California’s big three utilities submit proposals to increase access to EV infrastructure

by Tom Ewing, chargedevs.com January 20 was an important day for transportation electrification in California. That was the deadline for the state’s three major investor-owned utilities (IOUs) to submit applications for major upgrades to electric transportation infrastructure. California’s Senate Bill 350 (2015) requires the IOUs to establish programs that will increase “access to the use […]

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The irreversible rise of the clean economy in 2017

by Nigel Topping, GreenBiz.com In this new monthly column, We Mean Business, a global coalition of non-profit organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses, shows how industries are accelerating the transition to a zero-carbon economy. The path to a low-carbon economy faces strong headwinds in the year ahead, due in part to […]

Climate Leadership Forum

October 12 and 13 the Bay Area Air Quality Management District focused on innovation at the Climate Forward Leadership Forum. It was an opportunity for Bay Area leaders to come together and have a robust and positive exchange about how to to reduce climate impacts and stimulate economic development and growth. It sparked climate conversation in […]

Military Leaders Urge Trump to See Climate as a Security Threat

By Erika Bolstad, ClimateWire on November 15, 2016 Dozens of military and defense experts advised the president-elect that global warming should transcend politics It may well end up in the paper shredder, but a bipartisan group of defense experts and former military leaders sent Donald Trump’s transition team a briefing book urging the president-elect to […]

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It’s Not Just Clean Air: Electric Cars Can Save the US Billions

by Aarian Marshall, Wired.com IT’S HARD TO get a handle on the ugly, smoggy implications of this nation’s dependence on fossil fuel-burning cars. Deaths from pollution and climate change tend to pile up slowly, in asthma attacks, flood fatalities, and respiratory illnesses. But you, me, the kids, the politicians—everyone is suffering the effects of passenger […]

Month of unprecedented global cooperation on climate change

October has been a remarkable month for global cooperation on climate change mitigation.  Three landmark agreements illustrate a new willingness to work together to tackle the problem. October 5th: Paris Agreement reached threshold to take effect November 4th October 6th: New accord to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation established October 15th: Deal to phase out […]

McKibben says there’s nothing radical about climate protection

Bill McKibben, a world leader on climate protection, spoke at Sonoma State University on October 19. For me he proved the value of preaching to the choir. I came away completely inspired. Highlights of what McKibben said: The most important thing an individual can do is not be so much of an individual. It’s not […]

Electric vehicle ownership just got even better

Sonoma Clean Power has recently launched a new, $2.5 million venture to help people buy electric vehicles and install at-home charging stations.  The measure will target the largest source of pollution in Sonoma County, tailpipe emissions. Starting October 27 and through January 5, Sonoma Clean Power will offer its customers $2,500 discounts — on a first-come, first-served […]

American climate attitudes, global response, and what works

The Center for Climate Protection (CCP) has operated for years on the premise that local control of energy resources is key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. This is specifically because of the uncertainty of action at the federal level as the political tables turn at election times. CCP has coupled this tactic […]

Around the world in an electric vehicle

Sonoma County resident Alan Soule recently completed a circumnavigation of the globe, driving the entire route in his electric car. Driving from Barcelona westward, Mr. Soule crossed 20 countries and covered almost 16,000 miles without consuming a single drop of gasoline. Mr. Soule represented our nation as Team USA, participating in the 80-eDays challenge, in […]