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Bring on the Fire Trucks: RGGI States Tighten Cap, Up Their Climate Game

The nine states involved in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) announced plans yesterday to get stricter about power plant carbon emissions, with a tighter cap on those emissions and other updates that build on the program’s successes. That’s good news indeed, for the region and the country. Read More

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Obama’s Climate Legacy

Since his re-election, President Obama has made it clear that he sees action on climate change as a major piece of unfinished business from his first term. In his election night victory speech, he said he wants “our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt; that isn’t weakened by inequality; that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” Read More

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Look Up, and Rejoice (Shine Bright Like an LED)

This year, much about the holidays is the same as always. But maybe not the lighting. And that may be cause for a little rejoicing. Read More

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California Charts a Course for Clean Air: Can We Get There from Here?

Imagine that 8 out of 10 cars on California roads release no tailpipe emissions, that the telltale exhaust plumes of soot from ships sailing into our ports are no longer visible, and that freight trains run on electricity. These are a few examples of what California air quality regulators, including the Air Resources Board and the air districts of the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast regions, envision in the recently released Vision for Clean Air. Read More

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Smiley Faces vs. Vampires: Knowledge (About Power) Is Power

Understanding your energy use is a powerful thing. And when you find your utility bills driven up by summer air-conditioning or winter heating, the right tools (and a little competitive drive) can help. Read More

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A Clean Energy Lesson From “Sesame Street”: Cooperation Makes it Happen

Remember that classic “Sesame Street” song about cooperation? Well folks, it’s not just useful for singing muppets and kindergarteners. We can take some lessons from Jim Henson when it comes to clean energy too. Read More

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New “Attributes” of the Clean Vehicle Standards

In order to grasp vehicle greenhouse gas and fuel economy rules, the first thing to understand is the so-called “attribute-based system.” In this second part of our “Anatomy of a Rule” mini-series, we’re going to take a moment to demystify it. Read More

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Clean Vehicle Standards: Anatomy of a Rule

They say honesty is the best policy. My vote is for vehicle standards. Puns aside, it’s true that today’s cars are safer, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient than their predecessors because of vehicle standards. But let’s face it, outside of the folks who deal with these regulations on a daily basis, very few people have any idea how they work, or what they will (and won’t) do. Worse yet, a lot of misinformation exists on these topics. Enter this first post in a new blog mini-series. Read More

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Disputes and Rising Costs Spell Trouble for the Vogtle Nuclear Plant

On February 9, 2012, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the first-ever combined operating license that authorized the construction and operation of two new reactors: Vogtle 3 & 4 in Georgia, the first nuclear reactor project to commence construction in more than 30 years in the United States. But less than six months later, cost overruns are approaching one billion dollars while a dispute between the project’s developers and a consortium of contractors over these cost increases and associated schedule changes threatens to delay the project’s expected completion date. Read More

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Easy-Baking and Sock-Darning: What to Do with Incandescent Bulbs (Hint: Anything but Lighting)

Incandescent bulbs have their places. Light sockets shouldn’t be among them.

The owner of a B&B my wife and I stayed in recently mentioned her reluctance to swap out her existing fleet of incandescent bulbs to put in high-efficiency compact fluorescents (CFLs) or the newer LED ones. She couldn’t bear to take out “perfectly good light bulbs”—ones that hadn’t yet burned out.

My take? If something is costing you four times as much as you could be paying, it’s far from “perfectly good.” Perfectly good riddance is more like it. Read More

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