How the US could go from climate laggard to climate leader

These popular policies could make America green again.
Print Friendly and PDF

Explaining Biden's and Trump's climate proposals

As we approach planetary tipping points, it’s vital to understand the two candidates’ plans—or lack thereof (Trump doesn’t have one)—for combatting climate change.

The economic case for electrifying everything

This week on The Energy Gang, we discuss how electrification could yield millions of jobs, plus BP's big pivot and PSEG's big outage flop.

How building a clean-energy electric grid could create a jobs boom

With great crises come great opportunities. Today we have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to solve our current economic crisis: by switching to clean energy.

Is Puerto Rico about to give another terrible energy contract to an American company?

Prepa, the island’s electric power company, and FEMA have found themselves embroiled in scandal before.

Special Issue: How we will all solve the climate crisis

We only have one Earth. And we have the technology to save it.

Does this tiny island off the coast of Maine hold the answer to the future of electricity?

Integrating time-tested technology with emerging innovations, remote Isle au Haut could be a renewable energy model for the rest of the world.

Could a solar-powered uprising reshape Puerto Rico?

After two devastating hurricanes, some island residents are ushering in a new age of renewables.

How Elizabeth Warren would address climate change

Warren's plan praises the proposals pushed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who had built his presidential campaign around climate change.

Heat wave slams the grid. Here's what to know

While nearly two-thirds of the country sweated through a crippling heat wave over the past week that's been blamed for at least six deaths, the U.S. electric grid remained largely upright even as demand for power soared.

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark.

Pacific Gas & Electric vows to improve wildfire prevention

Up to 5 million California customers could temporarily lose power this year in the name of wildfire prevention if regulators approve Pacific Gas & Electric's $2.3 billion safety proposal submitted Wednesday.

Why bailouts won’t make the electric grid more resilient

The Trump administration’s proposals are predicated on the idea that coal and nuclear units possess “fuel security” attributes.

Hacking the electric grid is damned hard

Bringing down the grid is a lot harder than just flicking a switch, but the danger is real — and it may never go away.

From our Newsroom

The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

Above The Fold

Daily & Weekly newsletters all free.