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Column: Green jobs are essential to Wisconsin̵...

Throughout 2017, Wisconsinites kept hearing an old argument: jobs versus the environment. We must choose, we are told, between a healthy environment and a strong economy. Nonsense. In fact, during this age of global warming, one of the best ways to build a robust economy is to protect the environment and promote clean energy. And ignoring the effects of climate change hurts our economy. In October, the nonpartisan Government...

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind power capacity even higher, to more 20,000 megawatts, surpassing 19,800 megawatts of...

Ex-XLThe Keystone XL pipeline has won approval in ...

That is no guarantee it will actually be built IN THE nine years since Keystone XL was first proposed it has become the most political of pipelines, pitting environmentalists, ranchers and Native Americans against oil companies, state officials and unionists. Barack Obama’s administration delayed its construction in 2011, then rejected it in November 2015. Shipping oil from Canada’s tar sands, which is one of the dirtiest...

Climate change is disappearing from government web...

Climate change is disappearing from government websites — and from research, too.  GUILLAUME SOUVANT/Getty Images The EPA’s climate change webpage was taken down for revisions in April to “reflect EPA’s priorities under the leadership of President Trump and Administrator Pruitt.” And 214 days later, the page — which explained the basics of climate science and how it affects us — is still down. Though an archived version...

One of the country’s biggest oil fields just turne...

The Belridge oil field near Bakersfield, Calif., is one of the largest in the country. It has been producing oil for more than a century and last year produced about 76,000 barrels a day, according to Aera Energy, its operator. But the oil field is about to become even more remarkable. Its future production operations will be partly powered by a massive solar energy project that will make the oil extraction process more...

In Michigan, study shows utility energy savings mo...

Michigan utilities spend tens of millions of dollars each year on rebates, energy audits and other programs to help customers cut their energy bills. Most of that spending isn’t helping the customers who could use the savings the most, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan. The study from the school’s Urban Energy Justice Lab found energy efficiency programs at Michigan’s two largest utilities...

Cell Phone Radiation Risks: California Issues Grou...

This week, California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and limit use when reception is weak. State officials caution that studies link radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain cancer, lower sperm counts and other health problems, and note that children’s developing brains could be at greater risk. The state...

60 Environmental Rules onthe Way Out Under Trump

Since taking office in January, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority. His administration — with help from Republicans in Congress — has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change. To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse at least 60 environmental rules, according...

Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Val...

DETROIT — In a bid to link its historic past with its future products, Ford Motor said on Thursday that it had chosen a site near downtown Detroit as the base for a high-level team working on self-driving and electric cars. By relocating the group from its corporate campus in nearby Dearborn, Ford is embracing its Motor City roots and creating an urban work environment similar to a Silicon Valley start-up. It is the latest...

3 Charts That Illustrate the Impact of EVs on Batt...

“While this transformation would be extreme, it is not considered impossible.” Electric vehicles will put the pressure on battery, oil and power demand. By 2035, there could be 125 million electric cars on the road, up from 2 million last year. The result: a steep upward swing in demand for batteries and electricity, and a similarly strong decline in global oil demand. A new report from Wood Mackenzie details the rise of...

New, Major Evidence That Fracking Harms Human Heal...

A child born very close to a well is likely to be smaller and less healthy than a child born farther away. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may pose a significant—but very local—harm to human health, a new study finds. Mothers who live very close to a fracking well are more likely to give birth to a less healthy child with a low birth weight—and low birth weight can lead to poorer health throughout a person’s life. The...

World Bank to Discontinue Support for Oil and Gas ...

National Observer (Canada): The World Bank has confirmed that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019 except under exceptional circumstances in the world’s poorest countries. The global financial institution made the announcement at climate summit in Paris on Tuesday, which took place roughly two years after the historic COP21 climate conference in the same city. At Tuesday’s summit, French insurance...

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energ...

“It’s not even subtle,” said one senator.  The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday. At a press conference, they called on Republicans to either restore tax benefits for the renewable energy industry taken away in the bill or dramatically reduce current giveaways...

Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit ‘wi...

www.reuters.com | 3 mins read #Business News December 11, 2017 / 5:11 PM / a day ago Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit ‘will have an impact’: GM Joseph White 2 Min Read DETROIT (Reuters) – If Congress eliminates an electric vehicle tax credit it “will have an impact” on sales of U.S. electric vehicles such as General Motors Co’s Chevrolet Bolt, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Monday. General...

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Pol...

 The smokestacks from Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool, Ohio. Heritage incinerates hazardous waste at this facility. Credit Andrew Spear for The New York Times EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The highway billboard at the entrance to town still displays a giant campaign photograph of President Trump, who handily won the election across industrial Ohio. But a revolt is brewing here in East Liverpool over Mr. Trump’s move to...