California legislation proposes ban on gas cars by 2040

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Assemblyman Phil Ting, who represents the city of San Francisco in the California legislature, has filed a bill that would allow only zero-emissions cars to be sold in the Golden State beginning in 2040. As radical as that may seem, it is fully in line with initiatives in several other […]

Clean energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology

by Erica Gies, Insideclimate News As President Donald Trump moved to roll back environmental protections and foster a boom in fossil fuel energy production, his administration effectively abandoned the race for global leadership in slowing global warming. But in many ways, the transformation of the energy economy in a new, green direction continued apace in […]

It’s not too late: A climate change new year’s resolution

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News How’s this for a New Year’s resolution: Act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—while there’s still time to prevent a level of global warming that would make parts of the planet too hot to inhabit, melt glaciers that provide water to billions, flood many of the world’s coastal cities and […]

How Utilities Charged Consumers $40 Billion for Failed Power Plants

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media Good journalism is more important than ever. In our last episode of the year, we’re choosing our favorite energy reporting of 2017. We’ll start off with a conversation about a damning investigative piece on how U.S. utilities put ratepayers on the hook for $40 billion in failed coal and nuke […]

Fracking study finds low birth weights near natural gas drilling sites

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News Babies born near hydraulic fracturing sites are 25 percent more likely to have a low birth weight than those born only a few kilometers away, a new study of more than 1 million births in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region concludes. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, provides […]

Can car-sharing culture help fuel an electric vehicle revolution?

by Lyndsey Gilpin, Insideclimate News Twenty Nissan Leafs are scattered at electric charging stations across Chattanooga, Tennessee. At first glance, the compact electric cars may seem like they’re already owned, but they’re actually for public use—and as easy to access as a bike share. Users just have to download the city’s electric car-sharing service Green […]

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

by Ryan Maye Handy, Chron Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind […]

Cities line up to join LA County’s new clean-energy provider

by Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze A new Los Angeles County program that promises members cheaper electricity rates and cleaner power is catching on quickly. Sixteen cities have signed on to the fledgling Los Angeles Community Choice Energy, founded in April with a directive by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The nonprofit program offers Southern California […]

Say goodbye to Southern California Edison? Coachella Valley eyes new electricity providers

by Sammy Roth, The Desert Sun Riverside County residents may soon be able to buy electricity from a government-run energy program, at lower rates than those offered by Southern California Edison — depending on what state regulators decide next summer. The county’s board of supervisors voted Tuesday to submit a plan to state officials to […]

Thousands of scientists issue bleak ‘second notice’ to humanity

by Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post In late 1992, 1,700 scientists from around the world issued a dire “warning to humanity.” They said humans had pushed Earth’s ecosystems to their breaking point and were well on the way to ruining the planet. The letter listed environmental impacts like they were biblical plagues — stratospheric ozone […]