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Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.Recently President Obama vetoed a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The president has our heartfelt thanks for showing his leadership and making the right...

Posted February 26, 2015    

India's 100 GW Solar Target Could Create 1 Million Jobs by 2022

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco, Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy Fellow"Renewable energy is essential for India to achieve energy swaraj (independence)."~Railroads Minister Suresh Prabhu at RE-Invest...

Posted February 20, 2015    

A Coal Cap in China's Power Sector Can Reduce Air Pollution and Harvest Economic Benefits

Luan Dong, China Coal Cap Project Assistant, China Climate and Energy Policy Program, BeijingChina's power sector accounts for almost a quarter of the world's total coal consumption, or as much as all the OECD countries consume together. Controlling...

Posted February 17, 2015    

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Consumer, Business, and Green Agreement

Nick Magrisso, Policy Advocate, Midwest Program, ChicagoLast week two seemingly unconnected announcements were made that will likely cast a big shadow over the state of Illinois for some time. Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner gave his first State of...

Posted February 15, 2015    

LED Outdoor Lighting: $6 Billion Annual Savings Opportunity Ripe for the Picking

Noah Horowitz, Senior Scientist and Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency, San Francisco, CAVirtually overnight we are starting to see energy-saving LED lighting almost everywhere. Not only was last weekend's Super Bowl played under LED...

Posted February 10, 2015    

Washington State Takes Next Step on Clean Fuels Standard

Simon Mui, Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San FranciscoWashington's Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) took another step recently by releasing a discussion document about a state Clean Fuels Standard (CFS) for public input and comments....

Posted February 8, 2015    

Stronger Ozone Standards will Safeguard the Health of the Most Vulnerable

Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate and Health Fellow, Washington, D.C.While stratospheric ozone protects us from harmful ultraviolet rays, ozone in the lower atmosphere (roughly zero to 7 miles above ground) poses a threat to human health, aggravating...

Posted February 7, 2015    

Michigan's Energy Efficiency Program for Multifamily Affordable Housing

Ariana Gonzalez, Energy Policy Analyst, Midwest, Chicago OfficeFor many, the New Year means the kickoff of new resolutions, but in Michigan, one energy efficiency project that started well before the flurry of fad diets is celebrating its first six...

Posted February 5, 2015    

Solar Pumps Help Indian Women Salt Workers Escape from Poverty

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San FranciscoThis version of the article was originally published in Sustainable Energy For All on January 29, 2015.Ahmedabad, India, 29 January, 2014 - Solar-powered water pumps provided under the Sustainable Energy...

Posted February 3, 2015    

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

Donna DeCostanzo, Director, Northeast Energy and Sustainable Communities, New YorkLiving in cities is one of the most environmentally friendly things we can do - their more compact design allows residents to drive less and live and work in smaller,...

Posted February 2, 2015    

Making Energy Work for Real People in Michigan

Ariana Gonzalez, Energy Policy Analyst, Midwest, Chicago OfficeAt Michigan's State of the State address this week, Governor Rick Snyder pushed a vision of 2015 that aims to restructure how government operates and works for real people. What this...

Posted February 1, 2015    

New Study Shows Alternative Fuel Supplies Could Triple on the West Coast

Simon Mui, Director, Clean Vehicles and Fuels, San FranciscoIn my line of work to protect public health and the environment from car and truck pollution, one of the largest barriers continues to be, frankly, the lack of clean, alternative fuel...

Posted January 31, 2015