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The Great Transition

Climate Action: Steps Toward a Great Transition

As people around the world celebrate Earth Day and world leaders gather in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, 3p’s Tom Schueneman explores how a sustainable future may look.

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Why Do We Still Bother with the Penny?

It makes little economic sense to mint pennies, but they are still accumulating in our mason jars, old ashtrays and between sofa cushions. Why? As in many scenarios, the buck seems to stop with Washington lobbyists.

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Tax Credit Extension Makes Commercial Solar More Profitable

Now that Congress has extended the solar investment tax credit (ITC) for five more years, new and profitable opportunities to deploy solar energy have opened up for companies and real estate owners. Do you have a five-year plan?

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No Criminal Charges for Gov. Snyder in Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed criminal charges against three state and city workers yesterday for their role in the Flint water crisis. One name that was noticeably absent from the list: Gov. Rick Snyder.

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The Paris Agreement: What It Means for Business

Heads of state from more than 195 nations are invited to formally sign the Paris Agreement on Friday in New York City. The We Mean Business coalition held a global press call in advance of the proceedings, where more than 150 nations are expected to sign.

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OPEC Talks in Doha Fail to Freeze Oil Production

Oil ministers from OPEC countries met in Doha, Qatar, to see if they could all find a way to freeze production in order to bring price stability. But those talks ended in acrimony and with no agreement on prices.

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USAID: Renewables Are a Way to End Poverty in India

USAID is trying a different foreign aid approach worldwide, including in India. Last week the agency awarded $5 million in grants through its Development Innovation Ventures Program. Two of these awardees are piggybacking on other efforts to expand energy access in India by investing in clean-energy technology startups.

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China, U.S. to Sign Historic Climate Agreement on Friday

One of the biggest steps post-COP21 will happen this Friday, April 22, at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York, where representatives from both China and the U.S. will sign the Paris agreement at an official ceremony.

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The News That Never Was: Goldman Sachs’ $5 Billion Mortgage Fraud Settlement

Goldman Sachs agreed to pay $5.1 billion in penalties for its part in the mortgage crisis that led to the 2008 recession — except it won’t, really. With good behavior and negotiated benefits, Goldman Sachs’ penalty for deceiving investors in one of Wall Street’s greatest scandals will likely be at least a $1 billion less.

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Israel Expected to Save $8 Billion By Cutting Emissions

Israel, a leader in technology development, says it’s on track to save $8 billion from carbon emissions reductions. The Israeli cabinet has unanimously approved the country’s 2030 targets, with sweeping calls for more tech funding and small-business support. Environmental advocates say that will be great — once the government inks it in stone with a finalized budget.

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Annual Farm Subsidies to Reach 10-Year High

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that crop subsidies will surge to approximately $10.2 billion this year, almost $3 billion more than during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.