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Is Clean Energy a Mega-opportunity for Virginia? Is the Pope Catholic??

Walton Shepherd
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Pope Francis's genuinely moving encyclical on climate change and its impact on the disadvantaged is timely for the state of Virginia, which has not only at least 700,000 Catholics (including one Governor Terrance McAuliffe), but which is already grappling with...continued

Utility Rate Decision in California Can Help Transition to Cleaner Electric System - Could Be Much Better

Sheryl Carter
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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just approved a redesign of residential electric bills that will help reinforce California's efforts to strengthen its ambitious climate and clean energy goals, improve its economic and public health, and help customer's pocketbooks while...continued

It's a SNAP: EPA Cuts HFC Super-Pollutants to Curb Dangerous Climate Change

David Doniger
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The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change - because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives are now available. The EPA's new rules affect HFCs used in...continued | comments (1)

Alaska's Fiscal Crisis and Four Other Reasons to Stop Wasting Public Funds to Dam the Susitna River

Monty Schmitt
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By Monty Schmitt and Susan McGuigan Alaska's budget deficit requires focusing on essential public needs Earlier this week Governor Walker finally signed the State of Alaska's 2016 budget, which was extremely challenging and required two special legislative sessions to achieve....continued | comments

California's Final Fracking EIR Leaves Communities to Protect Themselves

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
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Yesterday, the new head of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), State Oil & Gas Supervisor Steven Bohlen, certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of statewide oil and gas well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in...continued | comments (1)

De Blasio Administration to Require Composting by NYC's Largest Food Waste Generators

Eric Goldstein
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The administration of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is today unveiling a new proposal that will require the largest generators of food wastes here to arrange for composting of those materials, rather than sending them to landfills or...continued | comments

Latin America Green News: Brazil and the U.S. announce joint partnership on climate, Portugal plans to invest in Mexico's renewables, Norway invests in Amazon conservation

Maria Martinez
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. June 27th - July 1st, 2015 Latin America Green News will be taking a break for the Fourth of July...continued | comments

UN's World Heritage Committee Agrees to Examine Plight of Monarch Migration

Andrew Wetzler
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The following is a guest blog by NRDC Senior Attorney Rebeca Riley I'm writing from Bonn, Germany with good news: the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will start looking into the plight of the monarch butterflies that spend every winter in...continued | comments (1)

Celebrating all the Nation's Neighborhoods on Independence Day

Shelley Poticha
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Pervasive inequality should be at the heart of a large national debate about the future of our cities as we celebrate the establishment of our country and its ideals. On this Independence Day, many of us are experiencing the camaraderie...continued | comments

St. Francis of Assisi: The Inspiration for the Pope's Encyclical On Climate Change

Kit Kennedy
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This post was guest written by my son Michael Diller, who recently graduated from Vassar College. Michael's thesis on St. Francis of Assisi and other medieval Church thinkers won the Sophia H. Chen Zen Memorial Prize for the best thesis...continued | comments (1)

Scientific and political consensus emerging: not all biomass is "carbon neutral"

Sasha Stashwick
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When dealing with a thorny public policy issue, it's always noteworthy when scientific and political consensus begins to emerge. Last week, a number of statements out of different parts of our government showed that our understanding of the role biomass--essentially...continued | comments

How does China's climate pledge stack up?

Barbara Finamore
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As mentioned in a post on Carbon Pulse, China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030. When...continued | comments

Dear Pebble Partnership, It's Time to Walk Away From Bristol Bay

Taryn Kiekow Heimer
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Just how many reasons does the Pebble Partnership need to stop its disastrous plans to build the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska? NRDC explored that question in a series of ads in Politico. The ads give the Pebble Partnership...continued | comments (47)

Michigan Lawmaker Proposes A Move Away from Clean Energy

Rebecca Stanfield
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Today, Senator Mike Nofs, Chairman of the Michigan Senate Energy and Technology Committee, introduced his long awaited electricity policy package. We are reviewing the details of the legislative proposals introduced by Senator Nofs, and will be prepared to make detailed...continued | comments (1)

US-Brazil 20% renewable commitment is a good start; we can do more

Noah Long
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President Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, announced a pretty impressive clean energy commitment at their joint White House appearance yesterday . Representing the world's second-largest greenhouse gas polluter and the world's 7th, respectively, they pledged that each country...continued

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