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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...

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,...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘I’m just so angry’: Residents welcome grand jury ...

Breathing problems, unexplained illness, constant noise, light and smell of chemicals — all problems caused to residents by the oil and gas industry, a statewide grand jury found. None of it sounded new to those who have been living near well pads and pipelines for years. Since the Marcellus shale industry exploded in the region in the 2000s, thousands of wells have been drilled across Pennsylvania. The new industry boomed,...