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Your Guide To Talking About Climate Change This Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2018 | by Frugal Moogal

I'm sure that you clicked on this article hoping for a strategy that you can use over the Thanksgiving table to help someone in your family or friend circle start to get on board with a problem that you feel is one of the most important things that humans can and should be addressing today

Trump Fiddles As Fossil Fuels Burn

June 4th, 2018 | by George Harvey

Coal and nuclear power are both dying, falling victim to natural gas and renewable energy. Trump used to blame the Democrats, and especially “Obama’s war on coal.” He used to take the position that removing subsidies for renewable power would be sufficient to bring a renaissance to the coal industry. But despite his efforts, coal plants have just kept closing

11 US States To Challenge EPA Rollback Of 2025 Fuel-Efficiency Standards

April 4th, 2018 | by James Ayre

The US EPA is pursuing a rollback of earlier plans (implemented under Obama's presidency) to raise the new-vehicle fuel-efficiency standard to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025 (that would be a fleet-level requirement, not model level). In response to that, 11 US states have now revealed an intention to oppose the rollback

North Carolina Renewable Energy Logjam Breaks Wide Open — Almost!

July 29th, 2017 | by Tina Casey

File this one under "E" for "Elections have consequences." Former Republican North Carolina Governor and fossil fuel fan Pat McCrory lost his 2016 re-election bid in stunning fashion to Democrat Roy Cooper, who leveraged public enthusiasm for renewable energy during his campaign. As a result, the state's renewable energy activity is set to accelerate. On July 27, Cooper signed HB 589 into law, putting new regulations in motion aimed at reaching a statewide solar target of 6,800 megawatts by 2020 — more than double what it has now

China Laughing As The Donald Hands It The World

June 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

One of the first articles I published after the US presidential election in November was this one: "How China (+ Russia) Could Shift USA From #1 To #2 (Or Lower), Via Trump Naivety." From that article

Why Did Republicans (& Some Independents) Fall For The Trump Con?

May 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Donald Trump's election was a somewhat shocking and somewhat obvious result. Shocking, in part, because Donald Trump was so thoroughly unqualified for the job, and also in part because his life and words were so contradictory to the ideals espoused by the Christian base Republican politicians focus so much attention and messaging on

Is A Republican Rift Forming? 3 Republican Senators Break With The Pollution Party On Methane Rule

May 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Members of the Republican Party sitting in Congress have been particularly good at sticking with the "party line" on a wide range of issues — even when that means pouring more pollution into their constituents' throats, working to increase the number of superstorms that slam the East Coast and the dramatic droughts that destroy the Southwest, voting through health care bills or amendments that make it much more expensive for normal Americans to get health care (apparently, just so the richest among us can keep more money in overinflated bank accounts), and pretending Donald Trump's potentially corrupt connections and actions in regard to Russia wouldn't have their faces exploding with range if it had been Obama in such a situation

No Executive Order Can Make The Clean Energy Economy Disappear — In 9 Bullets

April 8th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

While President Trump’s executive order turning back many Obama-era climate change policies is great optics for his energy policy conservative base and fossil fuel donors, it doesn’t change the facts of the new energy economy. Since we know President Trump likes short briefings, here are the hard truths about the future of energy in this country and many other parts of the world that are driven by market forces rather than politics

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