American Medical Association passes resolution on divesting from fossil fuels

by Todd L Sack, PSR Good news: The American Medical Association has passed a resolution calling on itself to divest from companies that get the majority of their income from fossil fuels. The resolution was written by PSR’s own Todd Sack (PSR National board member and PSR/Florida), and was passed with the help and support […]

Democratic National Committee bans fossil fuel industry contributions

by Nicole Gaudiano, USA TODAY The Democratic National Committee has banned contributions from political action committees representing the fossil fuel industry. The DNC’s executive committee on Saturday passed the resolution submitted by Christine Pelosi, a DNC member from California and the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. It requires no further action. The […]

Billions in U.S. solar projects shelved after Trump panel tariff

by Nichola Groom, Reuters President Donald Trump’s tariff on imported solar panels has led U.S. renewable energy companies to cancel or freeze investments of more than $2.5 billion in large installation projects, along with thousands of jobs, the developers told Reuters. That’s more than double the about $1 billion in new spending plans announced by […]

EPA Science Board votes to review Pruitt’s climate policy changes

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News The Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, in a rebuke to the Trump administration’s retreat on environmental protection, voted overwhelmingly Thursday in favor of a full board review of the agency’s most important actions to dismantle climate policy. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who appointed about 15 members of the 44-member […]

California regulators approve landmark utility ev-charging proposals

by Emma Foehringer Merchant, Greentech Media The California Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead Thursday to wide-ranging proposals from the state’s large investor-owned utilities to expand electric vehicle infrastructure and rebate programs with a total budget of more than $750 million. The approved plans mark the state’s largest investment in electrification to date and build […]

There’s one climate policy Trump might not hate

by Benjamin Hulac, E&E News Former President Obama took drafty windows to the woodshed in December 2009. He wanted to make a point about wasting energy, so he visited a Virginia Home Depot to try to make pink rolls of fiberglass a racy house dressing. “Insulation is sexy stuff,” Obama said. “If you saw $20 […]

Republican mayors push climate action without saying ‘climate change’

by Nicolas Gunkel, Grist Leadership in addressing climate change in the United States has shifted away from Washington, D.C. Cities across the country are organizing, networking, and sharing resources to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and tackle related challenges ranging from air pollution to heat island effects. But group photos at climate change summits typically […]

MidAmerican will be first to create enough wind energy to cover 100% of consumer use

by Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday it plans to invest $922 million in added wind-power capacity, equaling as much renewable energy as its customers use. “If the project is approved, it will allow our customers to get 100 percent of their annual energy use from a clean, renewable and cost-effective source,” […]

By getting serious about limiting global warming, the world could save itself more than $20 trillion

by Amina Khan, LA Times Fighting global warming is starting to sound like a lucrative investment. A new study out of Stanford University finds that keeping global warming a half-degree beneath the Paris climate agreement’s 2 degree Celsius target could potentially save more than $20 trillion globally. The findings, described in the journal Nature, go […]

This developer just won a fight to make California a massive coal exporter

by Jackie Flynn Mogensen, Mother Jones A federal judge ruled Tuesday to overturn a ban on coal shipping through Oakland, California—which could pave the way for the city’s port to become one of the largest coal-export facilities in the country. Judge Vince Chhabria determined Oakland’s coal-shipping ban, instituted in 2016, violates a contractual agreement between […]