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Freeing The Grid Report Shows Which States Excel and Which States Lag in Promoting Solar

Posted December 8, 2014 by Pierre Bull in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Knowledge is power, or at least the first step toward it. That’s why, especially at this time when solar is under attack in so many state utility commissions, it’s exciting that our friends and colleagues at the advocacy groups Vote...continued

Appliance Standards Program: Decades of Using Energy Smarter

Posted December 8, 2014 by Elizabeth Noll in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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Part 1 of a 3-Part Series One of America’s most successful energy policies has been quietly chugging along for decades: delivering significant energy bill savings for consumers, sparking innovation and jobs, reducing the need to build new power plants, and...continued

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted December 5, 2014 by Nathanael Greene in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Here’s some exciting news from the number crunchers here at NRDC: Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. As we wrote in...continued

Home Depot and BJ's Wholesale Club take steps to limit or eliminate bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides in their nursery plants

Posted December 5, 2014 by Jennifer Sass in Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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Bees and gardeners win! Public pressure successfully pushed Home Depot to start requiring labelling of its nursery plants that are treated with bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides. This means that we can read the label, and avoid buying these plants. That will...continued

Michigan: New Report Shows Big Increase in Extreme Storms

Posted December 4, 2014 by Theo Spencer in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably, Solving Global Warming

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The kind of deluges that flooded Detroit this year and Grand Rapids last year are part of 50-year trend of increasingly frequent extreme storms in Michigan. That’s according to a new report we released today along with the Rocky Mountain Climate...continued

Relying More on Smarter Energy Use Will Strengthen Limits on Carbon Pollution, Lower Costs

Posted December 2, 2014 by Sheryl Carter in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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We have an obligation to protect our children’s health and their futures and that means trying to put the brakes on climate change, much of which is caused by the fossil fuels burned in power plants to meet our energy needs....continued

Michigan Supports the Clean Power Plan

Posted December 1, 2014 by Patrick Kenneally in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today marks the end of the formal U.S. EPA public comment period on the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever proposed carbon pollution limits for electric power plants.  64% of Michiganders supports the Clean Power Plan.  This broad and bipartisan support...continued

Thanksgiving Water-Saving Tips

Posted November 26, 2014 by Tracy Quinn in Living Sustainably

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This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that — despite the epic drought in California — we still have enough water for essential uses … like cooking up a delicious holiday feast. But as you prepare to brine that turkey (or Tofurky) and...continued

Giving thanks for a bountiful, beautiful harvest season

Posted November 25, 2014 by Claire O'Connor in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

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Thanksgiving has a special place in the hearts of most farming families.  It’s a time for farmers to give thanks for the literal fruits of their labors at the end of harvest season.  This year, I had the opportunity to...continued

DRIPE: A Funny Word That Could Mean Serious Savings for Illinoisans

Posted November 21, 2014 by Patrick Kenneally in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Energy efficiency programs save all Illinois ratepayers, even those not doing anything to reduce their energy consumption, $150 million annually by reducing the price of electricity in Illinois. Bear in mind, this is in addition to the approximately $1 billion...continued

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