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In Honor of Sesame Street’s 50th, the ABCs of Clean Energy Momentum

, Senior energy analyst

With Sesame Street celebrating a milestone birthday (50!), it seems fitting to offer a tribute. So here, in honor of the Street’s long-standing commitment to things alphabetic, are the ABCs of clean energy momentum.

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UCS
Solar Energy Industries Association
Union of Concerned Scientists
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5 Things I’ll be Watching for During the Weather Channel’s 2020: The Race to Save the Planet

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Tomorrow the Weather Channel will be airing a special on climate change, 2020: The Race to Save the Planet, featuring interviews with eight presidential candidates from both parties. It couldn’t come at a more appropriate time: the reality of climate impacts and the opportunities of a just transition to a clean energy economy are crystal clear, and we are desperately in need of federal climate leadership. Read more >

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MISO's more forward-looking planning should complement the push by states, utilities, corporations, and consumers for more clean energy across the central U.S. Windtech/Wikimedia

Midwest Transmission Operator Looks to the Future and Sees Clean Energy

, senior energy analyst

In a proposal put forth on October 17th, MISO – which operates the bulk electric transmission system across the central U.S. – leaned into the undeniable transition towards renewable energy resources, emerging technologies like battery storage, and the growing momentum behind decarbonizing our economy. It’s a marked shift for MISO – one that should be recognized as proactive and forward looking. It’s also essential to ensure a modern grid is ultimately ready to support a clean and reliable electricity supply. Read more >

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California Wildfires and Power Outages Signal Long Road Ahead, But Climate Ambition Sets the Right Course

, Senior Energy analyst

In California, this fall marked the third consecutive year of catastrophic blazes ripping across the state. It marked the first year in which those blazes were accompanied by the widescale deployment of multi-day, multi-city pre-emptive power outages.

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Spookiest Halloween Costume – 2019 Edition: (Still) the Fossil Fuel Company Executive

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

This post is a revamp of a 2017 post here. It is (sadly) more applicable today.

Halloween is here, and we have a lot to be spooked about when it comes to the future role of science in this country. In addition to the Trump administration’s ongoing assault on science, companies are now enjoying greater access to decisionmakers than they’ve ever had. And no industry has capitalized on inappropriate access to decisionmakers more than the fossil fuel industry. Indeed, with very little accountability, the industry has deceived the public and policymakers, and enjoyed friendly policies from decisionmakers with clear conflicts of interest.

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