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Rooftop Solar Dims Under Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

 By HIROKO TABUCHI, JULY 8, 2017, New York Times. Photo Credit: Rooftop solar panels at a home in Indiana. The state is among several that have rolled back solar incentives.  Luke Sharrett for The New York Times. Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth — as much as 900 percent by one (More...)



BY PATRICK PARENTEAU ON 7/9/17, Newsweek. This article originally appeared on The Conversation. On June 27, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule rescinding the Obama administration’s “Clean Water Rule.” This regulation is designed to clarify which streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies fall under the protection of the Clean Water Act. EPA developed (More...)

These Mayors Are Leading the Charge on National Climate Change Action

  MEG CHARLTON Jun 22 2017, VICE IMPACT. (VICE article cites local Pittsburgh organizer Resnick-Day.) Progressive activism surged in the wake of November’s election. There were marches, of course. Planned Parenthood saw a spike in donations. So did the ACLU. But these were mostly actions “against” — cries of “No” in the form of money or punny protest signs. (More...)

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In Texas, green builders fill a climate leadership gap

Anna Clark, Friday, June 30, 2017, GreenBiz. The U.S. president missed a leadership opportunity by pulling America out of the global race to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but the U.S. Green Building Council president has picked up the baton. As Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of USGBC, declared, the “surge of climate commitments and actions by the private sector, (More...)

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A landmark climate lawsuit against Trump is scheduled for trial next year. Here’s what to expect.

By Chelsea Harvey July 5, 2017, The Washington Post. A trial date has finally been set for a groundbreaking, climate-change lawsuit being brought against the federal government after multiple hurdles in the past year threatened to prevent it from moving forward. Last week, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin ordered that the trial begin Feb. 5, 2018. The (More...)

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Will America’s Steel City Build the First Grid of Microgrids?

May 16, 2017 By Elisa Wood, in Microgridknowledge. (Photo  Credit: “Pittsburgh District Energy Initiative,” presentation by Michael Rooney, University of Pittsburgh, Dec. 6, 2017, MRC/IDEA Microgrid Summit, Washington, DC   To many, the idea of creating a grid of microgrids is somewhere out in the future. Even a pipe dream. But for Pittsburgh, it’s now. The city (More...)

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Piecing Together an Ethane Cracker: How fragmented approvals and infrastructure favor petrochemical development

By Leann Leiter and Lisa Graves-Marcucci, May 31, 2017, Fractracker blog. Let’s think back to 2009, when oil and gas companies like Range Resources began drilling the northeast shale plays in earnest. Picture the various stages involved in drilling – such as leasing of land, clearing of trees, boring of wells, siting of compressor stations, and construction (More...)

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