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Landfilling Old Solar Panels Likely Safe for Human...

The International Energy Agency will later this year release research showing solar panels could be landfilled safely amid growing concern over the disposal of renewable energy components. Solar panels have a range of recycling options but none are perfect. The challenges for wind turbine blades are even greater. The IEA study will show that disposing of solar panels in landfill is unlikely to have an adverse impact on human...

3 States Pass Anti-Pipeline Protest Bills in Two W...

In just two weeks, three states have passed laws criminalizing protests against fossil fuel infrastructure. Between March 16 and March 25, the governors of Kentucky, South Dakota and West Virginia all signed laws designating oil and gas pipelines and facilities “critical” or “key” infrastructure and imposing new penalties for anyone caught tampering with them, HuffPost reported Friday. The laws came...

EV groups brace for phase 2 of Trump fuel standard...

Dive Brief: The Trump Administration is set to release phase two of its fuel standard rollbacks this week in a move electric vehicle advocates fear could hinder the United States’ progress on EV deployment. In September, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued part one of its Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule, which prohibits...

Trump could roll back Obama mpg rules as soon as T...

Washington — The Trump administration is expected to finalize its plan to roll back stringent gas-mileage rules enacted by the Obama administration as soon as Tuesday. The administration’s plan is expected to call for reducing the required annual fleetwide average mpg increases for carmakers for model years 2021-2026 from the original 5% that would have required under the Obama-era rules, to a less-stringent 1.5%. The...

Obama’s stimulus guru sees post-pandemic Rx ...

If lawmakers on Capitol Hill need advice on rescuing the economy from the coronavirus crisis, they might turn to Joe Aldy. Aldy, 48, served as special assistant to President Obama for energy and environment at the height of the Great Recession.In that role, he took the lead on crafting the clean energy provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the massive stimulus package that put $787 billion into...

World’s Wind Power Capacity Increases Nearly 20% i...

The growing demand for renewable energy led to record setting growth in wind power capacity as technology has made harnessing wind power increasingly efficient and more wind farms have been completed and have joined the electrical grid, according to The Telegraph. The Global Wind Energy Council reported that in 2019 wind power capacity grew by 60.4 gigawats, which was 19 percent more than 2018. The report credited growth in...

TVA burns last coal at 1,150MW Paradise plant

President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant at Paradise burned its last load of coal last month. The plant’s closure — in a county that once mined more coal...

Coronavirus May Mean Halt to Global Solar Gains—Fo...

Revised forecasts indicate that demand for solar panels will be down this year for the first time since the 1980s. In the middle of a public health emergency, it’s difficult to think about much of anything besides keeping everyone safe. But we also need to look ahead at the potential economic effects of this crisis on the transition to clean energy. With that in mind, we are getting a better idea of what coronavirus...

100% Renewable Energy in Virginia? It Is the First...

Virginia, which now has a Democrat as governor and Democrats in control of the statehouse, has followed the lead of several other blue states and committed itself to transition away from fossil fuels to a clean, renewable, carbon-free energy, as Vox reported. It makes Virginia the first state in the South to commit to 100 percent clean energy. Last September, Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order for the state to run...

How to Pay for the Progressive Policy Agenda: COVI...

Dear Concerned Citizens, journalists/social media/communications professionals, You are cordially invited to a webinar on “How to Pay for the Progressive Policy Agenda: COVID-19 Crisis Response, Green New Deal, Medicare for All, and Beyond” hosted by Brand New Congress (BNC) and the Global Institute for Sustainable Prosperity (GISP) on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 8 pm EDT. When: Thursday, March 19th, 2020 Time:...

State, industry leaders break ground on historic s...

State Representative Shane Wilkin (R-Hillsboro) joined Speaker of the House Larry Householder (R-Glenford) and other state and energy industry leaders Thursday in breaking ground for what will be the largest solar project in Ohio history. The groundbreaking kicked off construction on the 200 MW Hillcrest Solar facility which, when completed, will power approximately 39,000 homes. It is Ohio’s first utility-scale solar...

With ‘solutions journalism,’ reporters...

Under this approach, journalists rigorously report on potential solutions to society’s problems. Whether reporting on sea-level rise, crop failures, or natural disasters, journalists are often the bearers of bleak news about global warming. But Liza Gross of the Solutions Journalism Network says that the bad news on climate is not the only news. And she says that unrelenting negative coverage can turn viewers and readers off...

Editorial: United front needed on climate change

This editorial represents the opinion of the Dispatch editorial board, which includes the publisher, editor, editorial page editor and editorial writers. Editorials, like opinion columns, represent a particular viewpoint and are not to be confused with news stories. In a week in which the news seemed especially grim and mankind’s problems especially daunting, having three pragmatic politicians come to Westerville with a...

Net zero isn’t enough: Congress must fight h...

There’s a new climate buzzword taking hold of Congress: “net zero.”  Net zero climate targets purport to remove as much carbon from the atmosphere as is put in typically by 2050. From the CLEAN Future Act to the American Public Lands and Waters Climate Solution Act, it is becoming the defining goal of national climate legislation.  While net zero may sound good on the surface, the fact that it’s being embraced by the biggest...

The Government Must Abandon its Fossil Fuel Power ...

No longer should our survival be an afterthought. If we are to withstand the climate crisis, every decision should begin with the question of what the planet can endure. This means that any discussion about new infrastructure should begin with ecological constraints. The figures are stark. A paper published in Nature last year showed that existing energy infrastructure, if it is allowed to run to the end of its natural life,...