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Clean energy jobs: Here’s how we can make a just transition to a zero-carbon world.

The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world. But what about the people and communities whose livelihoods, right now, depend on the fossil fuel or other high-carbon sectors? An estimated 6 million jobs in coal-powered electricity, petroleum extraction and other sectors could […]

August 29th

Jobs in renewable energy fared better than other sectors in 2020

Employment in renewable energy and battery-related sectors was far more resilient to the shock of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to an annual DOE report released Monday. Overall, one in 10 U.S. energy workers lost their jobs in 2020, with oil and gas workers hit hardest despite billions in bailouts and substantial payouts to executives. […]

July 21st

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

How world leaders’ high-carbon travel choices could delay climate action

When UK prime minister Boris Johnson took a one-hour flight to Cornwall for the G7 summit, he was criticised for being the latest example of a world leader sending the wrong signals through their travel choices. By Steve Westlake, Cardiff University The Conversation Rather than being the only practical choice, or an oversight, taking the […]

June 19th

EU Green Week: G7 nations STILL spending billions more on fossil fuels than renewables

Even as officials prepare for the G7 summit where seven of the world’s richest nations will reportedly discuss climate action and a “green recovery” from the Covid-19 pandemic, a new report reveals that those same countries poured tens of billions of dollars more into fossil fuels in the last year than they spent supporting renewable […]

June 3rd

US approves its first big offshore wind farm, near Martha’s Vineyard – it’s a breakthrough for the industry

The United States’ offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe’s have run into long delays, but that may be about to change. By Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Matthew Lackner, University of Massachusetts Amherst […]

Developing countries need to chart their own course to net zero emissions

Translating complex climate science into language people understand has always been difficult. At various times, the aim of different climate policies has been holding average global temperature rise to 2°C or 1.5°C, or ensuring emissions peak by a particular year. Net zero targets are the most recent attempt to simplify the climate crisis in order […]

Australia: This $1 billion energy deal promises to cut emissions and secure jobs. So why on earth is gas included?

In case you missed it, a major A$1 billion energy deal between the Morrison and the South Australian government was revealed recently. The bilateral deal represents a key driver for the national economic recovery from COVID. It promises to provide jobs in the energy sector and contribute to South Australia achieving net 100% renewables by […]

Keep it clean: 660+ groups call on Democrats to reject false climate solutions for Clean Energy Standard

With federal lawmakers and the White House working on a historic infrastructure package, more than 660 progressive groups on Wednesday demanded that top Democrats in Congress “reject gas and other false climate solutions” and instead push for a total transition to renewable energy to address the global climate emergency. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The […]

May 13th

6 innovative ways to fund climate action and equity in US cities

U.S. city budgets are tighter than ever due to COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden, will provide some relief in the near term, while the proposed American Jobs Plan offers a tantalizing vision of federal infrastructure investments that could drive local climate action and equity nationwide.   […]

Wind and solar defy covid pandemic contraction and have stellar year

While the U.S. economy plunged into recession last year, with at least 25 million Americans now unemployed, furloughed, or working for less pay than before the coronavirus struck in February 2020, there were record-breaking new installations of renewable energy sources. By Meteor Blades Installations already operating generated 20% of all electricity produced in the U.S. in 2020, according to Bloomberg New […]

February 26th

Is Energy Still a “Natural Monopoly”? — Episode 109 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

In this episode of the Local Energy Rules Podcast, we feature host John Farrell’s interview with Scott Hempling for ILSR’s Building Local Power podcast. Scott Hempling is an author, expert witness, lawyer, and law professor specializing in utility regulatory issues. Their discussion covers the changing ideas around natural monopolies, the consolidation of such monopolies in recent years, […]

August 6th

Yes we can! Reducing carbon emissions without hurting growth

Between 2005 and 2017, 41 U.S. states and the District of Columbia reduced their energy-related carbon dioxide emissions while increasing real gross domestic product, debunking the myth that economic growth can only occur by compromising the health of the planet. By Devashree Saha and Joel Jaeger World Resources Institute In a new report, America’s New Climate Economy, we […]

August 5th

Congressional GOP demands free market solutions for solar innovation, then complains about the free market

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was a Republican bill, passed by a Republican-controlled Congress, and signed by Republican President George W. Bush. It created a program in the Department of Energy to give loans to “help support innovative energy projects to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution.” By Climate Denier Roundup It’s an example of a conservative […]

With misleading “Renewable” moniker, gas industry greenwashes its way into the future

In recent months, campaigns to electrify buildings have really hit their stride, with just over thirty cities so far having committed to banning gas in buildings, and requiring all new buildings to use electricity for things like heat and cooking instead. Meanwhile, the ongoing pandemic and global price war means that “oil and gas companies in the […]