Rep Tulsi Gabbard’s OFF Act is a Game Changer – Here’s Why

The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act could not be more needed or timely — it details how we ethically get to 100% renewable energy by 2035. By Mark Schlosberg In September, Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (OFF Act). This visionary bill comes as the nation bears witness to the …

Poverty in America

Over three-quarters of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and about half of this group has reported “material hardship” (running out of food [or worrying about running out of food], not being able to afford a place to live or medical treatment, or having utilities turned off). Worse yet, they don’t have savings to handle the future or crises that arise, whether plumbing, car repairs, …

A closer look at carbon taxes in/for the U.S. and Canada and what could work

An essay on the subject by Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University on Policy Options: When asked which climate policy in Canada reduced the most CO2 emissions over the last decade, many people guess BC’s well-publicized carbon tax. They’re wrong. It was Ontario’s ban on coal-fired power, which reduced annual emissions by 25 megatonnes (MT). Surely, then, BC’s carbon tax must have …

Another con: here’s where your tax dollars for defense are really going

By William Hartung, The Nation, October 2017 Here’s a question for you: How do you spell boondoggle? The answer (in case you didn’t already know): P-e-n-t-a-g-o-n. Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the US military routinely justify increases in the Defense Department’s already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to “support the troops.” If you’re already …

How Big Corporations Game Our Democracy into Their Plutocracy. Also, notes from “The Rich Don’t Always Win: The Forgotten Triumph over Plutocracy that Created the American Middle Class” by Sam Pizzigati

When public institutions are governed by private interests. By Ralph Nader, 4 Oct 2017 on Common Dreams A major chapter in American history – rarely taught in our schools – is how ever larger corporations have moved to game, neutralize and undermine the people’s continual efforts to protect our touted democratic society. It is a fascinating story of the relentless exercise …

Solar Technical Assistance for States

The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. Text version In general, the expert assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, and their staff members in order to develop the market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The STAT Network …

Indian government to purchase 10,000 new EVs from India’s Tata Motors as the country starts to transition fleets off of gas and diesel

On Clean Technica, 30 Sep 2017 The government of India has agreed to purchase 10,000 new electric vehicles from India’s Tata Motors as part of a bid to replace the diesel- and petrol/gas-powered cars currently used by government agencies there, a public statement has revealed.  This purchase agreement will play out over the next 3 to 4 years, according to …

RPSs (and the recent fossil fueled vehicle bans) send a solid message and states and the market respond

(Shutterstock) Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state’s utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources by a certain year. Standards range from California’s wildly ambitious 50-percent-by-2030 to Ohio’s modest12.5-percent-by-2026, and everywhere in between. Though they aren’t …

How Benchmarking Data Can Help Cities Meet Climate Goals

By Amy Egerter, RMI September 12, 2017   Cities have set aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets over the past few years. One of the most aggressive is Fort Collins, Colorado, which is targeting up to an 80 percent reduction by 2030, with interim benchmarks along the way. As deadlines draw nearer and the climate risks to urban centers grow, city leaders are …