There’s now an official Green New Deal. Here’s what’s in it.

by David Roberts, Vox The Green New Deal has become an incredibly hot item on the political agenda, but to date, it has remained somewhat ill defined. It’s a broad enough concept that everyone can read their aspirations into it, which has been part of its strength, but it has also left discussion in something […]

As Congress launches month of climate hearings, GOP bashes Green New Deal

by Nicholas Kusnetz and John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News With Democrats now in charge, two key committees in the U.S. House of Representatives used their first hearings of the year on Wednesday to press for more vigorous action on climate change, despite the political and practical hurdles. Democrats and their witnesses, including governors, policy […]

Don’t look now, but the House just woke up to the cost of climate inaction

by Paola Rosa-Aquino, Grist A bunch of Republicans and Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives got together and came to a shocking bipartisan agreement: Climate change is a thing. And boy is it going to cost us. A newly-minted subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held its first hearing on Wednesday, looking […]

These governors are showing what happens when you campaign on climate action and win

by David Roberts, Vox Since climate change was first introduced to US politics, most attention and debate have focused on a federal solution, but most actual policy progress has taken place at the state level. States are where everything from cap-and-trade systems to renewable energy mandates have actually become law. And so it remains today. […]

U.S. intelligence officials warn climate change is a worldwide threat

by Neela Banerjee, InsideClimate News The nation’s intelligence community warned in its annual assessment of worldwide threats that climate change and other kinds of environmental degradation pose risks to global stability because they are “likely to fuel competition for resources, economic distress, and social discontent through 2019 and beyond.” Released Tuesday, the Worldwide Threat Assessment […]

Welcome new BCE members Jag Solar Electric and WORK Petaluma

Jag Solar Electric has joined Business for Clean Energy as a Solar Sonoma County qualified vendor.  Founded by Ali Ghorbani, a solar professional since 2009, Jag Solar provides the full spectrum of photovoltaic system services: initial consultation, design, engineering, installation, and inspection of existing systems. Possessing both electrical and solar contractor’s licenses, Ali also installs […]

New governors target climate change from day one in vulnerable great lakes region

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Climate change poses risks to the economy and identity of a Great Lakes landscape, much of it defined by bountiful farms, pine forests and clear waters. But political leaders haven’t always treated it that way. That’s starting to change as a wave of new governors and attorneys general take office […]

US off track to reach climate goals as oil and gas production expand

by Emily Holden, The Guardian The US could become a net energy exporter by next year as oil and gas production expands, according to new projections from the Energy Information Administration. America is becoming increasingly reliant on natural gas – a fossil fuel that contributes to climate change but less so than coal. Solar power […]

Sweden passes bill to ban new ICE car sales by 2030

by Bridie Schmidt, The Drive Sweden is joining Scandinavian neighbours Denmark and Norway in the push to ensure a transition to zero emissions transport, passing a bill last week that will see the sale of new petrol and diesel cars banned from 2030. The bill, which was announced by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in a […]

Texas grid operator reports fuel mix is now 30% carbon-free

by Jeff St. John, Greentech Media Texas may be the center of the U.S. oil and gas industry, but the latest data shows that the state’s competitive energy market is increasingly favoring clean energy over fossil fuel alternatives. New information from state grid operator ERCOT shows that carbon-free resources made up more than 30 percent […]