renewable energy Archives - State of the Planet

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In the 2020 Elections, It’s Not Just the Presidential Race That Matters

State utility commissioners play a vital role in shaping the transition to renewable energy and protecting vulnerable populations.

by Angie Tran |October 23, 2020
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TED Talk Proposes A Three-Step Plan for India’s Clean Energy Transition

Senior research scholar Varun Sivaram presented his ideas at the star-studded TED Countdown Global Launch, a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis.

by |October 12, 2020

Sustainability Culture and Rebuilding Consensus on Environmental Policy

The only way out is by learning to listen to each other and forging compromises. The alternative is too dire to contemplate.

by |October 12, 2020

California’s Continuing Climate Leadership

California deserves our gratitude for again leading the way and providing hope in this most difficult time.

by |September 28, 2020

Will the Pandemic Spell the End for Oil and Gas?

Fossil fuel companies were already suffering even before COVID-19 hit. More and more, they’re looking like a bad investment.

by |September 24, 2020
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What’s Ailing California’s Electric System?

Four “preexisting conditions” need to be addressed in order to avoid power outages in the future.

by Cheryl A. LaFleur |September 2, 2020

Life After Coal: The Decline and Rise of West Virginia Coal Country

Areas formerly reliant on fossil fuel extraction can reinvent themselves and remain relevant in a decarbonizing economy. West Virginia shows that ignoring the need for that transition for too long results in unnecessary pain.

by Eric Scheuch |August 7, 2020

Even During Lockdown, California Moves to Decarbonize Trucking

California’s Air Resource Board and governor deserve enormous credit for moving ahead even in the face of the worsening pandemic. It demonstrates leadership, vision and persistence.

by |June 29, 2020
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COVID-19’s Long-Term Effects on Climate Change—For Better or Worse

Changes in carbon emissions, individual behaviors, and government responses will have a big impact on the environment and our ability to combat climate change.

by |June 25, 2020
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An Atomic Catch 22: Climate Change and the Decline of America’s Nuclear Fleet

Nuclear energy currently generates a majority of America’s carbon-free electricity. It is an energy source that we cannot afford to keep — and also cannot afford to lose.

by Eric Scheuch |May 5, 2020