Clean energy push caught in congressional chaos

Bills could pass both the House and Senate this week in the push to enact a clean energy policy overhaul to address climate change and other concerns. Still, obstacles to the measures' becoming law remain high.
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U.S. utilities say Biden plan to cut C02 hinges on breakthroughs

The U.S. power industry would struggle to meet presidential hopeful Joe Biden's proposed mandate that it become carbon neutral by 2035 without some big breakthroughs in clean energy technology.

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Is ‘clean energy’ a winning issue for GOP candidates?

With Texas suburbs emerging as a political battleground in the November election, a constellation of conservative groups are arguing that Republican candidates should talk up a wonky issue: Clean energy.


The US South could save money by cleaning up its power grid

Public understanding of clean energy has not kept up with reality. The popular perception is still that clean energy is virtuous but expensive and unreliable, that it needs special favors to compete in the marketplace.


"The proof is in the pudding." Coal country responds to Democrats' clean energy transition

With the 2020 election heating up, coal community groups want residents of Appalachia to be part of the conversation as the energy transition accelerates. 

Investing in clean energy will help economic recovery

California’s economic recovery urgently depends on restoring lost clean energy jobs and actively pursuing additional clean energy investment.

California’s disasters are a warning - climate change is here

The state's heat waves, blackouts, and fires - amid a pandemic - offer a warning of our fossil-fuel future.


Calif. blackouts: A 'wake-up call' for clean energy?

California's blackouts amid scorching heat last weekend were slammed by both President Trump and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). What do they reveal about the vulnerability of the grid as the electricity mix changes?

The failure of our leaders to act on climate change is frustrating

Big business is not altruistic - corporations exist to maximise profits for shareholders often on very short-term cycles. But the hard-nosed business case for committing to 100% clean energy by 2025 is overwhelming.


Report: Clean energy jobs among fastest-growing in state from 2017-2019

The Clean Energy Employment Report says jobs in that sector grew by 8.7 percent, or almost 7,800 jobs, during the two-year period covered in the report. But since then, the pandemic has caused an estimated 55,000 lost jobs in the overall energy sector.

Inside clean energy: Biden’s climate plan shows net zero is now mainstream

Renewable energy costs have gone down so much that opponents can no longer seize upon pocketbook arguments.

What will it take for cities to get rid of natural gas?

As cities’ old gas infrastructure starts failing (with often deadly consequences), the proposed solution is often repairs. But a transition to a clean economy involves eliminating natural gas, so why not start now?

How Joe Biden got greener

This spring, with the Democratic nomination locked up, Biden's campaign faced an imperative challenge: to demonstrate to the liberal wing of the party - including skeptical environmental activists - that he was their guy, that he understood the urgency of the problem and that he would craft a transformative plan to meet the moment.


This prof is shedding light on energy injustice — and how to fix it

Not every household has the same access to clean, efficient energy. Professor Tony Reames has a plan to correct that.
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