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Heroes of the Week: Clean Energy Change Makers in Tucson

In Tuscon, 90 percent of the public gets its power from coal and other fossil fuels, which degrades the air quality particularly for the Latinx community there.  The south side neighborhoods are home to all the area’s major polluting sources, including a gas-burning power plant, the I-10 freeway, and a Superfund site, and not surprisingly, […]

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Inslee’s Climate Proposal Ups the Ante

Democratic hopeful (high hopes) and Governor of Washington State, Jay Inslee, released his proposed plan to take on climate change — which is the rationale for his candidacy — and it is the most aggressively progressive climate plan thus far, raising the bar for the other candidates. 

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Renewables Set to Surpass Coal For First Time in US

Renewables Set to Surpass Coal For First Time in US

According to the Energy Information Administration’s latest short-term energy outlook report, in April, the electricity generated by wind, solar, hydropower, biomass and geothermal plants in the U.S. are projected to top coal power’s output by about 16 percent.  And the trend is expected to continue, even if the monthly output from coal is higher than renewables from time to time.  

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China vows to reduce emissions but is still bankrolling coal worldwide

China vows to reduce emissions but is still bankrolling coal worldwide

This past weekend Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing which promoted China’s foreign policy initiatives of supporting massive infrastructure projects within its partner countries. Some of these ventures include, as NPR reported, hundreds of electric power plants that burn coal, which is a significant emitter of the carbon scientifically linked to climate change.

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Duke Energy ordered to clean up its coal ash mess

Duke Energy ordered to clean up its coal ash mess

This week, as Sierra Magazine reported, North Carolina environmental regulators ordered Duke Energy to excavate and remove toxic coal ash from unlined storage sites at six power plants. Toxic chemicals concentrated in coal ash have been shown to cause cancer and nerve damage, and to impair brain development. Spills of this toxic substance have occurred […]

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Leaving behind the family business of fossil fuels

Leaving behind the family business of fossil fuels

The New York Times published an exposé this week where they interviewed 5 individuals who came from generations of workers in coal and oil and went on to pursue careers in renewable energy and climate diplomacy. As the Times wrote, “They come from places where fossil fuels like coal provided lifelong employment for their parents, […]

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Demand for renewables increases but coal and gas are still king

Demand for renewables increases but coal and gas are still king

As a follow-up to yesterday’s story about the price of battery storage plummeting thus painting a positive outlook for renewables, we still have some substantial supply and demand challenges to overcome before we can utilize renewables more broadly on a global scale. This week, the International Energy Agency released data showing that energy demand around […]

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New Poll: Most Americans Support Reducing Fossil Fuel Use

New Poll: Most Americans Support Reducing Fossil Fuel Use

In the latest Gallup poll, 60% of Americans favor reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, including 37% of Republicans and 60% of Independents.  Interestingly for the prospects of passing Green New Deal legislation, 60% of Americans also believe it is “very likely” (22%) or “likely” (38%) that the country will dramatically reduce fossil fuel usage in the next 10 to 20 years, and roughly the same percentage favor policy proposals that aim to do it. 

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Coal dust causes black snow in Russia

Coal dust causes black snow in Russia

As CBS News reported, a pall of eerie black snow has covered several towns in the Siberian region of Kuzbass, which is home to 2.6 million people and one of the world’s largest coal fields. According to the Guardian and the Siberian Times, the snow is tainted with toxic black coal dust that was released into the air from open coal pits and improperly maintained factories in the region.

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Fighting climate change with trees

Fighting climate change with trees

A new analysis presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science even concluded that replenishing the world’s forests on a grand scale would suck enough carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to cancel out a decade of human emissions–a stance that, while intriguing, doesn’t yet have broad consensus (we’ll keep you posted if consensus builds).

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Regulators won’t step up to protect coal miners

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), incidents of severe black lung disease among America’s coal miners were on the rise last year, especially in central Appalachia. In fact, 10% of coal miners who have worked in mines for at least 25 years were identified as having black lung which is up from previous […]

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Germany to shutdown all coal plants, will rely on renewables

Germany to shutdown all coal plants, will rely on renewables

Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years and will work to rely significantly on renewable energy to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a 28-member government commission said Saturday.

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