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Showdown at Morro Rock: Coastal Commission Vote Threatens Coastal Protection and Public Access

Annie Notthoff
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Before California had a world-renowned climate action program, it had a world-renowned coastal protection program. The Coastal Commission's vote to fire its executive director Charles Lester, a dedicated public servant, in the face of overwhelming public support for him and...continued | comments

What the Supreme Court's Power Plant Order Means for Climate Action

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
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The Supreme Court unexpectedly put a temporary halt on the Obama administration's plan to limit carbon pollution from power plants. The carbon limits--known as the Clean Power Plan--are designed to check the largest source of the heat-trapping pollution that's driving...continued | comments

Why the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Will Not Derail Climate Action in China

Barbara Finamore
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The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily halt implementation of President Obama's Clean Power Plan until the courts reach a final decision on the legal merits has raised concerns in other countries about the ability of the U.S. to meet...continued | comments

International Climate Implications of Supreme Court Ruling on Clean Power Plan

Jake Schmidt
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The recent Supreme Court decision to temporarily pause implementation of the U.S. Clean Power Plan doesn't mean the end of U.S. climate action, the end of the Paris climate agreement, or the demise of national-level climate action in key countries...continued | comments

Congress asks EPA what went wrong with Enlist Duo

Sylvia Fallon
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Led by Congressmen Earl Blumenauer and Peter DeFazio, thirty five Members of Congress sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today asking for an explanation as to what went wrong with EPA's evaluation of Enlist Duo, Dow...continued | comments

Proposed Light Bulb Energy Efficiency Standards to Lead to $12.5 Billion in Annual Consumer Savings

Noah Horowitz
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New light bulb energy efficiency standards proposed by the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) today will complete the gradual phase-out of inefficient everyday incandescent bulbs required under a 2007 law passed by a bipartisan Congress with industry support. And...continued

North Carolina's Clean Energy Success Threatened

Luis Martinez
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Recent reports highlight some excellent North Carolina job news: The Tar Heel State's fastest-growing industry is clean energy. (Here we're talking about energy efficiency, solar and wind power, alternative-fuel vehicles, energy storage, smart grid technology and the like.) Think about...continued | comments

Energy Efficiency Standard Effective This Week Affects Virtually All of Us

Pierre Delforge
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A measure took effect this week that will affect virtually everyone in the United States. While it drew little public notice, it will cut your energy bill and reduce harmful pollution. What was it? Eagerly awaited national energy efficiency standards...continued

To Minimize Wind Power's Impact on Birds & Bats, The Dept. of Energy Can Use AWWI As A Model

Nathanael Greene
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The Department of Energy's new budget came out on Tuesday. And with it, came the prospect of continued funding--either through a line item or through its discretionary budget--for the study of wind power/wildlife conflict. That is, for the study of...continued | comments

Time to Invest in Our Environment

Scott Slesinger
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The federal government spends a lot of money. What percentage is spent on the environment and natural resources? 15%, 17%, 21%? A little less. This current federal budget that goes through September 2016, spends only 1.1% of its funds on...continued | comments

Pacific Northwest Surges Forward Again on Energy Efficiency with Plan Approved Today

Ralph Cavanagh
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Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington are four states marked by spectacular natural beauty, vast ideological divisions and a shared power grid. Decades ago, the region was fighting over how many new coal-fired and nuclear power plants would have to be...continued

Our Climate Progress Will Not Be Stayed

Rhea Suh
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The U.S. Supreme Court has delayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan, but the ruling doesn't stop climate action. The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked President Obama's plan to fight global climate change by cleaning up our dirty power plants,...continued | comments (1)

Advanced Electric Water Heaters Could Save Money and Cut Pollution

Robin Roy
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The humble water heater used to heat water for bathing and washing dishes in America's homes also may be a promising new tool for cutting residential utility bills, promoting clean energy, and strengthening the reliability of the power grid -...continued

In Texas, oil and gas companies get away with ignoring the rules that protect drinking water

Amy Mall
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A scathing investigation by WFAA in Texas has found that oil and gas companies are ignoring a significant state rule that is intended to protect underground sources of drinking water. And despite apparent "numerous violations" of state regulations, the agency...continued | comments

Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

John Moore
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The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the organization which oversees the reliability of the North...continued

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