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Next Generation Energy Plan Doesn’t Fix Illinois’ Energy Policy

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

Illinois’ regular Legislative Session ends next Tuesday, May 31, and discussions on energy policy continue to heat up. In its current form, ComEd and Exelon’s Next Generation Energy Plan (NGEP) doesn’t do enough to protect consumers or the environment. Read more >

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All-in for Offshore Wind in Massachusetts

Two words should guide Massachusetts lawmakers on offshore wind: Go big. Read more >

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AG Schneiderman and others are investigating ExxonMobil for fraud given evidence suggesting the company knew about climate risks but withheld them from their investors, decision makers, and the public

ExxonMobil, Chairman Lamar Smith, and the First Amendment

, president

On Wednesday, I received a letter signed by thirteen members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. In my thirty years as an attorney, public official, and now UCS President, I have never seen anything quite like it. The letter states that the House Science Committee is “conducting oversight of a coordinated attempt to deprive companies, non-profit organizations and scientists of their First Amendment rights.” This sounds like an oversight effort UCS could support—but for what follows. Read more >

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Suddenly, the Future is Clear for Solar Energy

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

In the last 24 hours, the path to greater reliance on solar energy has become much clearer. The US Department of Energy-sponsored assessments of the benefits of solar and the tools for addressing grid impacts celebrated the 65% decline in cost for solar energy over just 5 years. Meanwhile, the North American Electric Reliability Corp., (NERC) significantly revised (as in tripled) its projections of wind and solar coming on the grid over the next 15 years, and moderated its language about the reliability impacts. Read more >

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With the First Lawsuit Against ExxonMobil for Climate Deception Announced, What Do We Know About Its Risk from Climate Change Impacts?

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In the latest development on ExxonMobil’s long (and ongoing) history of deceiving the public and decision makers on climate change, the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) announced this week that it is preparing for the first official lawsuit against the oil and petrochemical giant for its climate deception. Read more >

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