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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...

Trump Announces Final Rollback of Law That Gives C...

President Donald Trump announced the final rollback of the “Magna Carta” of U.S. environmental laws on Wednesday, The New York Times reported. The target of Trump’s latest rollback is the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law by Richard Nixon 50 years ago, CNBC explained. It requires the federal government to consider the environmental impacts of major infrastructure projects...

Utilities gave $320K to Ohio House members who vot...

Members of the Ohio House who voted in favor of a bill to bail out uncompetitive coal and nuclear power plants received over $320,000 in campaign money from four utilities that will benefit financially from the bill’s passage. American Electric Power (AEP), Dayton Power & Light (and it’s parent company AES Corporation), Duke Energy, and FirstEnergy Corp.’s PACs have targeted Ohio with nearly $1.65 million in campaign...

Could leaving ‘room for the river’ hel...

A pioneering Dutch strategy offers one way to respond to the increasing threat of heavy precipitation. (Photo credit: eagle102.net / Flickr) Living near the Mississippi River means keeping an eye trained on the water level. That’s something DeAnna Bell in O’Fallon, Illinois, knows all too well. Bell, who was trapped by floodwaters during the record-breaking flood of 1993, has watched again and again as water engulfed her...

Federal Energy Regulators Reject Attack on Rooftop...

Federal regulators on Thursday released a pair of decisions expected to impact the expansion of renewable power nationwide—one that was celebrated by environmentalists and clean energy advocates as a crucial win and another that critics warned “could lead to more pollution by propping up fossil fuel power plants.” The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) delivered a victory to supporters of renewables...

What was the climate and sea level like at times i...

The last time global carbon dioxide levels were consistently at or above 400 parts per million (ppm) was around four million years ago during a geological period known as the Pliocene Era (between 5.3 million and 2.6 million years ago). The world was about 3℃ warmer and sea levels were higher than today. We know how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere contained in the past by studying ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica....

Solar causes highest power peaks under mixed-cloud...

Dutch researchers have shown that power peaks caused by solar generation may be stronger under partial cloudiness than clear skies. According to their findings, mixed-cloud conditions can enhance PV power production due to light reflected off clouds, as well as their intermittent shadows on arrays, which reduce module temperatures. July 14, 2020 Emiliano Bellini Image: Myriams-Fotos, pixabay Liander, a Dutch power and gas...

New sustainability ideas arise across the policy a...

Welcome back. This week we’re guiding you through the latest issue of The Agenda, POLITICO’s home for ideas reshaping the country. Your host and reporters from across our newsroom explored how businesses, state and local policymakers and entrepreneurs are trying to advance sustainability in new ways. A Norwegian aquaculture company is building a high-tech salmon farm in Florida, while states like New Jersey and Virginia are...

Investor Pulls Out Of Proposed Belmont County Crac...

BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio (OVR) — Daelim Chemical USA, a major investment partner in a proposed ethane cracker plant in Belmont County, Ohio, announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the project. In a joint statement with PTTGC America LLC, the Thailand-based company driving the project in the Ohio Valley, an executive said that despite Daelim’s withdrawal, the project remains a “top priority.” “We are in the process of seeking a...

Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan

Joe Biden’s plan connects tackling climate change with the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, while also addressing racism. The proposal drew praise from his onetime critics. ‘These Are the Most Critical Investments,’ Biden Says of Climate Plan Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. unveiled his $2 trillion climate plan for reducing fossil fuel use across the U.S. and creating jobs. Today, I’m here in...

Jane Goodall on Conservation, Climate Change and C...

While COVID-19 and protests for racial justice command the world’s collective attention, ecological destruction, species extinction and climate change continue unabated. While the world’s been focused on other crises, an alarming study was released warning that species extinction is now progressing so fast that the consequences of “biological annihilation” may soon be “unimaginable.” Dr....

Fracking Firms Fail, Rewarding Executives and Rais...

Oil and gas companies are hurtling toward bankruptcy, raising fears that wells will be left leaking planet-warming pollutants, with cleanup cost left to taxpayers. The day the debt-ridden Texas oil producer MDC Energy filed for bankruptcy eight months ago, a tank at one of its wells was furiously leaking methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. As of last week, dangerous, invisible gases were still spewing into...

How Utility Companies Use Charitable Giving To Inf...

In June 2019, evangelical pastor Diedric Tupper passionately applauded a 15-year energy delivery plan from DTE Energy, Michigan’s largest utility, at a public meeting state regulators had convened. Tupper’s short, dramatic speech was filled with utility industry talking points — renewable energy isn’t reliable or affordable for low-income residents, he claimed, and the plan’s focus on natural gas would ensure his largely...

Planting trees could help winegrowers adapt to glo...

By providing shade and other benefits, trees growing alongside wine grapes could enable vintners to maintain the quality and character of their wines – even as the world warms. Wine grapes grown in an alley cropping agroforestry system at the Restinclières research farm in southern France. (Photo credit: Erik Hoffner / Mongabay) MONTPELLIER, France – As the world warms due to climate change, winemakers are struggling...

Solar Deal Would Create a New Industry Giant

Sunrun is acquiring Vivint in an all-stock deal, valued at $3.2 billion, leaving Tesla further behind as a provider of residential solar panels and batteries. Sunrun, the nation’s largest residential solar company, said on Monday that it was acquiring a leading competitor, Vivint Solar, to form one of the world’s largest providers of solar equipment. If approved, the all-stock deal would create a company with about 500,000...