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Legislation Introduced to Address the Rising Impacts of Urban Flooding

Becky Hayat, Water Policy Advocate, Santa Monica, CaliforniaUrban flooding is a serious and growing problem. “Around 20-25 percent of all economic losses resulting from flooding occur in areas not designated as being in a “floodplain,” but as a...

Posted October 19, 2014    

World's "First Fuel" - Energy Efficiency - Coming Out of Hiding

Sheryl Carter, Co-Director, Energy Program, San FranciscoThe International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its second annual Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014 confirming energy efficiency’s place as the world’s “first fuel” and estimating the...

Posted October 18, 2014    

Transitioning Away from HFCs: An Energy and Climate Change Opportunity

Avinash Kar, Senior Attorney, San FranciscoBlackouts and power outages, like the recent September blackouts in Mumbai, are an unfortunate part of daily life in India. A couple of years ago, grid outages roiled large swaths of India, leaving more...

Posted October 17, 2014    

812 Million Ways Louisiana Could Have Made Itself More Resilient

Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, ChicagoA report released last week has revealed that the State of Louisiana has failed to make use of $812 million in disaster mitigation money it was given to make its communities more resilient and better prepared...

Posted October 12, 2014    

Fuel Economy Continues Upward Climb to New Record

Luke Tonachel, Vehicles Analyst, New York CityThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has crunched the numbers and the fleet of cars and light trucks sold with model year 2013 hit a new record of 24.1 miles per gallon (mpg). The latest Fuel Economy...

Posted October 10, 2014    

Old News in New Bottles: Economists Say Curbing Climate Change Will Help Our Economy

David Goldstein, Energy Program Co-Director, San FranciscoIt was great to see economists in two separate New York Times opinion pieces recently noting that controlling climate pollution may be economically beneficial rather than restraining growth,...

Posted October 9, 2014    

Emerging Jobs, Suppressing Leaks

Vignesh Gowrishankar, Staff Scientist (Sustainable Energy), New YorkFinding and fixing natural gas leaks from the oil and gas sector now constitutes an emerging industry, with the potential to create a large number and variety of well-paying jobs,...

Posted October 6, 2014    

Cold Days For Coal Could Mean Better Forecast for Our Climate

Theo Spencer, Senior Advocate, Climate Center, New YorkThe future is looking darker for the coal industry.Publicly-traded giants such as Alpha Natural Resources, Arch and Peabody have seen their stock prices hit historic or near-historic lows....

Posted October 4, 2014    

US and India Progress on Long-Missed Opportunity: Increasing Clean Energy Access

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C., Co-written with Avinash Kar and Meredith ConnollyMeeting in Washington, DC this week, President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made important commitments for U...

Posted October 3, 2014    

Hazy Midwest Power Outlook Clears a Bit: More Regional Cooperation Needed

John Moore, Senior Attorney – The Sustainable FERC Project, ChicagoSome energy industry observers recently have made much ado about concerns that the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator (or MISO), the entity responsible for managing the...

Posted October 1, 2014    

Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action?

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco, Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law & Policy Fellow Today, President Barack Obama meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in what could be one of the most significant...

Posted September 29, 2014    

Protecting Us Abroad, Ensuring Energy Independence at Home

David Murray, Program Assistant, Energy and Transportation, New York CityMeet one of solar energy’s top advocates: the U.S. military. Whether it’s on an Air Force base in Arizona or at a U.S. Marine outpost in Afghanistan, service members know...

Posted September 27, 2014