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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

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

‘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

Mark Jacobson talks to Resilience about the transition to 100% renewable energy

This interview with Mark Jacobson, conducted by Adam Aron, took place on May 24, 2021. By Adam Aron, Mark Jacobson Resilience.org AA: I’m interested in what you have to say about demand reduction. There’s been a rapid rise of renewable energy and it’s going to accelerate even more, but total energy use for the world accelerates much faster. […]

June 7th

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

Infrastructure: Cyberattack-induced shutdown of major US pipeline renews calls for clean energy

After the largest gasoline pipeline in the U.S. was shut down over the weekend due to a crippling cyberattack, environmentalists said Monday the situation is just further reason why the dirty and dangerous fossil fuel industry should be left behind in favor of a transition to clean energy. By Jenna McGuire Common Dreams “The ongoing shutdown of the Colonial pipeline is […]

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.   […]

Dingell and Markey introduce $10 trillion THRIVE Act to tackle ‘Our biggest emergencies’

On the heels of President Joe Biden unveiling the second prong of his infrastructure proposal, progressives in Congress came together Thursday to formally introduce sweeping legislation that would invest $10 trillion over a decade in advancing climate, economic, and racial justice while putting 15 million people nationwide to work. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Rep. […]

May 3rd

Earth Day Action: Can you help to keep the lights on at Red GREEN and Blue?

If you’d like to make a donation to a worthy cause on this 51st Earth Day… For the past ten years, I’ve been editing and publishing RedGREENandBlue.org, a website that brings together progressive and conservative voices in favor of climate change action. Unfortunately, with the current coronavirus economic meltdown, we’ve lost our primary funding source. So […]

April 22nd

US cities bought more renewable energy than ever in 2020 – here’s how

As the world reels from the financial blow of COVID-19, local governments in the United States are under huge pressure as cities and counties face severe budget shortfalls. This is forcing cuts to crucial spending on education and infrastructure as well as layoffs, furloughs and hiring freezes. Losing critical funds could have seriously hindered U.S. local governments’ continued progress […]

April 9th

Growth of solar, wind, and other renewable energy smashed records in 2020

Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that global renewable energy capacity grew by more than 260 gigawatts (GW) last […]

April 9th

Technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down emissions fast – here’s how

To avert the worst effects of climate change, global greenhouse gas emissions should fall at faster rates than they have risen for over a century. Economies must essentially turn on a dime and then move quickly toward a carbon-free future. By Jessika E. Trancik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Conversation In the U.S., the Biden-Harris […]

April 7th

The US needs a macrogrid to move electricity from areas that make it to areas that need it

Many kinds of extreme events can disrupt electricity service, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, extreme heat, extreme cold and extended droughts. Major disasters can leave thousands of people in the dark. The Texas deep freeze in February knocked out 40% of the state’s electric generating capacity. James D. McCalley, Iowa State University The Conversation During […]

April 6th

Solar swells as coal collapses: Analysis shows rapid shift to renewables underway

The nation’s transition from dirty to renewable energy is “nearing exponential growth”—a shift set to usher in “transformative” impacts within a handful of years. So declares the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) in its “U.S. Power Sector Outlook 2021” report released Wednesday. By Andrea Germanos Common Dreams Among the key findings (pdf) are that […]

April 5th