Green buildings saved renters $72M, Fannie Mae says

by Emily Chasan, Bloomberg Using energy-efficient light bulbs, low-flow toilets and environmentally friendly heating and cooling systems cut the utility bills of some 550,000 renters over the last six years, adding as much as $72 million in annual savings, according to a new report from Fannie Mae. The government-controlled mortgage giant recently published the first […]

San Francisco’s version of a Green New Deal is taking over its power company

by David R Baker, Bloomberg What happens when a famously left-leaning city dives into the buttoned-down business of electric utilities? San Francisco may soon find out. City officials are studying the possibility of creating their own utility out of the wreckage of PG&E Corp., the energy giant that filed for bankruptcy in January. The city […]

Here’s why Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kevin de León are teaming up on climate change

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, is joining forces with an influential Democrat to tackle one of California’s biggest problems: pollution from cars and trucks. The transportation sector is California’s largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gas pollution — and emissions are trending up, not down. But Schwarzenegger and Kevin de […]

US coal exports have second best year ever, as strong demand attracts buyers

by Andrew Moore, SP Global US coal exports totaled 104.9 million mt in 2018, up 19.3% from 2017 and the second highest total on record, according to US Census data out Wednesday. The 2018 total was second only to the 114.2 million mt exported in 2012. US producers benefited in 2018 from strong international markets, […]

Bloomberg: Our highest office, my deepest obligation

by Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg I’ve never made any secret of my belief that Donald Trump is a threat to our country. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, I said: “New Yorkers know a con when we see one.” Last fall I spent more than $100 million supporting Democrats in the midterm elections. Republicans in […]

Minnesota seeks 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050

by Steve Karnowski, Lacrosse Tribune Gov. Tim Walz set an ambitious goal Monday for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050, though his plan was short on specifics of how to meet that target. Walz said his clean energy proposals would put Minnesota at the forefront of addressing climate […]

Tackling consumption to tackle climate change

by Jason Hickel, The Guardian When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their latest report in October, the message was stark: if the planet wants to avert dangerous climate breakdown, we need to cut emissions in half by 2030, and hit net zero by the middle of the century. It would be difficult […]

Andrew Wheeler confirmed as the nation’s 15th EPA administrator

by Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost Andrew Wheeler has been confirmed as the nation’s 15th administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Senate voted 52-47 to confirm the former coal lobbyist, who has served as acting EPA chief since former Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics scandals last July. In a statement posted […]

Want a Green New Deal? Here’s a better one.

by Editorial Board, Washington Post We favor a Green New Deal to save the planet. We believe such a plan can be efficient, effective, focused and achievable. The Green New Deal proposed by congressional Democrats does not meet that test. Its proponents, led by Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), are […]

Wall Street is more than willing to fund the Green New Deal

by Katia Dmitrieva and Emily Chasan, Bloomberg Even before Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, introduced their Feb. 7 resolution outlining a “Green New Deal,” members of both parties were calling the idea unrealistic or worse. Republican Mike Simpson of Idaho, who sits on the House Appropriations […]