters of US wind energy development, but the state still leans heavily on coal for power generation. Well, not for long. Newly minted Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds took office on an energy innovation platform and it looks like she wants the state to ditch coal, clean […] read more

James Howard Kunstler – Going to financialization hell in a handbasket of deplorables

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As our politicos creep deeper into a legalistic wilderness hunting for phantoms of Russian collusion, nobody pays attention to the most dangerous force in American life: the unraveling financialization of the economy. By James Howard Kunstler Financialization is what happens when the people-in-charge “create” colossal sums of “money” out of nothing — by issuing loans, […] read more

Climate change is like gravity. It doesn’t care what you “believe”

Published on June 12th, 2017 | by

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Dear journalists: The time has come to stop asking politicians whether they “believe in climate change” and to start asking whether they understand it. By Michael Barnard  The problem is that outside of the odd politician who was actually a climate scientist, the vast majority of people can’t claim to understand climate change or global warming […] read more

Do we really need an “All of the Above” energy strategy? (Keep it in the ground!)

Published on June 11th, 2017 | by

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The world has a problem with overheating. And the problem is going to last at least 10,000 years per a study published in Nature. In the near term, we have to take bold steps to move the needle on climate change – beyond the panacea of an “All of the Above” energy strategy. By Michael […] read more

US Congress Working On National Self-Driving Vehicle Legislation

Published on June 10th, 2017 | by

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The US Congress is working on legislation to speed up the rollout of self-driving vehicle technology that could potentially supersede state-level rules, according to a number of House and Senate lawmakers who spoke to Reuters earlier this week. by James Ayre  The chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Representative Greg Walden of Oregon, […] read more

Tesla has supercharged plans for 2017

Published on June 9th, 2017 | by

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At the 2017 Annual Shareholder Meeting on June 6th, Tesla CEO Elon Musk provided updates on just about every area of the business, which necessarily included the Tesla Model 3. The milestone vehicle will move into production next month. Shortly thereafter, the first customers will receive their Model 3s. The official unveiling will be followed at […] read more

Happy World Oceans Day – how big oil effectively runs Cali’s marine protection areas

Published on June 8th, 2017 | by

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“If these are true marine protection areas, they why are we allowing drilling and other insults to the ocean in them? The whole MLPA Initiative was a phony process that provided an opportunity for Big Green and government bureaucrats to write press releases claiming these were ‘protected areas’ when in reality the fishermen and Tribes […] read more

13 states declare climate independence from Trump, form United States Climate Alliance

Published on June 8th, 2017 | by

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Several states have decided to chart their own course in responding to the existential threat of climate change by forming the United States Climate Alliance. California, not surprisingly, is the leader of the pack. by Steve Hanley  The Golden State’s governor, Jerry Brown, has been steadfast in his abuse of Donald Trump, suggesting he is a […] read more

California and China sign their own climate agreement. Sorry, Trump

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California governor Jerry Brown is in China this week. He signed a climate agreement with Wan Gang, China’s minister of science and technology, committing both parties to work together to lower carbon emissions. He will be the keynote speaker at the Under2 Clean Energy Forum in Beijing on June 7, addressing  leaders from 170 countries, states, and cities […] read more

You know those mayors defying Trump on the Paris climate agreement? Call em to say thanks

Published on June 7th, 2017 | by

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Hundreds of U.S. mayors are demonstrating one way to resist Donald Trump’s climate and energy agenda: They’ve joined an alliance pledging to keep supporting the Paris climate agreement that Trump has announced he will abandon. By Meteor Blades Activists ought to link arms with these mayors, phone or write them, and applaud them for taking a stand against […] read more

Trump picks lobbyist who funnelled cash to big ag as Deputy Sec of Interior. (What could go wrong?)

Published on June 6th, 2017 | by

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“Before confirming David Bernhardt as Deputy Secretary of Interior… it is critical to understand whether federal laws were broken, twisted or bent while Mr. Bernhardt was Solicitor and again while employed by Westlands.  Limited disclosures to date reveal that millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to benefit Westlands that should have been deposited in the Federal […] read more

Jerry Brown poses as ‘climate leader’ while he promotes fracking, Delta Tunnels

Published on June 6th, 2017 | by

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He’s a political genius when it comes to working media, since he’s convinced much of the state, national and international media that he’s a “climate leader” and “green governor” when Jerry Brown actually oversees some of the most environmentally devastating policies of any governor in recent California history. By Dan Bacher Responding to President Donald Trump’s […] read more

Privatizing the Air Traffic Control system is a really bad idea (but Trump needs to change the subject)

Published on June 5th, 2017 | by

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There’s only one reason we’re talking about Trump’s stupid scheme privatizing the Air Traffic Control system, putting a critical piece of US safety and security infrastructure in private hands. A scheme that’s so bad it was rejected out of hand by the GOP House and Senate just last year. By Jeremy Bloom But President Trump needed […] read more

NY accuses Exxon and Tillerson of misleading investors over climate change

Published on June 5th, 2017 | by

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In a filing with a state court in New York on Friday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, now US Secretary of State, misled investors about the likely costs of climate change. The document says that the company used one number called a proxy cost of carbon when making statements […] read more