Federal judge drama works in favor of California’s waiver

by Ann E. Marimow, Washington Post A clash between judges on two federal courts in Washington has created an early, unusual test of new rules intended to make sure courthouses across the country are civil, harassment-free workplaces. And it has exposed the perils of the reply-all email, even among judges for life. A U.S. District […]

Could climate change spark a financial crisis? Candidates warn Fed it’s a risk

by John Lippert, InsideClimate News A few of the Democrats running for president have started warning about climate change in a way that voters rarely think about yet can profoundly affect their lives. To sum it up: If you think the housing crisis was bad, wait until you see how the climate crisis plays out […]

More natural gas isn’t a “middle ground” — it’s a climate disaster

by David Roberts, Vox Expert opinion on climate change policy has been evolving quickly. The opinion of policymakers has not always kept up. One area where this split is particularly notable is around the role of natural gas in a clean energy future. For Democrats, support for natural gas has always been a signifier of […]

Single-use plastics a serious climate change hazard, study warns

by Sandra Laville, The Guardian The proliferation of single-use plastic around the world is accelerating climate change and should be urgently halted, a report warns. Plastic production is expanding worldwide, fuelled in part by the fracking boom in the US. The report says plastic contributes to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle, […]

Nature in worst shape in human history with 1 million species at risk of extinction, massive UN report warns

by Doyle Rice, USA Today Mother Nature is under attack. In a sweeping, first-of-its-kind report, the United Nations on Monday said that more species now are threatened with extinction than at any time in human history, and that the exploding human population has severely altered the Earth’s land, ocean and freshwater regions. “While the planetary […]

A clean energy revolution is rising in the midwest, with utilities in the vanguard

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Even with all the evidence that renewable energy has become less expensive than fossil fuels, it doesn’t seem real until utilities start to stake their futures on it. For some Midwestern utilities, 2018 is the year that happened. Xcel Energy of Minnesota in early December said it would go to […]

Trump Administration’s strategy on climate: try to bury its own scientific report

by Coral Davenport, NY Times The Trump White House, which has defined itself by a willingness to dismiss scientific findings and propose its own facts, on Friday issued a scientific report that directly contradicts its own climate-change policies. That sets the stage for a remarkable split-screen political reality in coming years. The administration is widely […]

What’s at stake in Brazil’s election? The future of the Amazon

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times The presidential election in Brazil will not only shape the destiny of Latin America’s largest country. It is also a referendum on the fate of the Amazon: the world’s largest tropical forest, sometimes known as the lungs of the Earth. The stakes for the planet are huge. The front-runner for […]

US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

by Matthew Brown, AP News DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President Barack Obama. Environmental Protection Agency acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the changes would save utilities roughly $30 […]

Action Alert: Community Choice Energy being challenged again!

Community Choice Energy becomes stronger with each attack by its opponents and we are counting on you to make this true once again with this latest assault – this time, by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). On December 8th, the CPUC issued a Draft Resolution that oversteps its authority and if passed, will impose substantial burdens […]