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Buttigieg says former President Carter encouraged him to drop out of the 2020 presidential race

BY: - November 30, 2023

This story was originally published on Michigan Advance. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in East Lansing on Wednesday that former President Jimmy Carter encouraged him to drop out of the 2020 presidential election. “I had come there in hopes that we might be able to earn some support from them, but it was clear […]

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Ahead of climate conference, U.S. House panel tussles over curbs on emissions

BY: - November 29, 2023

Republicans on a U.S. House panel argued Wednesday against aggressive moves to meet carbon reduction goals, saying U.S. fossil fuel companies are working to make their products cleaner. Democrats on the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment, Manufacturing and Critical Minerals countered that to achieve further reductions, federal policies should be continued […]

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Climate grief and the stark choice that confronts us

BY: - November 29, 2023

This commentary was originally published on NC Newsline. If the five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, Americans can be found at all points along the continuum when it comes to global climate change and the environmental crisis that accompanies it. Like many who’ve contemplated a grim healthcare diagnosis that seems […]

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Some states act to protect residents from extreme heat — with a new focus on young people

BY: - November 27, 2023

This story was originally published on Stateline. After two years of record-breaking heat that brought a surge of deaths and health emergencies, several states have enacted or are considering measures designed to protect residents — with a new focus on younger people whose vulnerability is rising with the temperatures. Nationally, heat-related deaths rose from about […]

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New life for old coal: Minelands and power plants are hot renewable development spots

BY: - November 27, 2023

PETERSBURG, Ind. — AES Indiana’s Petersburg Generating Station, which towers over the White River here in southwest Indiana, has been burning coal to generate electricity since the late 1960s. That era, though, will come to an end soon. Two of the power plant’s four coal-burning units have already retired and the last is planning to […]

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Reliability v. sustainability: Inside the debate over the EPA’s proposed carbon rules

BY: - November 21, 2023

Electric reliability has been a hot topic lately — from congressional hearings to regulatory agencies and at the regional transmission organizations that run the electric grid in much of the country. The American electric grid is undergoing a major change, prodded by state and federal decarbonization policies, market forces pushing cheaper and cleaner forms of […]

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As industry struggles, federal, state offshore wind goals could get tougher to meet

BY: - November 4, 2023

Good news or bad news first? Because there was plenty of both this week for the fledgling U.S. offshore wind industry. On Halloween, the Biden administration announced that the nation’s largest planned offshore wind development, Dominion Energy’s 2,600 megawatt Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project, received its last major federal approval. The same day, however, Danish […]

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Name the problem

BY: - October 29, 2023

A few months ago, the Alabama Resilience Council convened to discuss ways to prepare the state for extreme weather events. Interesting ideas surfaced, especially on fortifying homes against storm and wind damage. What wasn’t discussed? Climate change. Last week a school safety commission met to discuss responses to and preparations for violence in schools. There […]

A group of white tanks with the chemical symbol for hydrogen gas (H2) painted in blue on them.

‘So many ways hydrogen can go wrong’: Hub announcements viewed with caution

BY: - October 16, 2023

The Friday announcement that seven projects had been selected to receive $7 billion in seed money to kickstart the production of clean hydrogen across the country was billed by President Joe Biden’s administration as a major step toward slashing carbon emissions, creating thousands of domestic jobs and positioning the U.S. as a clean energy leader. […]

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Biden administration to send $7 billion for clean hydrogen hubs in 16 states

BY: - October 13, 2023

The Biden administration is directing $7 billion from the bipartisan infrastructure law to build seven regional hydrogen power hubs in 16 states, the White House announced Friday. The projects, each of which is a cluster of assets that produce and process hydrogen fuel as an alternative to fossil fuels, will benefit the climate, the economy […]

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Big federal dollars for small state projects aim to get more cars off the roads

BY: - October 13, 2023

A 60-mile pedestrian and cycling trail in Arkansas, an electric street sweeper in Oregon and truck parking facilities in Florida don’t appear to have much in common — let alone any similarity with a conversion of California highways to toll roads or a roundabout in Michigan. But all of the projects will be paid for […]

$1B will bring more city trees. But it’ll take more than seedlings to grow urban forests.

BY: - October 4, 2023

SEATTLE — Over the next five years, leaders here in the Emerald City will spend millions in federal dollars to green up neighborhoods that lack trees. As Seattle and the surrounding region deal with more frequent extreme heat events, residents are starting to view trees as more than a luxury. “The conversation around our urban forest has […]