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Continuing to Lead by Example on Federal Sustainability

April 2, 2015 by Jason Ye

The Obama Administration recently issued a new executive order that builds on energy-saving advances and ups the targets for federal agencies to do even more. Joining in the commitment to cleaner energy and energy efficiency were 14 companies that are major federal suppliers.[read more]

Obama Administration Quietly Seeks Extra Boost for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors

March 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Last week, the president issued an executive order mandating a 40% cut in carbon dioxide emissions across government agencies. Buried in the list of qualifying clean energy technologies was a reference to small modular nuclear technologies that are smaller and less capital-intensive than light water reactors.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Chinese Official Urges Emphasis on 'Climate Security'

March 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

China and Climate Action

A top Chinese weather scientist told the Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a serious threat. It was a rare admission for a Chinese official, while the government has acknowledged global warming, it does not usually elaborate on potential problems from climate change.[read more]

As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

December 23, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
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The U.S. risks moving from climate denial to climate despair; that citizens can do little to stop impacts, that government doesn't have the political courage needed to adequately address the problem, and that industry genius will falter and not develop the technologies to solve climate change in time.[read more]

China's Latest Mandate: 30% of Government Cars Need to Be Electric or Use Alternative Fuel

July 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

China has mandated that at least 30% of government vehicles purchased in the next two years must be fueled by alternative energy. The plan for "new-energy vehicles" includes electric cars, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen electric fuel cell vehicles, according to an announcement reported on by Bloomberg News.[read more]

Climate Change and the American Economy

May 30, 2014 by Elias Hinckley
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The 3rd National Climate Assessment was released earlier this month, painting what amounts to a very frightening picture of the spiraling costs of climate change and climate disruption to America and highlighting the need to price carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

Australia's Big Fat Solar Energy Policy Failure Exposed

March 27, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Almost five million Australians have benefited from policies that support solar energy. However, given that government policy is a fickle political weapon, the vast majority of incentives are gone or in grave danger. The pendulum of political favour is swinging the other way.[read more]

If Washington Can't Lead in Policy, At Least It's Leading in Energy Efficiency

March 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Government and Energy Efficiency

A few years ago, passing energy benchmarking rules was considered a significant leap forward in efficiency policy. Benchmarking is still in its infancy in the U.S., but some early movers, like Washington, D.C., are already looking far beyond gathering Energy Star scores.[read more]

In Defense of Picking Winners

March 4, 2014 by Severin Borenstein
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Picking Winners

Virtually all economists working on climate change agree that we should price GHG emissions. Doing so creates an incentive to reduce emissions without the government directing specific technology adoptions or activity changes, that is, without “picking winners.”[read more]

As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

February 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last year was the driest year on record for California, and while we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn’t let up by any measure. We’ve been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently.[read more]

The Burning Question: Who is Up to the Climate Challenge?

February 11, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Burning Questions on Climate Change

The United Nations IPCC has issued its Fifth Assessment Report, which concludes the warming of the climate system is unequivocal, human influence on the climate system is clear, and limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

New Federal Agency Renewable Energy Target Overlooks the Importance of Electricity Storage

December 10, 2013 by James Greenberger

On the three-dimensional grid of the 21st Century, energy efficiency is not just about increasing the absolute amount of renewable energy generated and decreasing the amount of energy consumed. It is about managing the entire electricity grid, in all of its dimensions.[read more]

Why We Need a Fracking Moratorium on Public Lands

November 16, 2013 by Amy Mall
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Last week we got one of our first glimpses into what U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell thinks about fracking – and it wasn’t promising. Her viewpoint on this topic is important because she is overseeing new rules for the controversial oil and gas extraction process for public lands.[read more]