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The Sherpa Fire burns near Exxon Mobil's Las Flores oil refining facility on June 17, 2016. Photo: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via EPA

As 2016 Wildfire Season Heats Up, Western States Wonder Who’ll Provide Relief: La Niña or Congress?

, senior climate scientist

Over the past few decades, climate change has driven an inexorable trend of higher summer temperatures across the West—a trend that is expected to continue for years to come. This year, some states may see relief if the El Niño pattern shifts rapidly to La Niña—and if Congress passes legislation that provides sufficient resources to manage wildfire risk effectively. Read more >

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Dear Automakers: Please Don’t Dismantle the Incredibly Successful Fuel Economy Standards

, senior vehicles analyst

In 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) set joint fuel economy and global warming emissions standards for passenger vehicles out to 2025. These standards (taken together with those finalized in 2010), which cover new vehicles sold from 2012 through 2025, represent the biggest step the country has taken to reduce oil use and global warming emissions, and it’s already paying dividends. Read more >

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Michigan’s Energy Future Still in Limbo as Legislature Breaks for Summer

, energy analyst

The Michigan legislature failed again to come to agreement on energy policy last week as they broke for summer recess, with proposals waiting for a vote in both the House and the Senate. One thing is clear: both proposals still need a lot of work if they are going to truly move Michigan toward a sustainable, reliable, and affordable electricity supply. Read more >

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Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant to Close in California, Replaced by Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Today Pacific Gas and Electric announced that it will close Diablo Canyon, the last remaining nuclear plant in California, when its current operating license expires in 2025. The news itself is big. But in my opinion, even more exciting is PG&E’s pledge to backfill all of that generation with clean energy resources: energy efficiency and renewables. Read more >

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What Solar + Energy Storage Can Do For Tenants and Owners of Affordable Housing

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

A solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery storage together can result in significant savings over solar-only installations Read more >

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