Plug-in vehicles helping government fleets to jump-start savings and climate progress

By Daniel Cohan, Rice University President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate agreement reaffirmed what was already clear: The federal government is no longer leading American efforts to shrink our carbon footprint. But many state and local governments — along with businesses and consumers — aim to help fill this policy void. At least a dozen governors have joined …

Modeled after the Civil Rights Era’s citizenship and freedom schools, the new Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership teaches skills for the Trump Era.

By Chuck Collins, also see Sarah Van Gelder’s effort underway, June 2017 More than 200 people crammed into a meeting room at Smith College to listen to Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum speak at the May 4 opening ceremony of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership. The new school provides in-person training opportunities in activism in five cities throughout Western Massachusetts. “We need the Sojourner Truth School …

Workhorse hybrid pick-up truck in high demand with fleets due to reliability and cost

By Steve Hanley, Originally published on Gas2, June 2017 With all the hype and hysteria about Tesla in the news lately, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the other companies that are making progress building more sustainable vehicles that will help lower carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Cars are important, but trucks spew out more carbon emissions …

The old are eating the young: Around the world, a generational divide is worsening.

By Satyajit Das, Bloomberg View, 13 June 2017 Pay up.  Photographer: Yui Mok/PA Images Edmund Burke saw society as a partnership between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are yet to be born. A failure to understand this relationship underlies a disturbing global tendency in recent decades, in which the appropriation of future wealth and …

Grid-connected water heaters offer storage capabilities at a fraction of the cost of batteries. The challenge is getting everyone a piece of the returns.

By Herman Trabish, Utility Dive, 20 June 2017 Utilities have always tried to stay out of hot water with their customers. But now, they’re itching to get into it. A wave of interest is building in grid-integrated water heating (GIWH) as a path to system flexibility at a fraction of the cost of battery energy storage. At last count, 53.6 …

A massive list of free online university course providers from around the world

It’s been more than five years since online education got a massive boost when three free online courses, taught by Stanford professors, launched in October 2011. Each of these courses has had over 100,000 students. Professors launched three online course websites: Coursera, edX, and Udacity. And the media started calling the courses provided by these websites “MOOCs”: Massive Open Online Courses. …

Coal CEO admits that ‘clean coal’ is a myth: Coal baron says carbon capture and storage ‘does not work’ and ‘is just cover for the politicians.’

By Joe Romm, Climate Progress, 7 July 2017  Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy. CREDIT: AP/Douglas C. Pizac While President Donald Trump continues to tout “clean” coal, coal baron Robert Murray says it’s just a fantasy. “Carbon capture and sequestration does not work. It’s a pseudonym for ‘no coal,’” the CEO of Murray Energy, the country’s largest privately held coal-mining company, …