Climate Change

The darker orange areas in this map reflect majority Republican support for government funding of renewable energy research.
Climate Change / Energy / Renewable Energy

Map shows political divide on climate, common ground on clean energy

NEW HAVEN, CT — “A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate […]

The extra contribution to sea level rise from Antarctica will not kick in if warming is kept at less than 1.9C above preindustrial levels, the researchers found. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa
Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — “Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest […]

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Cartoon by Joel W. Pett, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?
AEP / Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?

The coal industry is contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables WASHINGTON, DC — “About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts […]

Wind turbines have become increasingly efficient, as longer wind blades have been developed. photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters
Climate Change / Energy

US will meet Paris accord commitments even if Donald Trump withdraws, says report

Renewable energy will be the cheapest form of power in almost every country by 2020, analysts claim LONDON, ENGLAND — “The plummeting cost of renewable energy means even if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate change accord, America will still meet its commitments in the agreement, a new report has […]

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington
Climate Change

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington

CLEVELAND — As part of a lobby day organized by Earthjustice, Father Neil Pezzulo visited Washington DC earlier this week to lobby Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. Father Pezzulo is First Vice President of Glenmary Home Missioners, located in Fairfield, Ohio. The mission was to oppose HR 806/S263 […]

Devon Energy of Oklahoma since 2011 had secretly played a major role in drafting comment letters sent by Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma to President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the then-E.P.A. Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, among others — letters that ask for actions that could help increase or protect the company’s profits.
Climate Change / Energy / Right-to-Know

The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. chief was arm in arm with industry

WASHINGTON, DC — “During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch to roll back environmental regulations, […]

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA
Climate Change / Energy

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

WASHINGTON, DC — “Once Republican senators lined up behind him, Pruitt’s nomination was never truly in jeopardy. The Senate voted 52-46 on Thursday to end debate on the EPA nomination, lining up a Friday afternoon vote for the nation’s top environmental regulator. The vote tracked partisan affiliations with only a […]

Climate Change / Energy

On eve of confirmation vote, judge orders EPA nominee to release thousands of emails

WASHINGTON, DC — “An Oklahoma judge on Thursday ordered Scott Pruitt, the state’s attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, to turn over thousands of emails related to his communication with the oil, gas and coal industry. The Center for Media and Democracy has been […]

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait
Climate Change / Coal

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait

WASHINGTON, DC — “The document carried the title ‘A Roadmap to Repeal,’ a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. It was a tally of rules that energy industry executives and lobbyists had […]