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USDA staff were coached not to say ‘climate change,’ emails show

Four days after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, an official at the Department of Agriculture sent an email, the first in a string of messages signaling to staff that the term “climate change” could soon be erased from the agency’s vocabulary. “It has become clear one of the previous administration’s priorities is […]

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Pipeline payday: How builders win big, whether more gas is needed or not

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News The real fight over America’s energy future isn’t in coal, despite the Trump administration’s public focus on a mining revival. Rather, dozens of pipeline projects, making up one of the largest expansions of natural gas infrastructure in U.S. history, are where the fossil fuel action is. At a cost of […]

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Court ruling on HFCS deals another blow to Paris climate goals

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News The federal appeals court’s ruling this week striking down an Obama-era rule on air conditioning and refrigeration gases deals another significant blow to hopes of the U.S. reaching its target under the Paris climate accord. The 2015 rule would have restricted the manufacturing of products containing hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. It […]

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Old tire plant in Hanford gets new life, and electric-car buyers could be interested

by Bonhia Lee, The Fresno Bee Faraday Future plans to make luxury electric cars in the old Pirelli tire factory in Hanford. The Los Angeles-based start-up company announced Monday that it had signed a lease for the 1 million-square-foot manufacturing plant. Hanford “offered us a facility with all the infrastructure in place to help improve our […]

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Tell Gap, Disney & Pepsi: Stop funding anti-climate U.S. Chamber of Commerce

by Credo Action When Donald Trump backed out of the Paris climate agreement, it was no surprise that he cited a bogus anti-climate study funded by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, an extremist, right-wing lobby group in the pocket of Big Oil that regularly denies the science of climate change. What is surprising, though, are […]

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Metro agrees to buy 95 electric buses, in the first step toward an emissions-free fleet

by Laura J. Nelson and Emily Alpert Reyes, LA Times In the first step toward a new goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2030, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed Thursday to spend more than $138 million to buy 95 electric buses that will run on two Los Angeles County busways. The purchases from New Flyer of […]

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‘Stop lying to the people’ on climate change, Schwarzenegger tells Republicans

by Christopher Cadelago, Fresno Bee SAN FRANCISCO-Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday slammed President Donald Trump’s retreat from the world climate stage and challenged fellow Republicans to accept the science that spurred him to push cap-and-trade legislation. Schwarzenegger held up the bipartisan legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Treasure Island as a powerful […]

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Madison navigates partnership with utility as it pursues 100 percent clean energy goal

by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News On March 21, Madison’s city council signed a resolution committing the city to power 100 percent of its operations with clean energy. The resolution was especially notable since the utility serving Madison gets almost half of its power from coal, and several years ago was among Wisconsin utilities making national […]

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Gas plant makers embrace batteries with hybrid machines

by Peter Maloney, Utility Dive New offerings from turbine manufacturers are blurring the line in the debate about whether or not an energy storage facility can replace gas-fired peaking plants. Earlier this month, Wartsila signed a memorandum of understanding with Southern Co. to develop two flexible gas-fired power projects. The MOU coincides with Wartsila’s acquisition […]

Permafrost Thaw

Permafrost thawing in Siberia bringing with it anthrax outbreaks & huge methane explosions

by James Ayre, Clean technica The ongoing melting of permafrost in Siberia has brought with it some very strange events — including the creation of massive methane blowout craters. In addition to the — sometimes catastrophically violent — release of methane from the previously frozen tundra, the melting has also been accompanied by the return […]