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The President’s ‘Energy Week’ is an Ode to Fossil Fuel Addiction

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Tomorrow, as part of the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Energy Week’ events, President Trump is scheduled to give a speech at the Department of Energy trumpeting US ‘energy dominance’ via the export of coal, oil, and natural gas around the world. It’s clear that Mr. Trump has little regard for the health impacts of our fossil fuel addiction or the growing costs of climate change. What’s more, he fails to grasp the incredible business opportunities in clean energy leadership. Read more >

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Where are the jobs? Not where they used to be. Think renewables, not coal. (UCS analysis, based on DOE 2017)

Solar and Wind vs. Coal: Who’s the Biggest Job Creator in Your State?

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

When it comes to job creation in the power sector, our president keeps looking the wrong way. Nationally—and in almost every state—when coal and renewables face off, the bigger job creator in the power sector isn’t coal anymore; it’s solar and wind. The Trump administration has proclaimed this week Energy Week, but if renewables aren’t in a prominent position, the president and his associates are partying like it’s 1979 instead of 2017. Read more >

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A Real Chance to Help Coal Communities—If We Fight for It

, senior energy analyst

UPDATE (27 June 2017): The Natural Resources Committee has approved the Beyer amendment to strengthen the RECLAIM Act and has passed the bill out of committee. Thanks for your support, and stay tuned!

On Tuesday the House Natural Resources Committee plans to vote on the RECLAIM Act, H.R.1731. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Hal Rogers (R-KY-5), would free up $1 billion in existing funding from the Abandoned Mine Lands fund and put people to work cleaning up abandoned coal mines. It’s common-sense legislation that uses existing money (did I mention this is NOT a new tax?!) to create thousands of jobs reclaiming degraded mine lands and putting those lands to use in ways that spur local economic development.

Unfortunately, corporate coal interests have launched a last-minute effort to kill the bill. Read more >

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On the Business Case for Renewables (and Why It’s so Strong)

, senior energy analyst

I’m not a CEO and you won’t find me hocking financial self-help books at the airport, but there are three core tenets of business success that I hope we can agree on: keep your product affordable, minimize your exposure to risk, and keep your customers happy.

If you’re an electric utility, sticking to these core tenets is particularly tricky. Fortunately, there’s one investment decision that can keep you on track: renewable energy. Read more >

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7 Things We Expect to See in Rick Perry’s Unnecessary and Biased Grid Study

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

Do you think we’re going to learn anything new in 60 days that these experts and real-world experience haven’t already answered over the past decade? Read more >

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