government policy

The EPA Under Scott Pruitt: What Will it be Like?

The irony of the "fox guarding the henhouse" isn't lost on Johnson Bridgewater of the Sierra Club's Oklahoma chapter. He weighs in on…

Forced Labor Is More Common In the U.S. Than You Might Think

American workers are exploited in industries from agriculture to manufacturing to sex trafficking -- and the H2 visa program contributes to the problem.

Rex Tillerson: Confirmation Overshadowed by Exxon Torture and Business Scandals

President-elect Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, had a rough senate confirmation hearing last week. His appointment…

2017 IRENA Assembly Showcases Global Push for Renewables

If you're looking for some good news to chase away the clouds looming over the U.S. renewables picture, you can find it at…

The Sleeping Giant Stirs: Russia Revs Up Renewable Tech

If the story of cooperation in space is a guide, Russia's decision to compete in the global market for renewable energy technology could…

Fiat-Chrysler Accused of Emissions Cheating Days After VW Exec Arrested

The EPA accused Fiat-Chrysler of cheating on emissions testing days after the FBI arrested a former Volkswagen executive for the same crime.

Obama: The Climate Fight Has ‘Irreversible Momentum’

This week Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to pen an article for the peer-reviewed Science magazine. In it, he argues that…

Making the Switch: Smart Technology and Grid Reform for the 21st Century

The Department of Energy estimates that $100 billion in public- and private-sector investment could fully modernize the American energy grid and save consumers…

On Food Waste, The US Could Learn a Lot from Europe

The U.S. tosses a staggering $161 billion worth of food every year. And while more Americans are talking about the problem, efforts to…

Conflict of Interest Begone? Rex Tillerson Forfeits Control of $240M to Be Secretary of State

Former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson attracted the criticism of even some Republican senators in this week's Congressional hearings. But does that mean he…

Reports: Obamacare Repeal Could Kill Jobs, Hurt Local Economies

Repealing the Affordable Care Act without replacement could mean the loss of 2.6 million jobs (mostly in the private sector), say researchers.

What California Can Learn from Singapore’s Brilliant Water Strategy

Singapore seems to have a better grasp on water conservation than even California, a state that has suffered six long years of drought…

Brazil’s Political Turmoil Endangers 20 Years of Progress on Forced Labor

The political and economic chaos in Brazil threatens much of the progress the country has made since the turn of the century, including…

Renewables Are a Rising Global Tide — and the U.S. Better Pay Attention

As the incoming Trump administration vows to move U.S. energy policy back to fossil fuels, the rest of the world is bringing renewable…

House Republicans Announce Plans to Repeal Obamacare — But Can They Really Do It?

Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan's office announced a Senate resolution to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Now, both critics and proponents of…