Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Ban to NC and VA AND Offshore Wind

Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Ban to NC and VA AND Offshore Wind

After reading the fine print, it turns out President  Trump’s memo issued over the weekend extending his 10-year offshore oil and gas drilling ban from Florida all the way up the East Coast to Virginia, contains a poison pill — it also bans offshore wind development.

Why This Matters:  It is disappointing from both a climate change perspective, but also because the offshore wind farm leases were selling for hundreds of millions of dollars all of which would be paid to the government.

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One Great Headline: “Renewables to Quench Pepsi’s Thirst for Power”

One Great Headline: “Renewables to Quench Pepsi’s Thirst for Power”

H/T to renews.biz, an energy news platform, for that headline, and to PepsiCo for making it possible.  PepsiCo, one of the largest companies in the world — with a global carbon footprint — announced plans this week to transition to 100% renewable electricity across all of its company-owned and controlled operations globally by 2030 and […]

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DITCHED: Dark Money and Political Influence with Dr. Leah Stokes

DITCHED: Dark Money and Political Influence with Dr. Leah Stokes

In the United States, electric utilities are an outsized influence on our political process. Utilities can be a force for good but as UC Santa Barbara professor Leah Stokes explained to ODP this past spring, “There is an abundance of shadow, dark money, and nonprofits groups whose missions’ are to stifle clean energy progress and […]

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Is the Bridge Collapsing on America’s Bridge Fuel?

Is the Bridge Collapsing on America’s Bridge Fuel?

It’s been said many times, especially by the industry who fracks it, that natural gas is a “bridge fuel.” And while natural gas beat out coal as a fuel source and helped bring down U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, it’s far from an emissions-free fuel source. During last year’s CNN climate change town hall, then-presidential candidate […]

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More Than 40 Colleges and Universities Earn Top Scores On Renewable Energy

More Than 40 Colleges and Universities Earn Top Scores On Renewable Energy

It’s back to school time, and this year there are dozens of American colleges and universities that are powered 100% or more by renewable energy, according to a recent study published by Environment America and the Frontier Group.  In addition, schools are moving rapidly to taking reduce their energy consumption, deploy renewable energy technologies, and switch to electric vehicles (EVs).

Why This Matters:  Colleges are setting a great example for other large institutions on reducing their energy consumption and switching to renewables.

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Should Joshua Trees Be Designated Endangered in California?

Should Joshua Trees Be Designated Endangered in California?

The state of California is considering whether to formally designate southern California’s iconic Joshua Tree as an endangered species, and it seems that local developers and businesses, including the renewable power industry are pushing back and expressing concerns.  The California Fish and Game Commission put off a decision last week on whether to study whether the famed tree is endangered, saying they needed more time look at the issue.

Why This Matters:  Clashes like this between conservationists and the renewable energy industry are bound to increase. We will need to find ways to reconcile these competing environmental interests.  Our future depends on it.

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