government policy

Trump’s Infrastructure Wish-List Includes Renewable Energy Investments

Last week an un-finalized, 50-item list of infrastructure priorities compiled by the Trump administration leaked online. And some were surprised by the plentiful…

Trump’s Federal Hiring Freeze: Leaner Doesn’t Always Mean Better

A hiring freeze is in effect for all federal departments -- that includes positions related to agriculture and commerce, as well as many…

Activists Call for Divestment As Trump Moves Pipelines Forward

President Donald Trump essentially green-lighted the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines last week. Environmental and human rights advocates vowed to keep…

Facebook At The Crossroads: Immigration, Donald Trump and Peter Thiel

President Trump's executive order on immigration could deepen the tension between Facebook employees and Board of Directors member Peter Thiel, a vocal Trump…

Does Elon Musk Have Trump’s Ear? And If So, Will It Matter?

Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk accepted a position on the president’s manufacturing counsel, drawing headlines such as, “Opposites Attract? Why Musk and Trump…

California To Vote On Leaving The U.S.

Last week California’s Secretary of State qualified a ballot initiative that will allow Californians to vote on leaving the Union. Some in the…

3p Weekend: In the Trump Era, Uncertainty is the Name of the Game

This week we're taking stock of what we know, what we don't know -- and whether or not it's truly time to panic.

What We Lose if We Silence Science

Earlier this week, the Trump administration instructed employees at certain federal agencies to stop communicating with the public. It's not unusual for a…

The ‘Game-Changing’ Chevy Bolt and the Race for the EV Market

The electric car industry is poised to grow exponentially, and countries around the world are vying to lead this market. The arrival of…

From Lab Coats to Pinstripes: Scientists May Make a Run for Washington

With tensions flaring between the scientific community and the incoming Trump administration, more scientists are considering a run for public office -- and…

700 Businesses and Orgs to Trump: Address Climate Change, It’s Real

American businesses have a message for the newly-elected U.S. president: Climate change is real. And it needs to be addressed. Now.

Report: The Clean Energy Economy Employs 4.5 Million Americans

President Donald Trump's efforts to roll back environmental regulations are at odds with a big new jobs report on the clean-energy sector --…

American Companies Team Up to Fuel the Hydrogen Economy

Trump or no Trump, the U.S. Department of Energy is still cooking up ways to get zero-emissions, hydrogen-powered vehicles into the hands of…

Pushing Urban Density: The Answer to Global Warming?

A new report suggests urban density does more than cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing transportation needs. All aspects of residents' lifestyles become…

Rebuilding Rural Communities As Traditional Industries Decline

Last year, quarterly coal production in the U.S. was at its lowest since 1981. The loss of this industry -- which has been…