Trump budget plan targets climate science, clean energy innovation for deep cuts

by Zahra Hirji, Georgina Gustin, and Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News Research and development in clean cars and renewable energy would be slashed more than 70 percent, NASA climate programs would be cut, and EPA would lose 31 percent. President Donald Trump‘s budget plan for fiscal year 2018 systematically takes a knife to climate research and programs […]

GOP fails to kill methane rule in a Capitol Hill defeat for oil and gas industry

by Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News The rule limits venting and flaring gas, a move the Obama administration estimated would prevent 180,000 tons of methane from leaking into the atmosphere every year. The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid to overturn an Obama-era rule that limits climate-warming methane leaks from oil and gas operations on […]

China and India make big strides on climate change

by the Editorial Board, New York Times Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources — and reduced their reliance on […]

A California regulator’s curious crusade to remake the Clean Air Act

The below article by Jim Morris and Sasha Khokha of the California Report, KQED speaks to the environmental justice issues that the Central Valley is facing – and how much Community Choice Energy could benefit the people there. The Center for Climate Protection is working with partners in the Central Valley to try to forward […]

Virginia governor signs 11 energy bills, including solar, energy storage and pumped hydro

by Danielle Ola, PV Tech Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bills earlier this week that promote solar and other renewable energy resources such as pumped hydro. The bills include proposals for establishing a community solar pilot project, include energy storage in the mission of the state solar development authority and increase the size of clean […]

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New York threatens to spoil Trump’s push for fossil fuels

by Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg Forget the climate warriors of California. The state best positioned to spoil Donald Trump’s plan to unleash America’s fossil-fuel resources may be New York. In the past year, New York regulators have blocked two major natural gas pipelines — a $455 million proposal by National Fuel Gas Co. and a $925 million one from Williams Partners […]

Marches for Science and Climate beg question: Why march?

by Laurie-Ann Barbour, Center for Climate Protection I was proud to be part of the March for Science in Santa Rosa on Earth Day – one of over 600 marches around the world highlighting the importance of science for everyone.  The marches sent a message to the current administration about the value of scientific research […]

The March for Science, explained

by Brian Resnick, Vox Thousands will demonstrate on Saturday in the name of evidence-based decision-making. Brace yourself, DC: The nerds are marching in. On Earth Day, April 22, thousands of people will descend on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and take to the streets in cities across the globe — in the name of […]

Great Barrier Reef at ‘terminal stage’: scientists despair at latest coral bleaching data

by the guardian Back-to-back severe bleaching events have affected two-thirds of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, new aerial surveys have found. The findings have caused alarm among scientists, who say the proximity of the 2016 and 2017 bleaching events is unprecedented for the reef, and will give damaged coral little chance to recover. Scientists with the […]

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Coal companies ask Trump to stick with Paris deal – for their own interests

by Valerie Volcovici, Reuters Some big American coal companies have advised President Donald Trump’s administration to break his promise to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement — arguing that the accord could provide their best forum for protecting their global interests. Remaining in the global deal to combat climate change will […]