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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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How One Utility Is Using Tax Reform to Hide a Billion-Dollar Climate Problem

, Energy analyst

Picture this: You’ve just completed a decade of investing about $3 billion of your customers’ dollars into keeping the lights on when severe weather strikes. Now Hurricane Irma’s blasted through, 90 percent of your customers were left in the dark, and the restoration and repair costs you intend to bill them are estimated at $1.3 billion.

That’s right. A storm you’ve spent a decade preparing for is looking like it’ll end up costing nearly half as much as the preparations themselves. Worse, there’s no reason to think it won’t keep happening again, and again, and again, as climate change drives the intensity of these storms ever higher.

Bit of a thorny customer relations problem, that one.

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Infrastructure in the Trump Congress: We Must Build for the Future, Not the Past

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Getting this wrong is not an option; and if recent history is any indication, we can’t expect Congress to get it right on its own. Read more >

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Cap-and-Invest: A Key Tool to Help Oregon Fight Climate Change

, Western states policy manager

With the Trump administration undermining federal action to address climate change, states like Oregon are stepping up to protect the planet for future generations.

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The jet stream and polar vortex on January 3, 2017. Map from the University of Maine Climate Change Institute.

The Polar Vortex, Winter Storm Grayson, and Climate Change: What’s the Connection?

, senior climate scientist

Forecasters are trotting out “polar vortex” and atypical terms like “Nor’easter bomb” and “bombogenesis.” These words signal the unusual and dangerous conditions forecast for winter storm Grayson and their implications for the Southeast US,  Mid-Atlantic, and eventually New England and beyond. What do they mean?   Read more >

University of Maine Climate Change Institute
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