What does Tesla’s Model 3 surge mean for the EV market?

Tesla has, as of September 30, sold more than 78,000 Model 3s in the United States. If fourth quarter 2018 sales can match third quarter (and there is no reason to think they won’t), then Tesla Model 3 sales for 2018 would stand at 132,000. Oh, and for September, the […]


Western States Petroleum Association massively resists i1631

If you’ve received glossy brochures about how i1631 will increase your fuel costs, just look for who funded it–Phillips 66, BP America, Andeavor, etc. Oil companies are existentially threatened by proper climate change actions because all decarbonization plans call for drastic reductions of fossil fuel usage. The fossil-fuel industry has […]


Influential governments snub scientists’ ultimatum for averting climate cataclysm

Oct. 12 weekly climate update from the MacArthur Foundation: Climate change finally received adequate press coverage this week, as scientific findings and political realities collided head-on. The U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) definitely grabbed the world’s attention with release of its report warning that global warming could reach […]


MN Valve Turners Acquitted On All Charges In Landmark Climate Necessity Defense Trial

Judge Throws Out Felony Charges Against Climate Defenders! BAGLEY, MN — District Court Judge Robert Tiffany acquitted defendants of all charges today in the Clearwater County case of two “Valve Turners,” Annette Klapstein and Emily Johnston, and support person Ben Joldersma. Judge Tiffany ruled that the prosecution failed to demonstrate […]


Scientists and policymakers struggle over delivery of grim climate prognosis

MacArthur Foundation’s Oct. 5 Weekly Climate Report: A Washington Post headline on Wednesday nicely summed up the sobering news coming from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting this week in South Korea: “Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news.” Negotiators from more […]


Trump Administration Assumes 7-Degree Temperature Rise

… and therefore more emissions won’t matter. Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous seven degrees by the end of this century. A rise of seven degrees Fahrenheit, or about four […]


Trump’s U.N. bluster and SCOTUS hearings eclipse weighty climate news

MacArthur Foundation’s Weekly Climate Review from Sept. 28, 2018: This week brought a barrage of notable climate news that was all but obscured by the media’s obsession with Donald Trump’s braggadocio at the United Nations and the alleged boozy, teenage sexploits of his U.S. Supreme Court nominee. While both spectacles […]


Washington i1631 Explained

Anyone who has studied carbon pricing knows that the devil is in the details. Here’s a thorough analysis of the i1631 ballot initiative by CarbonWA.


Alarming Ice Research

MacArthur Foundation’s Weekly Climate Review from Sept. 21, 2018: Move by oil giants stands out amid flurry of climate promises The past seven days brought a flurry of promises for climate action as well as some artful dodging, but an announcement by U.S. oil giants may prove to be the […]


6 Charts Showing the Renewables Threat to Natural Gas

Why build gas peaker plants when solar or wind plus energy storage is cheaper? Today, utility storage capacity amounts to around 6 gigawatt-hours worldwide, but Wood Mackenzie predicts a more than tenfold increase, to at least 65 gigawatt-hours, by 2022. The U.S. will continue to lead this build-out, thanks to […]


Arcimoto Readying Three-Wheel EV for Production

Arcimoto is an electric vehicle company from Eugene, Oregon developing the fun utility vehicle, or FUV, a tandem two-seat, three-wheeled electric vehicle. The company’s first vehicle is a tandem two-seat three wheeled electric motorcycle with an estimated range of 70 miles (110 km) or 130 miles (210 km), depending on battery pack purchased […]


Billionaire Nick Hanauer Berates Neoliberalism

“How did we get to the point where the highest standard a business will hold itself to is simply the absence of evil? “And how did we get to a so-called “ethics” of business that insists that the only affirmative responsibility of a corporate executive is to maximize value for […]


The Death of Global Coal Growth

For years we’ve known that the coal industry was a dead man walking in the United States. So the industry has clung to future growth in other markets to justify its place at the table. But now, even those prospects are fading. We’ve already hit peak coal generation. We’re close to […]


What if Mother Nature Is on the Ballot in 2020?

NY Times Op-Ed by Thomas Friedman: Democrats could have a strong issue to run on if the extreme weather persists and President Trump continues to dismiss climate change. What if this time is different? There is an assumption that the 2020 presidential election will be business as usual: Donald Trump will […]


What Can I Do About Climate Change?

Here’s a great summary by Bill McKibben: Be a part of the movement. Please join me at the Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice global day of action this September 8th. You can find an event near you at riseforclimate.org. People ask me all the time: ‘what can I do to fight climate change?’ And […]


Trump’s trade war poses threat to global support for Paris Agreement

The MacArthur Foundation’s weekly global climate news summary: The European Union and China have become the main bulwark against U.S. President Donald Trump’s effort to erode the world’s commitment to the Paris Agreement. Unfortunately, both appear to be shaken by Trump’s trade war, which could diminish their tenacity where the […]


Millenium Coal Terminal Appeal Denied

August 15, 2018 (Olympia, WA)—Today, the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) affirmed the Department of Ecology’s denial of a necessary water quality permit for Millennium, a coal company whose proposed coal shipping terminal on the Columbia River has already met several permitting roadblocks. In 2017, Ecology denied Millennium’s […]


Climate concerns spur paradigm shifts, even if they’re little and late

Paradigms continue to shift in response to climate change, even if they aren’t doing so fast enough or at sufficient scale to prevent climatic upheaval. Still, a global transformation appears to be inexorably inching forward, as evidenced by this week’s news. This post is a compendium of weekly national and […]


Portland Clean Energy Fund doubles signatures needed for November ballot

The Portland Clean Energy Fund campaign called supporters to the City Hall courtyard onJuly 5 to announce its submission of 60,000 initiative petition signatures, which should be enough to easily qualify the measure for the November ballot. Campaign organizer and Verde Executive Director Tony DeFalco said supporters are going to […]


NYT: How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Climate change can be overwhelming. The science is complex, and when it comes to future impacts, there are still a lot of unknowns. While real solutions will require action on a global scale, there are choices you can make in your day-to-day life to lessen your personal impact on the […]


New Report on Energy Storage Explains Opportunities and Challenges

A new report from the Clean Energy Group is a great primer on how activists and foundations can champion battery storage to recharge the Clean Energy Transition. It discusses a top-ten list of reasons to champion battery storage, and also puts the rapidly evolving battery markets in perspective with solar, […]


Massachusetts court rules in favor of attorney general in Exxon climate change case

ExxonMobil Corp. lost its bid to block Massachusetts’ attorney general from obtaining records to look into whether the company concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels play with climate change. In its decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Friday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that state Attorney General Maura […]


The EPA scandal that could kill 100,000 Americans

The media’s endless coverage of the many ethics scandals facing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt distracts from his real crimes: Pruitt’s policies will put up to 100,000 lives at risk in the United States, make millions of children sick, and destroy a livable climate. So if he does […]


EFSEC UNANIMOUSLY REJECTS VANCOUVER OIL TERMINAL

Energy Council Joins Washington’s Attorney General, City of Vancouver, Tribal Nations, and Hundreds of Thousands of Washingtonians in Opposing Largest Oil Train Terminal in U.S. November 28, 2017 (Olympia, WA) – Today the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) unanimously recommended denial of the Tesoro Savage oil terminal in […]