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‘Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy’ shows transition to renewable energy future totally doable

Ditching fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy in order to keep warming below the 1.5ºC threshold is both “necessary and technically feasible.” That’s the conclusion of an analysis released Thursday entitled Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy. Produced by the University of Technology Sydney’s Institute for Sustainable Futures in cooperation with the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, the report states clearly […]

June 12th

‘Climate Denial Masquerading as Bipartisanship’: Progressives reject latest infrastructure “compromise”

The progressive rallying cry of “no climate, no deal” continued to gain steam Friday in response to the emerging details of a bipartisan infrastructure proposal that calls for just $580 billion in new spending, a sum that climate leaders in Congress and at the grassroots rejected as woefully inadequate. By Jake Johnson Common Dreams While the bipartisan group […]

June 12th

NYC electrification bill introduced

New York City legislators are seeking to further the city’s climate goals by essentially ending gas use in new buildings and major renovations, S&P Global reports. The legislation, introduced Thursday, would prohibit new and renovated buildings from burning fossil fuels through updates to the city’s building code. By Nexus Media News If adopted, the legislation […]

Why the low carbon transition may be much cheaper than models predict

To achieve net-zero emissions by mid-century, global energy systems must undergo a wholesale switch to low-carbon and energy-efficient technologies. However, many models used to chart this transition imply that there are benefits in delaying investment in these technologies, waiting instead for R&D to drive down costs over time. By Alexandra Poncia, Paul Drummond, and Prof Michael […]

The future of energy is bright and breezy: IEA forecasts huge growth in solar and wind

Climate campaigners and experts welcomed new renewable power projections released Tuesday by the Paris-based International Energy Agency. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the amount of renewable electricity capacity added last year soared by 45% to 280 gigawatts (GW), an increase that the IEA’s analysis expects to become the “new normal.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Driven […]

May 16th

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

What the Clean Energy for America Act gets right — and how it can improve

Under the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, tax credits for clean energy and technologies are expected to play an important role in achieving a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.The Clean Energy for America Act, introduced by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April 2021, takes vital steps toward streamlining the tax code and making clean energy tax […]

California’s new fossil fuel pledge – a half-measure, but still significant

Climate campaigners on Friday cautiously applauded California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s moves to cut off new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024 and evaluate phasing out oil production by 2045, while also stressing that the timeline still needs to be accelerated. By Kenny Stancil and Jessica Corbett  Common Dreams The embattled Democratic governor of the world’s fifth-largest economy directed the state […]

April 26th

California Gov Newsom takes action to ban fracking by Jan. 2024, phase out oil extraction by 2045

In a move previewed in a Politico report yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom today directed the  California Department of Conservation’s Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division to “initiate regulatory action to end the issuance of new permits for hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) by January 2024. In addition, Governor Newsom requested that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) “analyze pathways […]

April 24th