Tar sands crude shipments quietly increased in Oregon, alarming regulators

If oil is moving through Oregon, it’s Michael Zollitsch’s job to know about it. He oversees the state’s emergency responses to oil spills and other environmental disasters. But last March, when Bloomberg News reported oil from Canada’s tar sands was rolling through Zenith Energy’s storage facility in Northwest Portland on its […]

The Great Chinese EV Disruption

The Strid Energy Report for March finds that China leads in electric vehicle (EV) sales and production, motivated by energy security, job creation, and toxic and climate pollution. China is on track to achieve 50% EV sales by 2025.  The EV transition will reset market shares of all automakers and […]

Big solar farms coming to counties near you!

The rain-prone state of Washington has been a little slow on the draw when the topic turns to solar panels, but that is all about to change. The state is announcing its first ever public lands lease for a solar farm, and it’s a doozy: more than 500,000 solar panels […]

A look into Big Oil’s fight against electric cars

Last November, oil industry representatives huddled with conservative state lawmakers at a hotel a few blocks from the White House. The gathering was a covert affair. Reporters were barred from the room. Attendees cast votes in secret. The meeting was organized by the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative bill-writing […]

Republicans show sudden interest in climate threat they adamantly denied

The Weekly Climate Review for March 8, 2019: After years of efforts to quash the mere mention of climate change and kill off any federal actions to curb it, Republicans in the U.S. Congress are suddenly talking about how to tackle the long-denied threat. “[GOP] members are openly using the […]

The Transformative Power of Climate Truth

by Margaret Klein Solomon of The Climate Mobilization. This paper explores the transformative power — and strategic necessity — of climate truth. It explains why only a truth-focused strategy holds the potential for societal transformation on the massive scale that is necessary to protect humanity and the natural world…. Despite what American consumer culture […]

Oregon: Polluted by Money

This new series by the Oregonian highlights the corruption of environmental policies by corporate money. “Oregon once aimed to be the greenest state in America.  “Its leaders adopted the nation’s first bottle deposit. They controlled urban sprawl. They declared ocean beaches public property. “But in the last four years, Oregon’s most […]

Alarm over climate change escalates on multiple fronts

MacArthur Foundation’s Weekly Climate Review Feb. 22, 2019: For years, advocates of climate action have tempered their growing alarm for fear of distressing the public and/or being accused of scaremongering. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump and his ilk made astonishing headway through scaremongering. And now the world’s youngest climate activists, […]

Before It’s Too Late–Mary Christina Wood On Avoiding Climate Disaster

An environmental-law professor at the University of Oregon, Wood is the author of the 2013 book Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, in which she argues that the resources necessary for human survival — including the atmosphere — are part of a trust that the government must safeguard […]

Attacks on wind and solar power by the coal and gas industries

The Energy Policy Institute illuminates some examples of fossil fuel groups and dark money groups resisting wind and solar power projects in the US. Note the misleading names often used: Wind and solar power projects are under attack by coal and gas companies that fear competition from the booming renewable […]

GOP weaponizes Green New Deal, making climate change a cause célèbre

Weekly Climate Review Feb. 15, 2019, by the MacArthur Foundation: The honeymoon was short for the much anticipated Green New Deal introduced by Democratic phenom U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and co-sponsor Senator Ed Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts. At last Thursday’s launch, the joint House and Senate resolution to catalyze a just […]

NYT Op-ed: Time to Panic

The age of climate panic is here. Last summer, a heat wave baked the entire Northern Hemisphere, killing dozens from Quebec to Japan. Some of the most destructive wildfires in California history turned more than a million acres to ash, along the way melting the tires and the sneakers of those trying to escape […]

Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets

Experts warn that failure to act risks spike in global temperatures. Dramatic rises in atmospheric methane are threatening to derail plans to hold global temperature rises to 2C, scientists have warned. In a paper published this month by the American Geophysical Union, researchers say sharp rises in levels of methane […]

Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations. Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run than petrol or diesel alternatives in five European countries analysed in new research. The study examined the purchase, fuel and tax costs of Europe’s bestselling […]

Trump mocks climate change but uses its consequences to promote his fossil fuel agenda

Weekly Climate Review for Feb. 8, 2019: “Trump’s coal bailout is dead,” The Atlantic declared in January 2018, after the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission unanimously rejected it. But could climate change help resurrect it? U.S. President Donald Trump used last week’s polar vortex to once again scoff at global warming, but his administration […]

What can accelerate the electric vehicle transition?

