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You Can’t Delete Climate Change

, lead economist and climate policy manager

There’s no getting around the facts. Climate change is real, our carbon emissions are causing it, and it’s already having a costly and harmful effect on our lives. Read more >

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Gutting the EPA Hurts Real People

, lead economist and climate policy manager

The Trump administration has big plans underway to undermine the work of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency working to protect our health and the environment from pollution. This is bad news for all Americans, especially our nation’s children. Read more >

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California Dreamin’ of a Clean Electricity Grid

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

My daughter is almost a year old, so lately I’ve been reading a lot of books about farm animals. It’s been fun to practice animal noises, but it has also felt a little strange to teach my daughter about a lifestyle that fewer and fewer Americans experience. It’s gotten me thinking about what else in our daily lives might look different by the time my daughter is a teenager. Read more >

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A Climate Action Roadmap: California Steps Up in Uncertain Times

, director, California & Western States

The New Year ushers in a new U.S. presidential administration and a lot of uncertainty and angst for people who care about taking decisive action on climate change ( polls indicate that’s most of us.)  Read more >

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3 Reasons Why Federal Energy R&D is a Wise Investment

, senior energy analyst

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will head into confirmation hearings in the next few days to become the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). A colleague of mine penned a great piece about what we might expect from Perry as head of the DOE. One key thing to highlight is that the DOE is responsible for investments in research and development (R&D), particularly related to energy. In an era where Congress is looking to trim federal spending, they should keep in mind that investments in energy R&D are a wise and proper use of limited federal government resources. Here’s why. Read more >

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