Washington Supreme Court Delivers Victory for Open Government

Ruling calls into question the future of proposal for nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal. June 8, 2017 (Olympia, WA) – The Washington Supreme Court today rejected the Port of Vancouver USA’s interpretation of the Open Public Meetings Act. Columbia Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center alleged that the […]

Multnomah County adopts goal of all renewables by 2050

As President Donald Trump pulled back on the U.S. commitment to climate action Thursday, Multnomah County stepped forward, unanimously passing a resolution that establishes a goal of meeting 100 percent of community-wide energy needs with renewable sources by 2050. County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had unveiled […]

Peak oil demand as early as 2020?

New report: Due to major transportation disruption, 95% of U.S. car miles will be traveled in self-driving, electric, shared vehicles by 2030 TECHNOLOGY, NEW BUSINESS MODEL AND ECONOMICS DRIVE CHANGE   Automotive and energy sectors face massive changes LONDON and SAN FRANCISCO — A historic revolution in transportation will end over […]

The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming

Oil major Total SA says EVs will drive 15-30% of car sales by 2030 Outlook is more bullish on EVs than most forecasters Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying […]

Solar employs more people in US power generation than coal, oil, and gas combined

In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in 2016, while fossil fuels […]

Yes, the US (still) wastes 68% of its energy

Amidst a worsening climate crisis, LLNL’s 2016 energy update confirms that we continue to waste 68% of the raw energy we use. We’ve increased efficiencies, but the big waste culprits are still burning stuff to generate electricity and driving gasoline or diesel cars, which waste about 80% of the fuels’ […]

Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down

“It’s a whole new world. Instead of having to subsidise renewables, now authorities may have to subsidise natural gas plants to help them provide grid reliability.” The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Stunning drops in the cost of wind and […]

Planning global emissions and planning Oregon emissions

In A roadmap for rapid decarbonization, climate scientists recently outlined a plan for global emission reductions to zero by 2050. The sobering proposal calls for rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and more. They start with the big picture: To hit the Paris climate goals without geoengineering, the world has to do […]

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler backs 100% renewable energy by 2050

On a day when President Trump’s budget director called federal spending on climate change research a “waste of money,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler called climate change the “most pressing issue globally.”  “We are now the line of defense,” Wheeler said at a Thursday evening Climate Action Town Hall at TaborSpace […]

World Water Day: Six Trends for Optimism

More than half a billion people today lack access to clean water, and with climate change, water pollution and booming population growth, pressures on limited water supplies are ratcheting up. Tackling the water crisis can feel like an uphill battle in the United States, with one environmental roll back after […]

How Americans think about climate change

Researchers at Yale University released their latest climate change polling, detailed by state, county, legislative district, and metro areas. The NY Times highlighted several general opinions from the study: Americans want to restrict carbon emissions from coal power plants. The White House and Congress may do the opposite. Most people […]

In surreal role swap, oil industry touts climate action as EPA scorns it

In a once-unthinkable reversal of roles, CEOs of oil giants this week talked up limiting carbon emissions and supporting the Paris Agreement, while the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) scoffed at CO2’s role in climate change and disparaged the U.N. pact. The turnabout was on full display […]

The Conservative Case for Clean Energy

“It’s simply more efficient, it’s better for markets, it’s better for the environment in general. Not because we’re so focused on climate change.” Marilu Hastings of the Mitchell Foundation says, “Clean energy advocates should avoid a knee-jerk battle against President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of energy. While former Texas Gov. […]

Here are dozens of Resistance Resources

Check out the Resistance Resources page at NextGen Climate, who say: “We, the American majority, have heard enough. We know this is a time to stand up and take bold action, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. “During the Women’s March, millions of Americans joined together in one of the […]

New Oil Train Legislation Proposed in Oregon and Washington

Currently, Oregon has the weakest laws on the west coast of the U.S. for oil-by-rail terminals.  With the lifting of the U.S. crude oil export ban and rising oil prices, Oregon could be a target for terminals exporting Bakken crude oil.  If export terminals are approved, all the oil would […]

China has abandoned 103 coal power plants. Here’s what else is changing.

In recent years, images of China often depict smog-filled cities and coal-fired power plants. It is true that a breakneck speed of development over more than three decades has led to a series of environmental challenges, with cities such as Beijing often subjected to pollution levels multiples higher than the […]

Trump Antidote: Kick your carbon addiction

Stop oil trains, coal trains, and climate change with the 12-step plan for carbon addicts: Admit that we all directly or indirectly cause far too much toxic and greenhouse gas emissions due to our fossil-fuel addictions. Calculate your carbon footprint (about one hour) and sign up for the footprint challenge […]