government policy

Tiny Signs of Consensus on Climate Change Emerge in U.S. Congress

The U.S. Department of Defense is emerging as a safe space in which Republican members of Congress can affirm support for action on…

Trump Stakes $46.2 Million on New Solar Power Technology

The Trump administration's Department of Energy appears to be solidly in favor of solar power, with new grants aimed at slashing costs and…

$8 Million for Algae Biofuel from U.S. Department of Energy

Despite Trump's tough talk favoring fossil fuels, his Department of Energy is pushing algae biofuel and other renewables for the bioeconomy of the…

REI Activates Customers on Natural Monuments, Public Lands Policy

REI stepped up the fight to preserve public lands with an email blast to its customers, but can consumer power overcome the threat…

What You Need to Know About Community Choice and Solar Power

A new study indicates that local solar power development can be a powerful argument in favor of community choice programs for electricity supply.…

Even Under Trump, “Clean Coal” Struggles to Maintain a Foothold at U.S. Energy Department

Hopes for a "clean coal" revival continue to fade despite Energy Secretary Rick Perry's apparent endorsement of climate science denial last week.

Policy Points: Regulation Reform — Bad Solutions for the Wrong Problem

Small businesses do not resent good regulations. American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) polling has found that 86 percent believe that regulations are necessary and…

Coal-Killing Renewables Take Aim at Nuclear Energy

Renewables like wind and solar are beginning to make inroads on coal and natural gas, and now it looks like nuclear energy is…

Breaking: Trump’s Latest Energy Department Appointee Pines For Another 9-11

Another Trump appointee at the Department of Energy is in hot water, and offensive tweets are just the tip of a very large…

Corporate Giants Favor New Carbon Tax

The Climate Leadership Council has launched a new campaign to promote its carbon tax plan, but even its own strategic partners WRI and…

Chesapeake Bay Island Community Crowd Funds for Climate Change Impacts

After President Trump called Mayor Eskridge last week and told him, "Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe…

Climate Change Might Finally Be A Key Voter Issue Come 2018

Despite being chairman of a committee that funds non-defense science education, Congressman Lamar Smith has maintained hostile views of climate science. But some…

Duke Energy-Backed Bill Takes Aim at Solar in North Carolina

If a state bill backed by Duke Energy should become law, it will mean a lot less competition in North Carolina's solar market.

Trump’s 3 Percent Growth Projection: Who’s In and Who’s Left Out?

Donald Trump's new budget proposal predicts a confident 3 percent boost for the economy. We take a look at some of the milestones…

Trump Is Slow to Fill Key Agency Positions: Could This Be A Good Thing For The Environment?

The sparsity of key agency personnel cannot be blamed on Senate Democrats. But this may be good for the environment. The goings-on at…