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By / 11.30.2016

In the past two decades, the mounting risks posed by climate change have motivated businesses, cities, states, national governments, and the international community to pledge to take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Given the scale of the problem, the breadth of action must be effective and must set the foundation for increasing mitigation […]

By and / 10.11.2016

It’s become conventional wisdom that corporate America has fallen victim to myopia and short-termism. Companies are spending billions buying back stock that could have gone to innovation and investment. Corporate executives have compensation packages tied to stock prices, which focuses their attention on quarterly earnings rather than long-term growth. Investors want immediate results, rather than […]

By and / 5.11.2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has put President Obama’s Clean Power Plan on hold while lower courts review challenges to the regulation. The ruling is a setback to Obama’s hopes of bypassing a hostile Republican majority in Congress and using his executive authority to require electric utilities to make big reductions in carbon emissions. At last […]

Press

By and / 3.15.2017

President Trump’s “open mind” on climate change seems to be closing. He’s preparing an executive order to kill Obama administration rules aimed at curbing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. It is almost as though Trump is determined to increase the amount of carbon and other greenhouse gases America pumps into the atmosphere.   As carbon emissions […]

By and / 2.15.2017

Does a deal now gaining momentum across the aisle actually have the potential to break the stalemate on climate change? Is Donald Trump serious about keeping an “open mind” on climate change? Considering the “drill, baby, drill” cheerleaders he’s put in key Cabinet posts, it’s easy to fear the worst. They appear more than eager […]

By / 1.26.2017

Global temperatures were the highest on record in 2016 for the third straight year, scientists at NASA and elsewhere reported last week. This is just the latest proof of rapid climate change that has experts and governments around the world deeply alarmed. And yet President Trump and many other Republicans have so far paid no political price for questioning […]

Blog

By / 10.26.2016

Some good news at last on the nuclear front: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) last week fired up a second reactor at its Watts Bar plant, making it the first new reactor to go live in this century. The advanced 1,150-megawatt reactor will supply carbon-free energy for 650,000 homes and businesses. This follows a spate […]

Nuclear power is by far America’s biggest source of zero-carbon energy, providing 19.5 percent of the nation’s electricity. So why are environmental groups who profess to care about climate change working overtime to get rid of nukes? The mystery deepens with today’s announcement by Pacific Gas & Electric that it intends to shutter California’s Diablo […]

By / 4.6.2016

Although the price of electricity in the Eastern United States fell by half over the last decade, residential customers saw their monthly bills increase by 26 percent, according to government data. What accounts for this anti-market discrepancy? Consumer advocates claim that power companies are using tumbling electricity costs as camouflage to increase other charges. Utilities […]