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Battle Over Solar Energy’s Future In North Carolina Heats Up As Bipartisan Bills and Civil Protests Mount Against Duke Energy’s Obstructionism

Battle Over Solar Energy’s Future In North Carolina Heats Up As Bipartisan Bills and Civil Protests Mount Against Duke Energy’s Obstructionism
Around the nation, big utility companies are successfully lobbying lawmakers and regulators to restrict individual and corporate access to solar power, denying people significant savings on electricity bills and the opportunity to take part in the growing green energy economy. In third-party solar financing, a non-utility company installs solar panels on a customer’s property at little or no up-front cost, sometimes selling the solar energy back to the customer at rates typically lower than a utility would charge.
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How Koch-Oil Funded Climate Deniers Inserted Themselves Into Israeli Natural Gas Debate

How Koch-Oil Funded Climate Deniers Inserted Themselves Into Israeli Natural Gas Debate
DeSmog recently revealed the latest troubling chapter in the story of Israel’s nascent oil and gas boom – a saga of revolving doors, multinational fossil fuel intrigue, and significant American political intervention. But there’s another interesting tale to tell, one that has gone unnoticed by many observers.
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Federal Railroad Administration Moves Forward on Rail Bridge Safety

Federal Railroad Administration Moves Forward on Rail Bridge Safety
Earlier this year the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the industry’s top lobbying group, produced a new report on rail safety. While the report ignored serious safety improvements such as requiring modernized braking systems on trains carrying hazardous materials, it did address one area of concern for oil-by-rail activists — rail bridge safety.
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A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil

A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
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Will Cap-&-Trade Slow Climate Change?

Will Cap-&-Trade Slow Climate Change?
The principle that polluters should pay for the waste they create has led many experts to urge governments to put a price on carbon emissions. One method is the sometimes controversial cap-and-trade. Quebec, California and the European Union have already adopted cap-and-trade, and Ontario will join Quebec and California’s system in January 2017. But is it a good way to address climate change?
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Large Methane Leaks Highlight Ongoing Risk to Climate

Large Methane Leaks Highlight Ongoing Risk to Climate
A new study of the recent methane leak in Aliso Canyon, California confirms that it was the largest methane leak in US history. According to the study, the disaster’s impact on the climate will be equivalent to the effect of annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million cars.
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Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts

Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts
“For the first time, in my memory, we are actually seeing oil and gas majors talk about climate change as an existential threat. Today for example the minister for oil and gas for Saudi Arabia, Ali Al-Naimi, actually got up on stage in front of this entire group and said that climate change is more of an existential threat to the industry than any down cycle.”
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Warren Buffett's Quieter Quest to Kill Solar in the West

Warren Buffett's Quieter Quest to Kill Solar in the West
There are solar battles blazing all across the west right now, as utilities anchored to fossil fuel power plants strain to avoid the inevitable spread of solar across their areas of operation. Not a month goes by without a story of some assault on solar-friendly policies by utilities, or by the Utility Commissions that are often in their pocket.
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Cool Tool: Figure How Hot Your City Got in 2015

Cool Tool: Figure How Hot Your City Got in 2015
If 2015 was the hottest year globally on record, what did that mean for your city? The New York Times, using weather data from AccuWeather, has given us an easy to use tool to find out (well as long as you live in one of 3,116 cities data is available). So how did we do in Columbia, SC? In 2015 we were 4.0 degrees above average. Charleston, SC, was 3.4 degrees above normal as was Greenville, SC.
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Ford Motors the Latest Major Corporation to Dump American Legislative Exchange Council

Ford Motors the Latest Major Corporation to Dump American Legislative Exchange Council
Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that has drawn heavy criticism for promoting climate change denial and for opposing the development of renewable energy sources.
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