The Feb. 2019 Strid Energy Report SUMMARY: Situation:The electric vehicle (EV) transition will fundamentally disrupt auto and energy markets. It is driven by massive cost-saving opportunities and resisted by oil companies and incumbent auto dealers. The pace of the transition is uncertain, but clearly dependent upon public policies.  Public policy […]

The Biggest Clean Economy Trends in 2018

by Dan Gearino at InsideClimate News: All of the trends that follow are offshoots of the big story of 2018—that the clean energy transition is accelerating and has gained so much momentum that not much can stop it.  Offshore Wind is Here. Last week’s $405 million lease auction for a stretch […]

World struggles to negotiate uncharted climatic and political territory

Weekly Climate Review from the MacArthur Foundation Dec. 21, 2018 “You are not mature enough to tell it like it is. Even that burden you leave to us children,” 15-year-old Greta Thunberg of Sweden said, speaking Sunday at the close of the global climate summit in Poland on behalf of the […]

California Commits to Zero-Emissions Bus Fleet by 2040

California regulators have committed the state to ending fossil fuel use for its roughly 12,000-strong transit bus fleet by 2040, another long-term commitment to reducing the state’s carbon emissions that’s already being driven by the economics of electrifying transit and school buses.  Last week’s unanimous decision by the California Air Resources Board requires all […]

Net-Zero Energy Homes Pay Off Faster Than You Think

As solar and heat pump prices fall, these highly energy-efficient homes are paying for themselves faster. Here’s how they work and why they’re spreading northward. LAMBERTVILLE, Mich.—On a drive down a country road, builder Bill Decker gives an off-the-cuff seminar about energy efficient homes. He shifts from carpentry to electrical […]

Climate change fingerprints were all over these extreme events

Some weather extremes are now 2-3 times more likely because of global warming, research shows. Several 2017 events would have been virtually impossible without it. Many of the world’s most extreme weather events witnessed in 2017, from Europe’s “Lucifer” heat wave to Hurricane Harvey’s record-breaking rainfall, were made much more […]

California’s cap-and-trade system may be too weak to do its job

It was designed to please Big Oil. That may be all it does. California is regarded as a global leader on climate-change policy, having put in place some of the world’s most ambitious carbon-reduction targets. Most recently, it extended its landmark climate law from 2020 out through 2030, drawing international […]

Team Trump conspires with Russians and Saudis to subvert climate talks

Weekly Climate Review Dec. 14, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump prides himself in smashing norms, and that’s just what his administration and their co-conspirators did last Saturday night at the global climate talks in Poland. In an astonishing move, the United States joined fellow petro powers Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in […]

London declares Climate Emergency

Along with 4 other cities in the UK, 5 cities in Australia, and 6 cities in the US, London has upped the pressure on their national government to adopt climate policies commensurate with the climate emergency. Speaking as City Hall outlined its new climate change plan, London mayor Sadiq Khan […]

After Citizens United, a Vicious Cycle of Corruption

NYT OpEd: In the eight years since it was decided, Citizens United has unleashed a wave of campaign spending that by any reasonable standard is extraordinarily corrupt. To see how this operates in practice, let’s take a look at how Paul Ryan, the outgoing speaker of the House, negotiated a […]

Courts Rule Against the Keystone XL Pipeline—Again

In a win for the climate, environment, and local communities, the dirty tar sands pipeline now faces even more delays and uncertainty. The Keystone XL pipeline faced yet another setback on Friday when a federal judge reaffirmed that TransCanada cannot continue any pre-construction field activities until the federal government revises its environmental review—further delaying […]

Greenland’s ice melt is in ‘Overdrive’, with no sign of slowing

The ice sheet is adding more to sea level rise than any time in the last three and a half centuries, new research suggests. Could it be nearing a tipping point? Beyond 2100, recent research suggests that at least 30 feet of sea level rise have already been locked into the […]