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The First Three Reasons Senators Should Oppose Scott Pruitt for EPA

, director of Climate & Energy

President-elect Trump has promised to return the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to its original mission to deliver clean air and ‘crystal clear’ water.  The EPA was established by President Nixon in 1970 because “Our national government today is not structured to make a coordinated attack on the pollutants which debase the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land that grows our food.” Those pollutants primarily come from the burning of fossil fuels in cars, trucks, and industrial sources like power plants and refineries.  We need an EPA Administrator that will take us forward, to tackle the pollution challenges of today, and not take us back by weakening existing standards. Read more >

Photos by Leroy Woodson and Frank Aleksandrowicz, NARA
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3 Ways Trump’s Department of Energy Appointee Can Create Jobs

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

The vast majority of new energy jobs being created are coming from the clean energy sector. If the new administration wants to create jobs and grow the economy, it needs to take a closer look at some of the great work the current Department of Energy is doing Read more >

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Eyes on the Solar Photovoltaic Revolution: 35 Years in a Front-Row Seat

Howard Branz, , UCS

When I got into solar energy research in 1981, I wanted to change the world. I worried to my father that I’d never see widespread use of solar energy in my lifetime. That made him worry, too—about my future job prospects. As it turned out, there were plenty of jobs and I got to play my part in the history of human technology. I was one of a dedicated legion of scientists, engineers, technicians, laboratories and companies who eventually made photovoltaic cells into a commodity product: durable panels that achieve a miraculous-seeming conversion of sunlight to electricity, without needing any moving parts.

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Solar and EVs synergies are seen in this charging station.  Source: Envision Solar.
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Electric Vehicles in the South: What’s on the Horizon?

, Kendall Science Fellow

We just helped convene a major electric vehicles conference. Here are our takeaways. Read more >

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Science and the Politics of Fracking—and What’s Ahead

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Yesterday, (and then again this morning) Marketplace reported that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) downplayed scientists’ concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water in a draft assessment published in June 2015. Read more >

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