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After HB 6, we need a new energy vision for Ohio: ...

HUDSON, Ohio — In October 2018, I was watching “60 Minutes” with my wife after a long day of campaigning, when an ad paid for by a dark money group called “Hardworking Ohioans’” came on, spreading blatant lies about me. I knew this was incredibly expensive TV ad space and couldn’t believe what I was up against. So, while I was appalled to learn of former Speaker Larry Householder’s alleged $60 million racketeering...

How to drive fossil fuels out of the US economy, q...

In the runup to World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enlisted the entire US economy in an effort to scale up production of war material. All of the country’s resources were bent to the task. In 1939, the US had 1,700 aircraft and no bombers; in 1945, it had 300,000 military aircraft and 18,500 B–24 bombers. By the time the war was won, the economy was up and humming with a massively expanded workforce (drawing...

There’s a Heatwave at the Arctic ‘Doomsday V...

What better place to build a Doomsday Vault than the remote, snow-covered islands of Norway’s Arctic Svalbard? Sitting around 1,000 kilometers from the North Pole, the facility is buried in permafrost to protect the precious seed samples housed there. But a freak heatwave is causing the region’s ice to melt. Following several days of near record-breaking hot weather in July, Svalbard temperatures topped out at...

Canada’s last fully intact Arctic ice shelf ...

(Reuters) – The last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic has collapsed, losing more than 40% of its area in just two days at the end of July, researchers said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Eureka Sound on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic is seen in a NASA Operation IceBridge survey picture taken March 25, 2014. Picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/NASA/Michael Studinger/Handout/File Photo The Milne Ice...

How to stop climate change from the comfort of you...

Does comfort have to come at the cost of climate change? Before you dismiss this article as another commentary hyping up climate change and calling out the world’s governments for their lack of action, I would like to assure you that … you are absolutely spot on. But, the inaction of others is no reason for us to stop trying (or not try at all). We decided to tackle climate change at home by reducing our air conditioner...

Collapse: a Helpful Guide for the Perplexed

My previous post (below) about so-called ‘collapse porn’ arguably demands a sequel (it should probably have been a prequel) on the definition and nature of collapse. That’s what I’ll try to do here – first with some brief definitional comments, then with a bit of context on collapse literature, and finally with some remarks for discussion on the possible causes of future social collapse. Though it sort of undermines the...

Let Project Icebreaker break the ice

The following is a contributed article by Theresa Carroll, an associate attorney at Clean Law PC and a 2020 fellow with the Clean Energy Leadership Institute. Imagine this: thousands of wind turbines situated in our Great Lakes, out of sight from treasured coastal vistas but close enough to be economically viable. Technology and site placement mitigate risk to birds, and turbine masts hold strong against ice shoves, storms...

Multi-Vehicle Households in the US: A Huge Opportu...

There have been several studies and surveys in recent years that peg 300 miles as the minimum amount of range for most Americans to feel comfortable when considering an electric vehicle. But an August 2019 survey by Autolist, which polled 1,567 current car shoppers about their attitudes towards EVs revealed a nuance to the often touted magic minimum of 300 miles of range: Respondents had a realistic expectation of the range...

Physicists: 90% Chance of Human Society Collapsing...

Deforestation coupled with the rampant destruction of natural resources will soon have devastating effects on the future of society as we know it, according to two theoretical physicists who study complex systems and have concluded that greed has put us on a path to irreversible collapse within the next two to four decades, as VICE reported. The research by the two physicists, one from Chile and the other from the UK, was...

BP announces plans to boost green energy spending,...

BP is planning to slash oil and gas production and pour billions of dollars into clean energy as part of a major strategic overhaul unveiled on Tuesday, alongside a huge second quarter loss and dividend cut. The London-based company said that it plans a 10-fold increase in annual low carbon investments to $5 billion by 2030 as it tries to deliver on its promise of net zero emissions by 2050 and prepares for a world that uses...

Inside Clean Energy: Ohio’s Bribery Scandal is Bad...

Last October, I went to the public library in my Columbus, Ohio, neighborhood and saw a woman standing outside the front entrance, asking people to sign a petition. The signatures were for a proposed ballot measure to repeal an Ohio law, passed a few months earlier, that provided taxpayer-funded bailouts for nuclear and coal-fired power plants. The legislation also got rid of Ohio’s requirements that utilities meet...

Lack of Wild Bees Causes Crop Shortage, Could Lead...

Without bees, future generations may not be able to identify with adages like, ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away.’ Crop yields for key crops like apples, cherries and blueberries are down across the U.S. because of a lack of bees in agricultural areas, a Rutgers University-led study published Wednesday in The Royal Society found. This could have “serious ramifications” for global food security,...

Why permafrost thawing in the Arctic matters to th...

‘It turns out it’s hugely consequential.’ (Photo credit: Boris Radosavljevic / Wikimedia) If you leave frozen food sitting out on the counter for too long, it starts to thaw and it will eventually rot. The same goes for plant and animal remains that have long been trapped in frozen Arctic soil called permafrost. Brendan Kelly directs a collaborative program called the Study of Environmental Arctic Change....

G.O.P. Coronavirus Message: Economic Crisis Is a G...

As the economy melts down, embattled conservatives are testing a political response: saying Democratic climate policies would bring similar pain. WASHINGTON — The coronavirus and the struggle to contain it has tanked the economy, shuttered thousands of businesses and thrown more than 30 million people out of work. As President Trump struggles for a political response, Republicans and their allies have seized on an answer:...

Implications of COVID-19 for the US shale industry

Navigating the great compression in shale oil production Starting in March 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, global oil supply and demand have diverged to an extent the world has never seen before. Our report explores the implications of COVID-19 for the US shale industry, the four factors leading to a great compression, and strategies to help shale companies Respond, Recover, and Thrive in this new environment....

The Next Election Is About the Next 10,000 Years

The upcoming election looks to be an apocalyptic turning point for our democracy—and our planet. In Turnout! Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency, political visionaries and movement leaders such as Bill McKibben define the urgency of this moment and provide a manual for turning out voters in an age of extreme inequality, climate change, and pandemic. It is a cliché at this point to describe an election as “the most...

The 13 Best Organic and Eco-Friendly Cleaning Prod...

There have never been more choices when it comes to organic, natural, or eco-friendly cleaning products. Knowing which products are certified organic and which ones are just a safer alternative to traditional cleaners is often confusing. And how do you know which ones can really get the job done? That’s where we come in. To help you choose the safest and most effective nontoxic cleaning products, we’ve put...

Food Sovereignty Now and Beyond COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed daily realities in nearly every corner of the world. But for millions of people, fears about access to food have made the crisis even worse. Recently the UN warned of disruption to food supplies and further loss of incomes and livelihoods – up to 1.6 billion workers affected in the formal economy alone. Food banks and community organisations are doing their best to help those in immediate need. But as...

Scientists Revise Predicted Warming Range to Betwe...

Just how hot the earth will get if carbon dioxide doubles from pre-industrial times is a question scientists have wondered about for the past 40 years. They have generally agreed that the planet will warm 1.5 to 4.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times. Now, a major new study has narrowed that range, revealing we are already past any hope of a 1.5-degree increase. They have tightened their range to between 2.6 and 4.1...

How Tonawanda, New York, protected its economy aft...

The plant had been the town’s biggest taxpayer. The Huntley coal plant in Tonawanda, New York, was once the area’s biggest polluter. But it was also the town’s biggest taxpayer. So when the plant was slated to close, the town was concerned about job losses – not just for company employees, but public sector workers like teachers and paramedics. “Those tax dollars that company pays … goes to the folks picking up...