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The City of New Orleans Announces New Resiliency Initiative: Benchmarking Energy Use of Municipal Buildings

Posted October 23, 2014 by Kimi Narita in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably

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On Wednesday at the Greenbuild Conference, the City of New Orleans announced that it has finished collecting data on the energy use of all 92 municipal buildings in the City, which include libraries, recreation centers, and office space. By collecting...continued

First New York Green Bank deals to bring up to $800MM in Clean Energy Investments to New York State

Posted October 22, 2014 by Doug Sims in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, the New York Green Bank (NYGB) announced its first planned transactions. It's a broad, impressive set of offerings that could have transformative impact in New York and nationally by doubling down on boldness and creativity in the clean energy finance...continued

The Clean Water Act -- 42 Birthday Candles and Half a Million Americans Who Support It

Posted October 22, 2014 by Jon Devine in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Forty-two years ago this past Saturday, Congress passed the law known today as the Clean Water Act.  I salute their forethought and bipartisan leadership, not just because I make my living implementing that law, but because it has helped to...continued

AWEA's Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition Emphasizes Offshore Wind's Bright Future While Also Calling for Action

Posted October 21, 2014 by Kit Kennedy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Guest Blog by Andrea Leshak, NRDC Ford Legal Fellow I had the great pleasure of attending AWEA’s Offshore WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition earlier this month. The conference was appropriately held in Atlantic City, NJ, a city committed to supporting offshore wind...continued

How a Koch-Funded Group Attacking Clean Fuels Standards Flubs the Math

Posted October 20, 2014 by Simon Mui in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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(This blog is cross-posted with Ben Serrurier at Climate Solutions) When the organization purporting to represent “small business” conducts an analysis attacking climate policies, one would hope that basic business accounting wouldn’t be a problem. But in the latest salvo...continued

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

Posted October 20, 2014 by Katharine McCormick in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth! Last week Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy, the largest utility in the state, plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams...continued

Fossil-fuel funded study: net gains from EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted October 18, 2014 by Laurie Johnson in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On behalf of some of America's biggest polluters, a new study by NERA Consulting makes a valiant, but ultimately failed, attempt to portray first-ever proposed limits on carbon pollution as an economic calamity. The limits, under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA)...continued

At Greenbuild: Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency

Posted October 17, 2014 by Melissa Wright in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Are you heading to the Greenbuild International Conference in New Orleans next week? If so, be sure to check out the panel, Leading Southern Cities Ramp Up on Energy Efficiency, on October 22 from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The...continued

Unpacking the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act: Victory for Big Coal or Much Ado About Nothing?

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jackson Morris in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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On Wednesday afternoon, just a few hours before it concluded its fall session and scurried out of state capital building in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that has since been sent to Governor Corbett. The bill, which had...continued

Illinois fracking rules update: industry self-pity winds up while the clock winds down

Posted October 16, 2014 by Ann Alexander in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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On Tuesday, the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules once again postponed its decision concerning the Illinois fracking rules, until November 6.   They are cutting things pretty daredevil close:  Illinois law provides that agencies have exactly one year to...continued

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