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Oklahoma - First State to Choose a Federal Plan for Power Plant Carbon Pollution (Don't Worry, They'll be OK)

David Doniger | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order yesterday prohibiting her state's environmental agency from even beginning to develop a state plan to limit power plants' carbon pollution.

Despite Hoopla, Court Challenge to Clean Power Plan Likely to Fail

David Doniger | Posted 04.22.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The much ballyhooed legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by coal companies and conservative state attorneys-general, ran out of steam Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington.

Climate Change and the Courts: Court Rejects Latest Industry Ploy to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

David Doniger | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Here's the important point: While EPA considers these questions, the Clean Air Act's "best available control technology" requirements remain fully in effect for carbon pollution, just as for any other dangerous pollutant. That's another important court victory for the fight against climate change, for EPA and the Clean Air Act, and -- most importantly -- for all of us.

Mitch McConnell's Weak Hand

David Doniger | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Members of Congress used to respect the president's constitutional role to speak for our country with one voice in foreign affairs. But, like the recent letter from 47 Republican Senators to the Iranian mullahs, McConnell's "just say no" message to foreign leaders shows that those days are gone.

Next Step on Road to Climate Agreement in Paris Wraps Up in Geneva

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Countries leave here with a sense of the various options for a new agreement in Paris and some greater clarity on how each country is preparing for their specific commitments that will be captured in this agreement. It will be a difficult negotiation, but some signs emerged this week on the potential shape of the agreement.

The Kennedy-Johnson Climate Legacy

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Fifty years after President Johnson signaled a new concern to Congress in carbon pollution, we know he was right. Fifty years from now, how will the next generation look back on us? Will they say that we dealt with a moral and technological challenge of our time?

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Agreement

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.31.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The new agreement will be centered on several key issues including: (a) new emissions reduction targets that countries will commit to implement; (b) investments to support developing countries in their efforts to address climate change; and (c) tools to ensure that countries meet their commitments.

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December.

Leaders Can and Must Rise to the Challenge to Confront Climate Change

Jake Schmidt | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

We need a can-do spirit going into next year. And we need leaders that are prepared to be known as the ones that turned the corner on climate change. History will look back favorably on leaders that rise to the challenge and future generations will shower anger at those that didn't.

Pro Hockey Releases Sustainability Report

Allen Hershkowitz | Posted 09.20.2014 | Green
Allen Hershkowitz

NHL's focus on controlling the use fossil-fuels and limiting greenhouse gas emissions is a mainstream wake-up call confirming that climate disruption poses an existential threat to everything we hold dear, including sports and recreation.

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Some commentators' logic essentially boils down to two false perspectives -- that U.S. cuts in its power sector emissions don't matter in the context of global efforts to address climate change and that the rest of the world, particularly China and India, isn't doing anything to curb their pollution. Both assumptions are wrong.

Climate Change Damages Are Happening Now & More Severe Impacts Are Coming if We Don't Act Aggressively

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

We shouldn't need another wake-up call that it is time to act aggressively to curb climate change, but this report should serve as the last wake-up call to those sitting on the sidelines.

Key Actions to Deliver on Secretary Kerry's New Climate Policy Directive

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Secretary Kerry has just issued his first "Policy Directive" as U.S. secretary of state. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an "all hands on deck" approach to this issue.

Big Hopes for the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement in 2014

Joe Solomon | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

Young college students today have far more power than you realize. You are the first generation that isn't just fighting for your grandkids, or for your children per say -- but for your own future.

Historic Agreement to Slash Energy Use by Set-Top Boxes Will Save $1 Billion Annually

Noah Horowitz | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Noah Horowitz

The agreement caps a year of negotiations between the pay-TV industry and efficiency advocates and is great news because it will save three power plants' worth of electricity -- and 5 million metric tons of carbon pollution that contributes to climate change -- every year by 2017.

Important Test of the Overseas Coal Funding Restrictions -- Pakistan Coal Power Plant Set for Vote

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to vote on whether it will provide $900 million in funding for a new coal power plant in Pakistan. This project clearly violates the terms of those public commitments so the U.S., U.K., Nordic countries, and others must vote no on that project.

Work Together When Washington Can't: New Partnerships Will Lead Fight Against Climate Change

Tom Steyer | Posted 02.04.2014 | Green
Tom Steyer

That's 53 million people and GDP of $2.8 trillion. So it's not a stretch to say the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy will make a huge difference for the entire country. And guess what? Congress had nothing to do with it.

Warsaw to World Leaders: You Have Your Work Cut Out for You

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

There is already ample evidence that humanity isn't acting quickly enough to address climate change. The need for greater action in 2015 is obvious. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that countries can get their act together by then.

Too Much Public Funding Is Going Into Coal Projects in Key Countries: Preliminary Findings Show

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Since 2007, over $59 billion of public financing has supported coal projects through funding from development banks and international financial institutions in key countries.

How Did They Do That?! Environmental Leadership, One Electric Car At a Time

Joel Reynolds | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Joel Reynolds

If one measure of society's progress is environmental understanding and activism, the students of Team Marine are light-years ahead of where I was at their age. And that's very good news for all of us.

Keystone Fails the President's Own Test

Tom Steyer | Posted 09.30.2013 | Green
Tom Steyer

So when and if Canada vows that it will offset the burning of the tarsands through a similar uncapped system, there is no reason to view that promise is anything but empty. That's why it's so crucial that the president's promise be rock solid.

Facilitating International Climate Action through President Obama's Climate Action Plan

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

In unveiling the U.S. National Climate Action Plan, President Obama signaled two important things that will help international efforts to address climate change -- he signaled that the U.S will act at home to reduce its pollution and it will take steps to help secure strong international action.

US-China Agreement on Super Climate Pollutant Could Make an Important Dent on Climate Change

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Over the weekend, Obama and Chinese President Xi agreed to work together to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- a "super greenhouse gas." They agreed to work under the Montreal Protocol.

How Do You Get to Be the Most Energy Efficient Economy of the World?

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

How do you get to be the most energy-efficient economy in the world? That's the subject of the new ACEEE International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool.

Aviation Industry to Governments: We Want a Global Cap on Aviation Climate Pollution Adopted This Year

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.03.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The aviation industry just endorsed an agreement that they "strongly encourage" governments to adopt a single global market-based measure to cap aviation's climate pollution at this year's meeting of the U.N. body tasked with managing international aviation.