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Coal is dying. India shuts down 37 mines. Thanks, Obama

It’s an article of faith in certain quarters that the only reason coal miners are out of jobs in West Virginia is because Obama hated coal and throttled it with “job-killing regulations.” The reality: The market killed coal. Natural gas and renewables are cheaper, plus coal is dirty and toxic. Nobody wants coal but Trump, […]

June 23rd

Conservative and GOP groups SUPPORT the Paris Climate Agreement

As we deal with the fallout of Trump’s abandonment of America’s climate commitments through the Paris Agreement, it’s important to remember that he does NOT speak for all Americans. Many conservative voices also oppose this destructive move. By Jeremy Bloom CONSERVAMERICA …Climate change is a global problem that requires American leadership. The United States has […]

June 2nd

By dumping the Paris Climate Agreement, Trump hands world leadership to China

If the world can’t rely on the United States to be positively involved in the most existential crisis facing human society, when can the world rely on the USA? By Zachary Shahan  One of the first articles I published after the US presidential election in November was this one: “How China (+ Russia) Could Shift […]

June 2nd

American exceptionalism of the worst kind – Trump dumps Paris Climate Agreement

Pr*sident Donald Trump—the man who lied about all the environmental awards he has received and vacillated between being a total numbskull on climate change and just another opportunist who bends with the wind as long as it doesn’t mean erecting turbines within sight of his golf courses—told the world Thursday what has been expected with trepidation since November […]

June 1st

Renewable energy is an unstoppable wave, says Financial Times

With more then 2.2 million readers a day, the Financial Times is the newspaper of record for economists, business leaders, and government policy makers worldwide. On May 18, its lead story was entitled: The Big Green Bang: How Renewable Energy Became Unstoppable. by Steve Hanley   The Financial Times tells the story of Torotrak, a British […]

May 26th

2016 Goldman Environmental Prize announced (under shadow of murder of 2015 recipient, Berta Cáceres)

By Meteor Blades The Goldman Environmental Foundation announced Monday the six recipients of its annual Goldman Environmental Prize, the largest eco-related prize in the world. The prize, established in 1989 by the late civic philanthropists Richard and Rhoda Goldman, is also known as the Green Nobel. Chosen to represent Earth’s different geographic zones, each prize recipient will receive $175,000, no strings attached. It’s not unusual […]

April 18th

More Nails in Nuclear’s Coffin

I was quite pleased to find out today that the Kewaunee nuclear-power plant in Wisconsin will close next year. Partly I was happy because the owner of this plant is Dominion Resources, which is trying to decide if it wants to build another reactor near my home in Louisa County, Virginia. Dominion stepping out of […]

October 26th

UN chief says world environmental model is a “Global suicide pact”

Harsh words from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon. Speaking to world economic and political leaders in Davos, Switzerland, he said we need a revolution in environmental thinking or face global disaster. “Let me highlight the one resource that is scarcest of all: Time. We are running out of time. Time to tackle climate change. Time […]

January 31st