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Days Of Action: Why We Vote

Tom Steyer | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Tom Steyer

Voting is our right, but it is also our responsibility. Because if we don't take the next step and elect leaders who are committed to building a better future for our kids, other rights -- our rights to clean air, clean water, health and prosperity -- are placed directly in harm's way.

The Gathering Storm

Michael E. Mann | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Michael E. Mann

The scientific debate about whether human-caused global warming exists is long over. The remaining window of time for the needed transformation is short, and the only real issue is how we respond. This is where U. S. leadership is most critical.

Get Mad And Take Action

Kees Kruythoff | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Kees Kruythoff

NRG CEO David Crane's recent blog 'Being Mad As Hell for the Clean Energy Revolution' is spot on. His passion inspires me to join in the call for action on the challenge of climate change and many societal issues that our world faces today.

6 Reasons the U.S. Should Step It Up and Lead on Climate

Rosaly Byrd | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Rosaly Byrd

As the UN Climate Summit approaches and countries begin to reveal their reduction commitments for the 21st United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in 2015, all eyes are on the United States and President Obama.

Throwing a Wrench in the Climate Denial Machine

Anna Clark | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Anna Clark

Denial is a waste of American ingenuity, talent and energy. If we want to remain competitive in the global economy, we should redirect our energies into making America great through conservation, innovation and education.

Individual Material Consumption, Guilt and the Crisis in Global Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 08.16.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

A key question as we make the long transition to a sustainable and renewable economy and culture is the role of individual responsibility and personal lifestyle. In the end, our individual behavior as "consumers" adds up to the crisis of sustainability, but the causes of this crisis are far from simple.

The EU: Climate Emitter or Committer?

Yvo de Boer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Yvo de Boer

Looking back at the history of climate negotiations, it has been framed as a long suffering process, characterized by a lack of vision and ambition, and politicization of possibilities. All of this has lead to there currently being more carbon into the planet's atmosphere than ever before.

California's Cap-and-Trade Program -- More Than Just a Solution for California

Gary Gero | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Gary Gero

Throughout the world California has a well-deserved reputation for leadership and innovation. Our efforts to combat climate change continue this tradition of leadership.

What the Australian Elections Mean (and Don't Mean) for Climate Policy and the Left

Eli Lehrer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green
Eli Lehrer

The recent elections in Australia weren't a referendum on climate change itself. And, for both Australia and the world, that's a good thing.

Companies Unite in Call for U.S. Climate Change Policy

Mike Bellamente | Posted 06.11.2013 | Green
Mike Bellamente

Leaders from the business community made one thing clear when they came together on Wednesday to announce a 100-day corporate campaign in support of c...

Climate Science in Lieu of Climate Action Is Unconscionable

Richard Steiner | Posted 01.12.2013 | Green
Richard Steiner

Future historians will undoubtedly reflect on the peculiar climate politics of our time, where the cause, effects, and solutions to climate change were well understood, but political paralysis delayed the obvious and only solution: reducing carbon emissions.

Hey Pols: Hurricane Sandy Is Climate Change

Josh Garrett | Posted 12.30.2012 | Green
Josh Garrett

Manmade climate change is happening right now, bringing us more "unprecedented" weather events like Hurricane Sandy more often.

Just Price Carbon

Jon Anda | Posted 05.14.2012 | Green
Jon Anda

Blame it on the recession or natural gas prices or politics or whatever else. But we cannot deny that we are in green financial crisis, and one that is steadily worsening.

What Jeremy Lin and US-China Cooperation on Climate Change Don't (Yet) Have in Common

Angel Hsu | Posted 04.25.2012 | Green
Angel Hsu

If China and the U.S. aim to bring their own version of "Linsanity" to climate and energy policy under new leadership, then both countries must pursue active and open dialogue and seek middle ground in the current race of self-interest.

2012's Not-Quite Hopeless U.S. Climate Policy

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.10.2012 | Green
Steven Cohen

While I do not hold out much hope for a new U.S. climate bill this year, there are plenty of other actions now underway. Young people understand the challenges of global sustainability and I am convinced that the situation is far from hopeless.

Carbon Trade Wars: Why U.S. Should Accept EU Rules on Aviation Emissions

Jonas Meckling | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Jonas Meckling

The EU's move on aviation emissions is leading the way on climate, potentially triggering an upward spiral of climate regulation.

Celebrating Green Business Success in Cancun

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

Driving change and convincing people that green is good for business requires logic, facts, examples ... but also passion, emotion, and yes, cheerleading. What's wrong with celebrating every now and then?

Swimming for Wind Power in America

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Denise Bode is America's leading wind energy advocate and all the conversations she's hearing in Cancún are about exciting wind projects across the globe -- except in America.

Nordhaus and Shellenberger Are Wrong Again

Paul Tullis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Tullis

The latest missive from Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger -- the professional contrarians posing as environmentalists -- is a collection of factu...

The New Path Forward on Climate Change

Fred Krupp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Fred Krupp

If we are going to de-carbonize our economy, we have to de-polarize the politics surrounding the conversation. No major environmental law has ever passed without substantial bipartisan support.

How Energy Reform Can Break the Partisan Stalemate

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Teryn Norris

In the aftermath of the midterm elections, it's unlikely that Washington can overcome the crippling gridlock in Congress. Yet one critical opportunity for bipartisan compromise stands out among the rest: energy policy.

Australia's Hazardous Road To Climate Action

Peter Boyer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Peter Boyer

We are a contradictory species, and no more so than here in Australia. The nation that gave birth to green politics is also among the planet's top car...

Outcome of U.S. Midterm Election Already Clear: Polluters Win Again

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

The anti-science caucus is coming to a Congress near you, and we have polluters and wealthy corporate fat cats largely to thank for it.

Charles Koch Challenged to Debate Prop. 23 by California Student Leader Joel Francis

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Student leader Joel Francis challenges Charles Koch to meet him "anytime, anywhere in the state before election day" to explain why Koch is meddling with democracy in a state he doesn't even live in.

China Leads the Clean Economy Race

Andrew Winston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Winston

China is supporting its renewable energy industries so aggressively and lowering their cost of business so much, that it's likely the country is breaking World Trade Organization rules on fair play.