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An Unseasonably “Hot” February for California’s Clean Energy Landscape

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Major policy action for California’s electricity sector mimics the seasons: winter is a relatively quiet, reflective time and major policy developments start to bud in the spring. But lately, the weather in California and electric sector policy developments seem unseasonably hot. For example, it’s currently 75 degrees outside my office in Oakland. And this post details some of the things happening in the policy world that also seem particularly “hot.” Read more >

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Pruitt Squirming away from the Weight of Climate Evidence

, senior climate scientist

Since taking office, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has shifted how he talks about climate change. You may have heard that he recently suggested that global warming might actually be a good thing. If the consequences of global warming weren’t so serious for Americans, his determination to take down one of the most studied scientific topics of our time would be silly in a Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner kind of way. However, the shifts in his tactics may signal just how difficult it is to refute such an enormous body of evidence.

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Making the Leap from Coal to What Could Be: New Mexico’s Energy Future

, Energy analyst

After decades and decades of commitment to coal, New Mexico is rapidly heading toward a future that’s coal free.

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Top Clean Cars and Trucks of 2018

, senior policy analyst, Clean Vehicles

Looking for the most fuel-efficient SUV or pickup truck? Some of the cleanest cars you can buy today are powered by electricity. Although the emissions of an electric vehicle (EV) varies depending on where it is plugged in, the average EV sold in the U.S. produces the emissions equivalent of a gas vehicle that gets 73 MPG, and over 70 percent of Americans live in an area where driving an EV results in fewer emissions than a 50 MPG gas-powered vehicle Read more >

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Trump Administration Raids Workers’ Tip Jars, Buries Data Showing That’s a Horrible Idea

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

The Trump administration suppressed data and analysis as part of its efforts to take away control of tip money from the employees—food servers, baristas, and many other hardworking people—who earned it. Read more >

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