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Republicans break ranks with pledge to fight climate change

by Eric Roston, Bloomberg The resolution has been floated before, but this year things are very different. Seventeen conservative Republican members of Congress—10 of them in their first or second terms—are bucking long-time party positions and the new occupant of the White House. They announced on Wednesday that they’re supporting a clear statement about the […]

What slashing the EPA’s budget by one-quarter would really mean

by Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News The agency’s funding would fall to its lowest point since the Ford administration, and climate change efforts, some little known, are expected to suffer deeply. The Trump Administration’s proposed slashing of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget threatens to reduce the agency’s resources to levels not seen since its formative […]

The EPA’s science office removed “science” from its mission statement

by Emily Atkin, New Republic When President Donald Trump took office in late January, his administration began tweaking the language on government websites. Some of the more prominent changes occurred on Environmental Protection Agency pages—a mention of human-caused climate change was deleted, as was a description of international climate talks. The shifts were small, but […]

Long-duration battery boom spurs over 300 MWh of storage additions in 2016

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive Energy storage developers installed 336 MWh in 2016, doubling the volume rolled out the year before. The marked increase was driven by a record-breaking fourth quarter, when more than 200 MWh came online. According to new analysis from GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association, the late rush of installations were […]

Solar power now least expensive source of electricity in 58 emerging economies

by Steve Hanley, Solar Love Solar power is now the least expensive source of electricity on average in 58 emerging economies around the world, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Why is that important? Many of those countries are part of the developing world, places where, until recently, people have been living in conditions barely […]

Why Democrats and Republicans are both right on climate

By Daniel Kammen, Scientific American Over the past two years, two thoughtful, innovative, and dramatically different plans to address global warming have been presented to the American public by the Democratic and the Republican Parties. Both plans would move the nation significantly toward a sustainable future. The first, the Clean Power Plan (CPP), introduced by […]

How electric utilities could revive their sagging fortunes and decarbonize the country

by David Roberts, Vox.com It’s all about electrification. These are gloomy times for electric utilities. After more than a century of fairly steady and predictable growth, they have entered stagnant waters. Demand for electricity is sluggish. Distributed energy resources (solar panels, batteries, etc.) are chipping away at their market share. Climate activists are always yelling […]

Former Supervisor Efren Carrillo joins board of Center for Climate Protection

by J.D. Morris, Press Democrat Former Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has joined the board of the Center for Climate Protection, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit group focused on combating climate change. Carrillo stepped down from his seat, representing western Sonoma County, on the Board of Supervisors after the end of his second term in December. […]