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Standing Strong for Science and Democracy

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This election raised the specter of backsliding on the critical progress we’ve made on climate change and other vital issues—but in no sense did the voters grant the new president a mandate to turn back the clock. Read more >

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RGGI Review: An Opportunity to Include Environmental Justice in Emissions Market Design

, Kendall Science Fellow

Confronting climate change, reducing emissions that warm the planet, and protecting the health of the most vulnerable are increasingly recognized as environmental justice issues.  As the blatant disregard for both drinking water and the welfare of people of Flint, Michigan, recently showed us, communities on the frontlines of environmental pollution are actively demanding redress of environmental inequities. In Massachusetts and elsewhere in the Northeast, discussions around leading multi-state efforts to combat climate change are an opportunity to bring these issues front and center. Read more >

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4 Reasons to Vote NO on Florida’s (Anti-) Solar Amendment 1

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

UPDATE (November 9, 2016): You did it, Florida! The utilities and their Koch-funded allies way outspent opponents in their push to get this anti-solar measure passed. But Amendment 1 still got only 51% of the vote—way short of the 60% it needed to pass. Even when companies and organizations muddy the waters and throw up smokescreens, solar still shines bright. Well done, Sunshine State.

Floridians are making a lot of important choices next week. One that’s not getting quite the same level of attention, but is important anyway, is about a ballot initiative on solar. Anything having to do with solar must be a great thing, right? That’s just what the proponents want us to think. Here are four reasons why Florida voters should reject this anti-solar “solar” proposal: Read more >

Floridians for Solar Choice
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First Offshore Wind in the Western Hemisphere, Right Off Our Shores. What Does it Mean?

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Last week I took my son and friends to behold a brand new energy source that has sprung up just off the coast: the first offshore wind turbines in the United States—actually, the first anywhere in the Americas. This is a moment worth savoring, and definitely worth sharing with the next generation. Read more >

John Rogers
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The Paris Climate Agreement Enters into Force: Here’s What Happens Next in Marrakech

, lead economist and climate policy manager

The Marrakech climate meeting, COP22, will be all about catalyzing action to deliver on the Paris Climate Agreement. After the headline-grabbing sensation that was Paris, this is now where the rubber meets the road. Read more >

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