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No Time to Spare in Cutting Carbon Emissions
by David Ismay

There is still time to stop irreversible climate change if we act now. But we have to act fast or else the consequences will be dire and inescapable. That, in a nutshell, is what more than 90 of the top climate scientists from 40 countries around the world announced recently in a special report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (the IPCC).

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Building a Clean Energy Future: Transmission Is One Piece of the Puzzle
by Seth Kaplan

Dealing with the fundamental challenge of global warming and ending the direct and painful impact of fossil fuel-fired power plants on our communities and our families will mean systemic and systematic change to all aspects of our energy system – and doing that will mean employing a wide range of tools and strategies. A first…

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The Next Opportunity for Growing Renewable Energy in New England: Going Big by Going Regional
by Seth Kaplan

The story of renewable energy development in the United States has included many important moments in which the states have provided leadership – most notably through fostering the shaping and building of new markets for renewable energy markets through programs like Renewable Energy Standards (also known “Renewable Portfolio Standards”).  These efforts have been of great…

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Doctor Yergin’s dilemma
by Seth Kaplan

Update – The debate about this phenomena continues.  See compilation of further ruminations about continued available petroleum and climate from a variety of powerful voices in another post from June 11, 2012.  And some of the same ideas are chewed on in an interesting op-ed by Reuters editor Chrystia Freeland in the August 9, 2012…

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Regional Greenhouse Gas program is a win for the economy and environment – so let’s do more!
by Seth Kaplan

A study released today documents the powerful benefits of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation-leading effort by Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants while building up energy efficiency and clean energy efforts in the states. The study found that RGGI created $1.6 Billion in net economic…

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Nature is tapping us on the shoulder too, but her pockets are empty. Is that why the Senate isn’t listening?
by Tricia Jedele

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island took the Senate floor yesterday in defense of science and reason – two topics that seldom seem to influence the decisionmaking of the Senate lawmakers these days when it comes to climate change.  Speaking out against the two big lies permeating the halls of congress: 1) environmental regulations are…

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Efficiency – a critical resource that works
by Seth Kaplan

In a blog post that follows up on a New York Times newspaper story about the groundbreaking McKinsey report on the enormous opportunity for energy efficiency as a resource for tackling global warming there is a nice discussion of the statewide energy efficiency utility in Vermont. A few key points about the McKinsey report: The…