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Economically and environmentally, it would be far better for the future of the planet to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and provide more incentives for clean energy. Photo: Union of Concerned Scientists

Memo to EPA Chief Pruitt: End Subsidies for Fossil Fuels, Not Renewables

, senior writer

Fossil fuels have been feasting at the government trough for at least 100 years. Renewables have received support only since the mid-1990s and, until recently, have had to subsist on scraps. Read more >

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Molecular biologist Z. Lewis Liu (foreground) and technician Scott Weber add a new yeast strain to a corncob mix to test the yeast’s effectiveness in fermenting ethanol from plant sugars. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Pruitt Steps Up His Attack on Biofuel Policies

, senior scientist, Clean Vehicles

In late September, the EPA Administrator Pruitt stunned the biofuels world by releasing a rulemaking document (called a Notice of Data Availability or NODA) suggesting he planned to cut more deeply into the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2018 targets for advanced biofuels and biodiesel than had been previously indicated.  Read more >

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Boston Traffic. Photo: Sarah Nichols CC-BY-2.0 (Flickr)

Why Cap and Invest Is the Right Solution for Massachusetts Transportation

, policy analyst

Over the past decade, Massachusetts has helped lead the nation towards clean and renewable sources of electricity.

Under the Global Warming Solutions Act, Massachusetts established the strongest legally binding limits on global warming pollution in the country. Massachusetts leadership helped establish the first regional limits on pollution from power plants through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. We have the most efficient economy in the country, saving consumers millions on our energy bills. We have abolished the use of coal, we have created over 100,000 clean energy jobs, and last year Massachusetts made an investment in offshore wind that will make us a national leader in that technology.

But most of the progress that we have made is in the electricity sector. When it comes to transportation, we have tried but struggled to make overall progress.

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Citizen Soldiers of Puerto Rico Army National Guard, alongside residents of the municipality of Cayey, clear a road after the destruction left by Hurricane Maria through the region, Sep. 30.

Mr. President: Puerto Rico Is, Indeed, Living a “Real Catastrophe”

, Kendall Science Fellow

President Trump visited Puerto Rico to meet with federal and Commonwealth officials coordinating the relief and recovery effort in the wake of Hurricane María. His callousness and harsh words for Puerto Ricans sharply contrasts with the swift approval of an emergency aid package for Texas and Florida in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Read more >

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Photo: Luis Castilla

How Freight Impacts Communities Across California

, vehicles analyst

Today, UCS and the California Cleaner Freight Coalition (CCFC) released a video highlighting the impacts of freight across California. This video – and longer cuts of individual interviews here – touch on the many communities across California affected by freight.

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Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photo: Jimmy O'Dea
Photos: Jimmy O'Dea
Photos: Jimmy O'Dea
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