Led by Congressman Lamar Smith, GOP coalition seeks to slow down push to new energy technology – San Antonio Express-News

WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, the U.S. government has spent tens of billions of dollars to speed onto the market the energy technology that many believe is the future — from solar panels to industrial-size batteries to modernized nuclear … Continue reading

Solar Embrace

More than a year ago, RMI announced it would focus on community-scale solar. Now, as we enable power purchase agreements (PPAs) at prices 40 percent below median bids, we are seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar, and we are expanding … Continue reading

3 Trump Targets: Here’s What’s at Stake

President Trump signed another executive order on Friday aimed at eliminating regulations. The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets—the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the federal coal … Continue reading

‘Chasing Methane’ – Years of Living Dangerously

Should this be taken into account if we're going to spend money on infrastructure and current administration's energy policies? In 2016, the Obama Administration announced bold regulations to curb methane emissions. Now House Republicans are trying to undo those regulations. … Continue reading

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere

You can’t understand what Trump’s doing without understanding the “Carbon Bubble” American journalists, pundits and media executives have largely convinced themselves that climate change is not a serious political issue, because they think the polls tell them that. A majority … Continue reading

Transforming Appalachia’s Coal-Powered Economy One Community At A Time

Grassroots organizations in coal states have been reaching out to people in coal communities — and seeking financial support from local, state, and federal governments — with initiatives to help ea… Conversation should be what's the best way to transition to renewable energy, not … Continue reading

Look Fast: Solar Is Blowing Past Coal…And Gas…And Wind

Now, here’s a surprise. Wind power has been growing at a rapid clip, but it looks like solar is sneaking up from behind with a Negasonic Teenage Warhead-scale weapon in hand: it’s cheaper. In fact, according to data studied by … Continue reading

Straight outta Lubbock: Scientist and TV station aim at ‘myths’ with new videos

When the Canadian atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe moved to Lubbock 11 years ago to take a faculty position at Texas Tech University, she was well known and regarded in the field of climate-change research, but not too far beyond it. … Continue reading

Intro To Carbon Pricing (Video) | CleanTechnica

You’ve heard the phrase. Now learn the meaning. Carbon price: The price for avoided or released carbon dioxide (CO2) or CO2-equivalent emission permits. In many models that are used to assess the economic costs of mitigation, carbon prices are used … Continue reading

Upend the Tax Havens to Fund Clean Energy Revolution, Group Urges

Two birds. One stone. How to recoup and put to good use the billions of dollars corporations and the super-wealthy hide from governments each year while also funding the renewable energy revolution scientists and experts say is necessary—and technologically possible—to … Continue reading

Being Smart About Solar – BuildSAGreen.org – Build San Antonio Green

Before going solar…. consider these points So…. you’re thinking of going solar. Congratulations! It’s a big step, and a worthy one. By embracing solar power, you help reduce the load on our local energy grid, which cuts down on air … Continue reading

How fast can we transition to a low-carbon energy system?

Starting later this month, the world’s nations will convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that … Continue reading

Moving to Renewable Energy Would Boost Disposable Income And Create A Million Jobs

A new report has found that transitioning to a clean energy economy would be an economic boon to the United States, increasing employment, reducing costs to consumers, and benefiting investors.The report, from NextGen Climate America, showed that investment in efficiency, … Continue reading

Scientists Start $150 Billion Program to Cut Clean Energy Costs – Renewable Energy World

LONDON — Scientists and economists including BP Plc’s former chief executive officer, John Browne, are inviting governments to join a $150 billion program that aims to make clean energy cheaper than coal. The 10-year plan, known as the Global Apollo … Continue reading

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which … Continue reading

Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 | Stanford News Release

One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.This is a daunting challenge. But now, in a new … Continue reading

Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables – Bloomberg Business

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when … Continue reading

What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems? | GreenBiz

What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building topsoil, enhancing pollination, increasing biodiversity or purifying water and air? Is it possible that a city could be … Continue reading

Habitats for humanity: Why our cities need to be ecosystems, too | Grist

The whole better-greener-more-awesome-cities movement has a problem: We haven’t found a good name for it. Sustainable cities! The term brings to mind such mundanity as energy audits and transit routes. Resilient cities! The notion requires us to consider, first, what … Continue reading

Why More Tea Partyers Are Rallying Behind Solar : Greentech Media

For some conservatives, solar is a big green boondoggle promoted by a liberal president to benefit rich environmentalists. But for a growing number of libertarians and conservatives, solar is seen as a tool for promoting competition in electricity markets and … Continue reading