Energy
LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

LA Aims to Make Public Transit Free

Recently the CEO of the  L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority launched a task force to assess how the transit system in America’s second-largest city could become free for its riders. As LAist reported, Metro CEO Phillip Washington told Metro’s board of directors he hopes the system could go fare-free as soon as “the beginning of […]

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California Issues 190% More New Oil and Gas Drilling Permits

California Issues 190% More New Oil and Gas Drilling Permits

 

 

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Could a Growing Green Economy Turn Texas Blue?

Could a Growing Green Economy Turn Texas Blue?

As Hurricane Laura pounds Texas with winds over a hundred miles an hour, looking ahead to the future of wind power in the state is more than a little ironic. From a climate perspective, the rapid expansion of low-carbon energy resources in Texas couldn’t come soon enough. 

Why This Matters: Texas has dominated the U.S. crude oil and natural gas industry since the early 20th century and remains the leading producer of these fossil fuel resources.

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G20 Nations Continue to Fund Coal, Despite Commitments Pledging the Opposite

G20 Nations Continue to Fund Coal, Despite Commitments Pledging the Opposite

G20 countries have a critical role to play in leading efforts to combat climate change, as they account for 79% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Despite pledging a decade ago to phase out subsidies for oil and other heavy CO2-emitting fuels in the “medium term,” G20 nations have almost tripled the subsidies they give to […]

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CA Braces for More Blackouts as Transition to Solar is Partly to Blame

CA Braces for More Blackouts as Transition to Solar is Partly to Blame

As California’s heatwave continues, fears are rising that rolling blackouts–the likes of which had not been experienced since 2001–will once again be enacted by the state’s grid operator. As the LA Times wrote, On Tuesday afternoon, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which runs the electric grid for most of the state, declared a Stage […]

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India Providing Big Incentives to Domestic Solar Businesses To Increase Energy Self-Reliance

India Providing Big Incentives to Domestic Solar Businesses To Increase Energy Self-Reliance

The Indian government is planning to give land near ports to companies that will construct solar equipment factories, Utpal Bhaskar reported in Livemint. According to two people close to the development, New Delhi is attempting this in order to both “attain self-reliance and challenge the dominance of China in one of the world’s largest green energy market.”

Why This Matters: As Dr. Varun Sivaram, an energy policy expert, told ODP, this recent announcement of tariffs is “a mixed bag.” Tariffs raise the cost of solar production, and, in Dr. Sivaram’s words, “ultimately slow down India’s badly needed clean energy transition.”

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