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Renewables Will Be 80% of New US Electrical Generating Capacity in 2020

, Senior energy analyst

There’s good news in the latest near-term electricity prognostications from the US government: Renewable energy, the projections suggest, will account for 80% of the generating capacity to be installed in the country this year, with both solar and wind looking set to have record years. And that’s all setting us up to pass yet another exciting clean energy milestone, about renewable energy’s contribution to our nation’s electricity supply.

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Are Electric Vehicles Really Better for the Climate? Yes. Here’s Why

, Senior vehicles engineer

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked about electric vehicles (EV) is: “Are they really a cleaner option?” While it’s obvious that a fully-electric vehicle eliminates tailpipe emissions, people often wonder about the global warming emissions from generating the electricity to charge an EV. The latest data affirms that driving on electricity produces significantly fewer emissions than using gasoline and is getting better over time.

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NH Students Press Presidential Candidates on Climate Issues at Town Hall

, director of strategy & policy

Last Wednesday, six presidential candidates came to Concord, New Hampshire to participate in a youth town hall on climate and clean energy issues, hosted by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, Stonyfield Organic, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University.  (Two candidates–Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren–were unable to make it because of the impeachment vote in the Senate and were represented by surrogates.)

I was honored to moderate the discussions with the first three candidates appearing at the town hall: Senator Amy Klobuchar, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and former Governor Bill Weld. Henry Herndon of Clean Energy New Hampshire and Tiernan Sittenfeld of the League of Conservation Voters moderated the discussions with the three other candidates as well as the surrogates for Senators Sanders and Warren. Read more >

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Asbestos, Ubiquitous and Avoidable, Is a Deadly Threat to Our Kids

Asbestos is a lesser known, but no less potent, member of the American annual “40,000 Death Club.” And nowhere in America is the disintegration of asbestos as evident as in the nation’s schools. Read more >

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Dark Rhymes for Dark Times: New Storybook Illustrates Threats to Children’s Health

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists releases a storybook for people who care about kids. With colorful illustrations and amusing rhymes, it illustrates how science keeps our children protected—and how the current administration is working to dismantle that. You’ll see from the storybook passages used as headers below, it is both entertaining and disturbing to be confronted with the reality of new threats to our children’s health. Read more >

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