First rule about fighting for climate change laws is… don’t talk about climate change

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Context is everything when advocating for renewable energy policies, and echoing the rules of Fight Club, the first rule of advocating for climate change-related policies is not to talk about climate change. By Joshua S Hill  For any of us who have made the issue of climate change a primary concern — writers, policy wonks, investors, or […] read more

D.C. court hands EPA’s Pruitt a defeat over Obama’s methane rule

Published on July 5th, 2017 | by

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In case you missed it, a divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency-hating EPA administrator, overstepped his authority by delaying enforcement of the standards in a rule designed by the Obama administration to reduce methane emissions from new equipment at oil and gas operations. The court ordered Pruitt to […] read more

LA ratepayers will pay for Jerry Brown’s Delta Tunnels (but big agriculture gets all water)

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One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta Tunnels promoted by the Jerry Brown and Donald Trump administrations are designed to divert Northern California water to “fill swimming pools” of “wealthy water wasters” in Southern California. By Dan Bacher One of the most enduring myths of California water politics is that the Delta […] read more

Climate change hits Trump supporters HARDEST

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It’s a fine irony that the US states with the largest number of Trump supporters and climate change deniers, the people who stand up and cheer when the Philanderer in Chief announces the US will pull out of the Paris climate accords, will be the hardest hit by the effects of climate change. That’s according […] read more

Tesla Model 3 – how federal EV tax credits will work

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With Elon Musk’s mini-tweetstorm Sunday night, July 2, several things became more clear (sort of) in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). We can now estimate Model 3 production for the rest of 2017 — which also gets us closer to a reasonably accurate estimate of how federal EV tax credits will play out for Tesla over […] read more

Renewable energy accounted for 35% of Germany’s electric generation so far this year

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Germany reached a new renewable energy record in the first half of this year, generating 35.1% of its electricity from renewable energy sources, according to the country’s trade body, the German Renewable Energy Federation. By Joshua S Hill  In news published only days into the second half of 2017, the Germany Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) announced […] read more

Boom! Court rules Trump can’t delay enforcing EPA methane rule

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by

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While Pruitt’s (and Trump’s) EPA does its best to do its worst for the environment, and slow down and delay anything it can’t break outright, we do have one thing going for us: The Rule of Law. There are some things even Trump can’t do, and the DC Circuit just ruled that the EPA’s rule on methane pollution […] read more

James Howard Kunstler: Trump body-slams CNN (in his dreams)

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by

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Perhaps the presidency has been an overly solemn office since, oh, the days of Millard Fillmore, the dreary weight of all that mortal responsibility — slavery, war, more war, depression, yet more war, nukes, we shall overcome, terror, Lehman Brothers, Ferguson, Russia here, there, and everywhere…uccchhh… By James Howard Kunstler And so, at last: a […] read more

Watch coal documentary “From The Ashes” for free today

Published on July 3rd, 2017 | by

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Watch From the Ashes FREE today, embedded at the end of this post! I’ve been speaking at advance screenings of a new film by Radical Media, From the Ashes, that tells the story of the true cost of coal, and introduces viewers to people across America working to shift our nation to clean energy and […] read more

You SHOULD be worried about hackers breaking in to your autonomous vehicle. Congress is on it.

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Everybody and their brother is salivating at the thought of connected and autonomous vehicle technology. The cars of tomorrow will communicate with each other and with transportation infrastructure to speed drivers quickly and safely from place to place. They will create new business opportunities as people give up owning private cars and participate in ride-sharing and […] read more

Boom! Local and national groups sue to block water-stealing Delta Tunnels

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Last Monday, the Trump administration claimed that the California WaterFix/ Delta Tunnels will not jeopardize threatened or endangered species or adversely modify their critical habitat. (Other than stealing millions of gallons of the water they need to live and sending it to Southern California big ag business interests and cities.) By Dan Bacher In response, fishing […] read more

James Howard Kunstler: Trump’s bigger, better financial meltdown (you won’t believe what comes next)

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Interestingly, the 25th amendment allows for the removal of a president from office on account of incompetence or disability, but not for being an embarrassment to the nation. Who needs Russia when the Tweety-Bird-in-Chief is hacking his own presidency into a global joke? Or at least it might be a joke if the USA weren’t such […] read more

NC GOP wants to kill wind energy because it messes with the military?

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There they go again. Leveraging the issue of wind turbine interference with operations at military bases in North Carolina, several Senate Republicans in the state are pushing a bill that would slap a moratorium on wind energy development. Similar legislation was previously rebuffed even by members of their own party, but just last week they […] read more

Climate change will wipe out half of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing area

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The birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia, is likely to lose up to half of its total coffee-growing area by the end of the century as a result of anthropogenic climate change and its effects, according to a new study. By James Ayre  As it is, still nowhere near the end of the century, rising temperatures and changing […] read more

Utility blows $7.5 billion only to prove clean coal is a cruel hoax

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Investing in the technology for “Clean Coal” never made sense. Ten years ago, when coal was still cheaper than natural gas and renewables, coal boosters saw it as a way to keep the mines open for a little while longer. But we’ve always known that wind and solar would come down in price as mass adoption […] read more