United States

Californians seek “new normal” and accountability following methane crisis

A natural gas well that leaked over four months in California is finally under control, paving the way for the “road to recovery” and justice. The Aliso Canyon gas facility in Porter Ranch, California, just 30 miles from Los Angeles...

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Pause on Clean Power Plan doesn’t change the realities of its benefits

A Supreme Court decision to pause or “stay” the immediate implementation of the Clean Power Plan may serve as a speed bump for the first ever federal limits on carbon pollution from coal power plants, but it won’t change the health ...

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Clashing climate visions in Iowa sets the tone for US leadership race

As US presidential candidates sought to win over Iowans Monday evening, voters were given a taste of what lies ahead for the race to the White House, as contenders landed miles apart on climate. Leading up to yesterday’s caucuses in...

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Court gives states the green light to get moving on the Clean Power Plan

Momentum for the Clean Power Plan continues as the DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that states can continue to design their own plans to boost the economy and protect public health. The Clean Power Plan sets the first eve...

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Another nail in the coal coffin: US halts leases on public lands for better climate

The United States announced today it will pause granting permits for new coal mining projects on public lands for three years, sending another strong signal that there is no future in the already flailing coal industry. Nearly half ...

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Obama kicks off countdown to seal end-of-term climate legacy

US President Barack Obama underscored climate progress under his leadership yesterday, calling on Americans to “invest in the future” by keeping the momentum going into the next presidency. During his final State of the Union addres...

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Californians come to grips with fracking risks during state of emergency

Today, Governor Jerry Brown ordered “all necessary and viable actions” be taken to contain a massive methane leak at the Aliso Canyon gas facility in Porter Ranch, California on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The leak, wh...

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Obama kills Keystone adding even more life into climate movement

US President Barack Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline today, putting an end to a six year political waiting game and simultaneously delivering a major victory to the growing climate movement. Obama said, “America is now ...

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TransCanada bets on fossil-friendly Republican POTUS for final KXL dice roll

TransCanada, the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, is banking on a Republican president following President Obama, announcing Monday that it wants the Obama administration to suspend its permit request for the pipeline until ...

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Bipartisan defense leaders: Climate is a security threat

Today forty-eight highly regarded American defense and security experts united, demanding the US continue to lead on climate change. They called climate a destabilizing force and, in order to maintain national security, they stresse...

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Diversity driving today’s People’s Climate Actions across America

From coast to coast in rural and urban communities, people are engaging in a National Day of Action today to demand bold action for the global climate crisis. They are sending a powerful message of unity and solidarity: climate chan...

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VW scandal highlights need for transparency in transition to clean transportation

The need for businesses to be honest players in the transition to clean energy was on full display Thursday as Volkswagen’s US CEO was grilled on Capitol Hill about the company’s scam to rig diesel cars to beat emissions tests. The ...

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Wind and Solar Get Cheaper, Benefits Get Bigger

Onshore wind energy is now the cheapest source of electricity in many parts of the world and solar power is closing the cost gap on traditional fuel sources according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report fou...

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Clinton finally says no to Keystone, putting eyes on Obama for rejection

A day before Pope Francis will speak to the US Congress about climate change, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is generating headlines for officially opposing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Shining th...

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California takes step but no giant leap thanks to Big Oil’s fear-mongering

California is moving forward on climate policy, but was reminded of the power of big oil in politics along the way. Following successful votes to divest the state’s two largest pension funds from coal, California Senate Bill 350 pas...

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States set the pace in American clean energy transition

As the world transitions away from dirty fossil fuels and toward renewables, leadership is coming from legislatures and governor’s offices in the United States. California, the historic trailblazer when it comes to environmental pol...

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Ten years after Katrina climate solutions are emerging but the climate crisis remains

Across the United States and especially in Gulf Coast communities, the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall brings a number of climate related issues to the surface. The city of New Orleans is using it as an opportun...

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Republican politicians quiet and outdated when it comes to Clean Power Plan

Exactly one week after the United States government finalized its historic Clean Power Plan, the traditional opponents of the transition from dirty energy to clean renewables have failed to muster any credible attacks, let alone off...

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Obama finalizes historic Clean Power Plan

The centerpiece of President Obama’s climate change strategy – the Clean Power Plan – is now finalized. It is the single biggest and most ambitious action the US has ever taken to tackle climate change. Under the initiat...

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Economic analysis finds the Southeast is in the crosshairs of climate change

Texas and the southeastern US face severe economic risk from climate change according to a new report that shows higher temperatures, rising sea levels and coastal storm surge will threaten lives, jobs, businesses and property. The ...

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