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Reconciliation bill will include a Clean Energy Standard (Let’s keep it TRULY clean)

As Democrats work to rapidly finalize the details of their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, climate campaigners on Wednesday urged them to exclude fossil fuels and “false solutions” from a new clean energy program intended to cut down planet-heating emissions. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Ahead of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s September 13 markup for […]

September 10th

Solar energy could provide 40% of US electricity within 15 years

Solar energy can rise from 3% of U.S. power generation today to 40% by 2035, and ultimately 50% by 2050, a new report from the Energy Department and National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows. By Nathan Kaufman Nexus Media News Falling costs have boosted solar growth over the past decade, so reaching that 40% threshold would […]

September 10th

Climate groups welcome Biden solar blueprint (But urge quicker energy transition)

While welcoming the Biden administration’s new blueprint showing how solar energy could produce nearly half of U.S. electricity by 2050, climate campaigners on Wednesday also pointed to damage from recent fires and floods as evidence of the need for more rapid and sweeping systemic reforms. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) […]

September 9th

PA takes a big first step toward 100% renewable energy

Pennsylvania took a crucial step to join a regional initiative to cut carbon emissions and defend our children’s health. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted to approve the regulation that will link Pennsylvania to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). By Evangelical Environmental Network Kim Andeson, Associate Director of Pennsylvania Outreach of the Evangelical […]

Los Angeles City Council approves transition to clean, carbon-free energy by 2035

In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council yesterday (September 1) approved a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrelll requiring that 100 percent of the city’s electricity come from clean, zero carbon energy by 2035. By Dan Bacher “Through this motion, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  — the largest municipally-owned utility in the […]

September 3rd

The smart choices we must make TODAY: US history shows spending on infrastructure doesn’t always end well

  Richard White, Stanford University The Conversation Over the past two centuries, federal, state and municipal governments across the U.S. have launched wave after wave of infrastructure projects. They built canals to move freight in the 1830s and 1840s. Governments subsidized railroads in the mid- and late 19th century. They created local sewage and water […]

August 19th

How climate action can reboot economies in rural America

Many rural counties in the United States face the dual challenges of lagging economic growth and increasingly severe effects of climate change. While urban areas are not uniformly prosperous and rural areas are not uniformly poor, rural communities on average lag behind their urban counterparts on most key economic indicators — from poverty rates to […]

July 22nd

Oregon’s Community Solar Program

In 2016, Oregon passed SB 1547, the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which raised the Renewable Portfolio Standard and made solar accessible to homeowners, renters, schools, businesses, and governments through community net metering. The community solar program’s maximum capacity is set at two and a half percent of each utility’s 2016 system peak, enabling an […]

July 18th

200+ groups to Democrats: $6 trillion ‘Should be the floor’ for climate and infrastructure bill

A coalition of more than 200 progressive advocacy organizations and think tanks released a joint statement Wednesday arguing that $6 trillion in spending “should be the floor, not the ceiling” of Democratic lawmakers’ ambitions as they craft a legislative package aimed at combating the climate crisis, rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, and repairing the tattered safety net. By Jake […]

July 5th

The road to Glasgow and COP 26: Challenging climate negotiations deliver limited progress

Over the past three weeks, climate negotiators gathered online for the UN Climate Change Subsidiary Bodies sessions, aiming to make progress on details within the Paris Agreement. These details are critical to resolve if the world is to meet the agreement’s goals and prevent the most dangerous impacts of climate change. By Yamide Dagnet, Nathan Cogswell, Lorena Gonzalez, Mima Mendoza, Nataniel […]

June 25th

Can Climate Change the IMF?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) annually assesses the economic health of its 190 member countries, making recommendations to address macroeconomic and financial challenges through surveillance processes referred to as Article IV surveillance. By Valerie Laxton and Lauren Sidner World Resources Institute On May 25, the IMF — charged with securing economic stability and effective operation of the international monetary system […]

June 25th

Share of fossil fuels in global energy mix ‘Has not moved by an inch’ in a ten years

Despite the growing necessity of transitioning to renewable energy, the share of fossil fuels in the world’s total energy mix barely changed during a recent decade, according to a report released Tuesday by the Paris-based think tank REN21. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “We are waking up to the bitter reality that the climate policy promises over the […]

June 21st

The US set a record for renewables in 2020, but more is needed

Despite the challenging economic conditions created by COVID-19, 2020 was a record year for clean energy development in the United States, with the country nearly doubling the capacity installed in 2019. By Katrina McLaughlin and Lori Bird World Resources Institute According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the U.S. installed 35 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable generating capacity in 2020, enough […]

June 17th