February 17th, 2020 | by Zachary Shahan
Ah, man. It's annoying as heck to see people who you think are idiots screw up a topic you know well, but it's an extra special kind of annoying when brilliant people screw up — massively — on that same topic. In this edition of "Smart people who don't understand the energy industry of 2020," we've got Fareed Zakaria of
February 10th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his discussion with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the climate action plans (and other political matters) of current presidential candidates. This second part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and the evolution (or devolution) in the Democratic Party and Republican Party
February 9th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about the climate action plans of current presidential candidates. This first part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing the Kamala Harris campaign (RIP) and Mike Bloomberg's unique entry and position
February 3rd, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
Washington, D.C.—Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) applauded the first legislative proposal for a nationwide ban on fracking for natural gas and related operations, including extraction, processing, transport and export
December 27th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna
Clean, renewable energy means big changes for the way that the US funds the energy sector
November 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
With Buttigieg surging, and CleanTechnica’s deep dives into the front runners (and Yang’s) plans completed, it’s time for the overview comparison, now with Mayor Pete added
November 7th, 2019 | by Winter Wilson
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his conversation with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the role of climate change plans and policies in the 2020 presidential election. You can listen to the full conversation in the embedded player below. Below that embedded SoundCloud player is a brief summarization of the topics covered, but tune into the podcast to follow the full discussion
November 7th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Pete Buttigieg's climate action plan is not nearly as strong as Warren's, and the lack of funding puts it close to the level of Biden's at the bottom of the heap. The major saving grace is the price on carbon
October 28th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Calls for the end of investor-owned utilities are increasing across America as people realize their social cost is just too high.
October 15th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
US conservative concerns about the Green New Deal are odd. Each 'bad' section is tied to the New Deal, climate change, real problems, and sensible plans
October 2nd, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Of the DNC Presidential candidates, Harris and Warren have robust, salable climate plans. Biden's is worst, Yang's is interesting and Sanders' is unsalable. With a couple of additions, Warren's plan will be very supportable in 2020. If Biden is the candidate, major surgery will be required
October 1st, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Warren's new climate commitments add a trillion dollars, specific targets in some areas, and significant improvements on electrification, industry, and transportation. They improve the plan substantially
September 28th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Bernie Sanders’ electrification plan is excellent but depends on potentially dangerous authoritarian populism, his transportation plan is mostly about cars for less wealthy people, his land use plan is good, but military and industry don’t get nearly enough attention. Only about half of the $16.3 trillion can be tracked to things which actually reduce climate change
September 10th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Biden's climate plan is good on transportation and foreign policy, land use is adequate, but won't get out the Democratic base or draw many Independents. It's a plan to not lose votes, not a plan to get votes, and it's not a sufficient plan for climate action
August 23rd, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Bernie Sanders has released his $16 trillion dollar plan to convert the US economy to 100% renewable energy by 2030 and reduce US emissions to zero by 2050. Is his plan realistic?
May 21st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gave a fiery speech at Howard University last week. It may be the best speech of the 21st century so far. If you have 11 minutes to spare, consider watching the whole thing. It's dynamite.
April 19th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Bernie Sanders has announced that if elected president, he will end the use of fossil fuels in America. Is he crazy or crazy like a fox?
February 23rd, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna
With a Sanders presidential candidacy, clean energy issues take center stage
December 18th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
People are jumping with joy because the federal tax credit for electric vehicles and certain incentives for wind and solar power have not been eliminated by the so-called tax reform bill Republicans are ramrodding through Congress. But beware; the good news is far outweighed by the bad. American taxpayers will be hammered by this legislation. Here is a sampling of criticism about the bill from Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, and Robert Reich
September 11th, 2017 | by The Beam
It’s no secret that Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders is a man that likes to fight the good fight. He built an incredible campaign and motivated a huge number of people to become politically engaged by pushing a mandate focused on addressing inequalities of many kinds.