Posted in Analysis Infrastructure Sustainability

With enough political will, all new US car and truck sales can be electric by 2035: study says

“Every year America stalls… we miss the ever-narrowing window to address the climate crisis and ensure a livable planet.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, April 15, 2021 A study released Thursday morning by researchers at…

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A view of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's Pine Tree Wind Farm and Solar Power Plant in the Tehachapi Mountains on March 23, 2021 in Kern County.
Posted in Energy News Sustainability

Renewable energy smashes records in 2020

‘A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope “There is a huge amount to be done… The international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer…

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Posted in Climate change News Sustainability

Cancel all coal projects to have ‘fighting chance’ against climate crisis, says UN chief

“Phasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with the 1.5 degree goal.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Wednesday, March 3, 2021   Emphasizing that the world…

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Posted in Agriculture Citizen Wealth Community

The Gift of Ecological Humility

These Afro-Indigenous practices challenge ideas of human supremacy. “I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 by Leah Penniman…

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Savannah and Sam Peyton, who were without power for days last week, huddle in multiple layers under a sleeping bag at their home in Austin, Texas, on Thursday night, Feb. 18, 2021. Temperatures plummeted to the teens and single digits across Texas, and at least 58 have died in storm-affected areas across the country from causes including carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia. Credit: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times/Redux
Posted in Accountability Analysis Energy Pro Publica

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers. by Jeremy Schwartz, Kiah Collier and Vianna Davila, ProPublica/Tx Tribune Tuesday, February 23,…

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Posted in Columns Sustainability Vandana Shiva

Reclaiming our common home: expand the commons to include everything we need

Ecological civilization is based on the consciousness that we are part of the Earth, not her masters, conquerors, or owners. by Vandana Shiva Thursday, February 18, 2021 The path to an ecological civilization is paved by…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Plastic

Planet Plastic

The vast tonnage of this trash increases every minute, with an afterlife lasting centuries. by Jim Hightower, Other Words January 27, 2021 What do your toothbrush and your running shoes have in common? Plastic. We now…

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Dakota Access Pipeline petition

Tell President Biden to shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline. Visit https://earthjustice.org/action/shut-… or text NoDAPL to 43428. A film by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Earthjustice Written and Directed by Josué Rivas Narrated by Grace…

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Posted in Climate change Energy News Sustainability

Biden praised for pause on drilling leases

“Let’s Turn This ‘Temporary Halt’ to Permanent Ban” “The federal oil and gas program is nothing but an injustice,” said Jeremy Nichols of WildEarth Guardians. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, January 21 President Joe Biden…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Sustainability

Cheaper solar power means low-income families can also benefit – with the right kind of help

“Until recently, rooftop solar panels were a clean energy technology that only wealthy Americans could afford. But prices have dropped, thanks mostly to falling costs for hardware, as well as price declines for installation and other…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News

Trump’s big gamble to gut US power plant emissions rules fails in court, opening door for powerful new climate rules

by Daniel Farber, University of California, Berkeley Wednesday, January 20, 2021 The day before Joe Biden’s inauguration, he got a big judicial win for his climate agenda. The case involved plans for cutting power plant emissions…

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Posted in Air Polution Climate change News

Federal Court Strikes Down Trump Coal Power Plant Rule

‘Major Win for the Planet’ “This decision frees up the new Biden administration to begin working immediately on the science-based greenhouse pollution rules we desperately need to make up for lost time.” by Andrea Germanos, staff…

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Posted in Climate change News Pipelines Water

Arrests in Minnesota after Water Protectors chain themselves inside pipe section to halt Line 3 construction

“Enbridge’s last-ditch effort to build fossil fuel infrastructure is killing people and the planet.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Thursday, January 14 Water protectors were arrested Thursday after halting construction at a Minnesota worksite for Enbridge’s…

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Posted in Climate change First Peoples News News Pipelines

Indigenous women urge Biden to stop pipelines and respect Treaty Rights

“Joe Biden, we are asking you to stand on the right side of history and humanity by putting an immediate end to the deadly pipelines destroying our Earth, our communities, and all life.” by Jessica Corbett,…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change News

Climate Emergency persists as 2020 ties for earth’s hottest year on record

“It took over 200 years for [atmospheric CO2] levels to increase by 25%, but now just over 30 years later we are approaching a 50% increase.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, January 8, 2021 Highlighting…

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Posted in Green Jobs Green New Deal Labor News

Climate groups call on Biden to nominate Andy Levin as Labor Secretary

“He has a long record of fighting for working people, and understands the climate imperative but knows the transition won’t happen without proper buy-in and support.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Wednesday, December 23, 2020 Highlighting…

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Posted in Analysis Environment Sustainability Water

In a last-minute rule change, the Trump administration rolls back water-saving standards for showerheads

by Robert Glennon, University of Arizona Saturday, December 19, 2020 For more than 25 years, Congress has directed U.S. government agencies to set energy and water efficiency standards for many new products. These measures conserve resources…

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Posted in Climate change Environment News

‘Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency?’ Asks UN Chief at Climate Summit

“If we don’t change course,” he warned, “we may be headed for a catastrophic temperature rise of more than 3 degrees this century.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Sunday, December 13, 2020 World leaders aren’t doing…

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Posted in Analysis Climate change Sustainability

5 years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions

Even if every country meets its commitments, the world will still be on track to warm by more than 3 degrees Celsius this century, a new UNEP report shows.  Kevin Frayer/Getty Images by  Morgan Bazilian, Colorado…

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Posted in Analysis Government OtherWords

Corporations paying lawmakers to outlaw protest is a crime against democracy

More communities are standing up to pipelines. The fossil fuel industry wants to make that a felony. We need to push for “Protesters’ Bills of Rights” in state legislatures to codify the right to protest. by…

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Posted in Analysis Energy Pipelines Pro Publica

Federal regulators are rewriting environmental rules so a massive pipeline can be built

Federal regulators and West Virginia agencies are rewriting environmental rules again to pave the way for construction of a major natural gas pipeline across Appalachia, even after an appeals court blocked the pipeline for the second…

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Posted in Columns Energy Sustainability Wade Rathke

Biodiesel, before and after

by Wade Rathke December 7, 2020 New Orleans   Over a decade ago, ACORN stumbled into an offer that seemed exciting as a progressive experiment. Friends and relatives of friends and comrades had been bitten by…

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Posted in Analysis Plastic Sustainability The Revelator

5 things to know about plastic pollution and how to stop it

Researchers continue to find new information about how widespread plastic pollution has become, but also how we can help stem the tide. by Tara Lohan, The Revelator December 3, 2020   Our plastic pollution problem has…

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Posted in Columns Economy Wade Rathke

New bosses different than the old bosses?

by Wade Rathke December 5, 2020 Pearl River   Some of the issues for significantly recalibrating US efforts on climate and energy seem the same, but Northeastern Professor Jennie Stephens brings some different twists to them…

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