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San Ardo Oil Field, Monterey County, CA. Photo: Loco Steve CC-BY-SA 2.0 (Flickr).

California’s Cap-and-Trade Program and Low Carbon Fuel Standard Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

, Western states policy manager

Policymakers are considering how California should cut global warming emissions by 40% between 2020 and 2030, and whether to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program beyond 2020. The oil industry supports the cap-and-trade program but wants to roll back California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. They argue the two policies just don’t mix—like oil and water, you might say. However, I see the two policies more like peanut butter and jelly—they are good on their own but so much better together. Read more >

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Three Steps Shell Can Take for the Climate—and to Earn Public Trust

, climate accountability campaign manager

UCS took an in-depth look at Shell’s climate-related positions and actions for The Climate Accountability Scorecard last year. We found a few bright spots, and we made several recommendations for improvement. Here are three steps company decision makers could take at tomorrow’s AGM to signal that Shell wants to earn the trust of investors, the public, and policy makers. Read more >

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Congress vs. Trump: Are the President’s Anti-Science Budget Priorities Headed for Another Defeat?

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Congress has already repudiated President Trump’s budget priorities once. So what does this mean for the 2018 budget? Read more >

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View of Oroville Dam's main spillway (center) and emergency spillway (top), February 11, 2017. The large gully to the right of the main spillway was caused by water flowing through its damaged concrete surface, resulting from heavy rainfall. Photo: California Department of Water Resources.

Infrastructure Spending Is Coming. Climate Change Tells Us to Spend Wisely

, Western states senior climate analyst

The news of new federal infrastructure proposals landed in a timely fashion with this year’s Infrastructure Week. For years now, the American Society of Civil Engineers has graded the U.S.’s infrastructure at near failing (D+) .Conversations in Washington, D.C. and across the country over the coming weeks and months are sure to focus on which projects to build. But we first need to ask for which future are we building? radically shaped by climate change? Read more >

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There’s an Elephant in the Room and It Smells Like Natural Gas

, Energy analyst

A curious thing happened in the aftermath of President Trump attempting to sign away the past eight years of work on climate and clean energy: the public face of progress didn’t flinch. From north to south and east to west, utilities and businesses and states and cities swore their decarbonization compasses were unswerving; yes, they said, we’re still closing coal plants, and yes, yes!, we’re still building ever more wind and solar—it just makes sense.

But here’s why all the subsequent commentary reiterating the inevitability of coal’s decline and cheering the unsinkable strength of renewables’ rise was right in facts, but incomplete in message:

Coal is closing. Renewables are rising. But right now, we need to be talking about natural gas. Read more >

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