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A new brand of Republicans: The rise of conservati...

Sarah Spence is a Republican through and through. Her dad taught her how to shoot a gun when she was around 14. As a teenager, she baby-sat for the children of conservative candidates for the Ohio House. President Donald Trump won more than 75 percent of the vote where she’s from: Oak Hill, a southern Ohio coal- and brick-producing village with a population of 1,551. “When I left, my parents said, ‘Please...

Top Clean Cars and Trucks of 2018

Some of the cleanest cars you can buy today are powered by electricity, though the emissions of an electric vehicle (EV) varies depending on where it is plugged in. Even though parts of the U.S. still partially rely on coal fired power, the average EV sold in the U.S. produces the emissions equivalent of a gas vehicle that gets 73 MPG, and more than 70 percent of Americans live in an area where driving an EV results in fewer...

Scott Pruitt Asks if Global Warming ‘Necessa...

Scott Pruitt, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), suggested in an interview Tuesday that humans “flourished” during warm periods and climate change might not be so bad. Video: https://youtu.be/h-Pq782F9zA “We know that humans have most flourished during times of what? Warming trends,” Pruitt told Nevada news station News 3. “So I think there’s assumptions made that...

Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study

The ozone layer that protects life on Earth from deadly ultraviolet radiation is unexpectedly declining above the planet’s most populated regions, according to a study released Tuesday. A 1987 treaty, the Montreal Protocol, banned industrial aerosols that chemically dissolved ozone in the high atmosphere, especially above Antarctica. Nearly three decades later, the “ozone hole” over the South Pole and the...

White House seeks 72 percent cut to clean energy r...

The Trump administration is poised to ask Congress for deep budget cuts to the Energy Department’s renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, slashing them by 72 percent overall in fiscal 2019, according to draft budget documents obtained by The Washington Post. Many of the sharp cuts would likely be restored by Congress, but President Trump’s budget due out in February will mark a starting point for negotiations and...

Green Energy Ohio — Newark Event

            I want to invite you to attend the first of Green Energy Ohio’s regional events to solicit input on our 2018 agenda.  Details are in this note and in the attached invitation — please feel free to circulate or post through Licking County Concerned Citizens.  Let me know if there are other people or groups who you think might be interested and I will send a note to them as...

Can states deliver on climate promises?

One of the great challenges in climate policy remains translation of lofty pledges and proclamations into actual policy that is subsequently launched, proves sustainable over time, and ultimately delivers on its expected performance goals. The two decades following the Kyoto Protocol feature some major achievements in carbon pricing and other mitigation policies. But they are also littered with numerous failures and...

Letters to the Editor – Lawsuits Against Oil...

THE MERCURY NEWS, San Jose, CA Letter: Lawsuits against oil companies are not necessary  (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) Letter writer says the city of Richmond’s decision to sue oil companies over climate change will discourage investments we need to reduce emissions. By Letters To The Editor | January 25, 2018 at 11:00 pm Regarding the city of Richmond’s decision to sue oil companies over climate change, California climate...

The list of cities suing major fossil fuel compani...

Richmond, California — home to a massive Chevron oil refinery — is the latest city to take on fossil fuel companies over climate change. Richmond, California has become the ninth city in less than a year to bring major fossil fuel companies to court over climate change. On Monday, the city announced that it was filing a lawsuit against 29 oil, gas, and coal companies — including Chevron, BP, and Exxon — to try...

Macron: France Will Shut All Coal-Fired Power Stat...

France will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2021, President Emmanuel Macron announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The deadline is two years ahead of his predecessor Francois Hollande’s goal of shutting down France’s coal-powered plants by 2023. France only produces around 1 percent of its energy from coal-fired stations, as the country is 99 percent dependent on hydrocarbon...

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warm...

Signatories to the Paris climate agreement — every country in the world, unless and until the US drops out in 2020 — agreed to what is by now a familiar goal: “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” How important is that difference, though? How much worse would 2 degrees be than 1.5? Is it worth the...

Battery Storage Revolution Could ‘Sound the ...

If we want to accelerate the world’s renewable energy transition, we’ll have to modernize the electric grid and we’ll need much better batteries. Just look at Germany, which generates so much clean energy on particularly windy and sunny days that electricity prices are often negative. Sure this is good news for a German person’s wallet, but as the New York Times noted, “Germany’s power...

Norway’s PM makes business case of ‘green economy’...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Norway’s prime minister told President Donald Trump on Wednesday that her country remains committed to the Paris climate agreement, making the business case of the “green economy” to the real estate developer-turned president. Prime Minister Erna Solberg noted that many Norwegians drive U.S.-made Tesla electric cars and said her country saw “tremendous economic and business opportunities” as nations around...

Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Reviv...

Columbia University, New York State, Will Host Previous Federal Effort In August 2017, the Trump administration dissolved an advisory committee charged with translating the findings of the periodic National Climate Assessment down to practical local and regional levels. The dismissal drew protests from around the country. Now, a private and public coalition has counterattacked, reconstituting the committee with support from...

How Corporations ‘Bypassed the Politics’ to Lead o...

From mega wind purchases to rooftop solar arrays to electric truck orders, companies of all sizes are stepping up to act on climate.  Some 1,700 American companies have committed to delivering on the Paris Agreement despite the U.S. government withdrawal, from big corporate players like Amazon and Walmart to a coffee shop in Montana. When President Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord attention...