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
January 31st, 2020 | by Johnna Crider
It seems that the EPA under Donald Trump wants to dump raw sewage into our rivers. The organization is now allowing cities to do just that. In an article by the New York Times, the Trump administration has decided to reverse almost 95 environmental rules in a massive retreat on environmental protection, because "it's too costly for industry or taxpayers."
January 24th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
The EPA proposes to roll back the rules regarding clean water protection, removing many rivers and streams from federal protection. The change could have significant effects on the health of many Americans.
May 21st, 2019 | by Nexus Media
Republicans are caught between oil industry donors, who want offshore drilling, and coastal voters, who fiercely oppose it
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
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
May 22nd, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
Sam Jammal launched a campaign for Congress in order to bridge the gaps he sees between the cleantech industry and Capitol Hill. He’s currently running for Congress in California’s 39th district
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
December 22nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at Lehigh University say that the risk of premature births or low weight births was reduced significantly after a coal fired generating plant in Pennsylvania was ordered closed by under the Clean Power Plan.
December 11th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
America's Pledge, an initiative launched to compile and quantify actions taken by US non-federal actors to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement, last week published its first report in which it outlines seven ways in which states, cities, and businesses can step up to address climate action.
October 6th, 2017 | by Meteor Blades
After several delays, the Trump regime Thursday surrendered in the face of an eight-state lawsuit demanding that it implement an Obama administration rule requiring hundreds of transportation agencies to measure and compare the impacts of proposed projects on vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases.
September 26th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
The US Energy Dept. is still hoping to prove that concentrating solar power works wonders, this time for low cost, sustainable water desalination
September 19th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
A new artificial photosynthesis system captures carbon dioxide and converts it directly into ethanol and ethylene with the help of solar energy
September 18th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
There they go again: US Energy Dept. pumps $50 million into new grid reliability projects including renewables, renewables and more renewables
September 17th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
Mixed signals on US solar -- Energy Dept. cheers record-breaking solar cost drop while Trump ponders new tariff that could upend the US solar industry
September 13th, 2017 | by Tina Casey
Millions of customers in hurricane-torn Florida are suffering through the aftermath of the devastating storm without power, and into this mess steps the US Department of Energy with the announcement of a solar energy initiative that seems to indicate light at the end of the grid reliability tunnel.
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
June 2nd, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Donald Trump has decided to abrogate the US commitment to the Paris climate accords. In response, Elon Musk has withdrawn his membership on two advisory panels.
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
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
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
April 25th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
President Obama gave an address to students at the University of Chicago on Monday in which he urged them to become more involved in the political process to combat climate change and income inequality.