This week, Amazon.com announced a new wind farm in Texas, which will generate 1,000,000 megawatt hours of energy annually, enough to power 90,000 American homes. The Texas wind farm, which is expected to go online in 2017, is the latest and largest clean energy project to be announced by Amazon, which had been a laggard in adopting clean energy compared […]
More Americans than ever are now beginning to take climate change seriously. According to some polls, 57% believe that climate change represents a serious global threat, and 78% agree that the U.S. government should take action to limit the amount of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere. The increase in public awareness of climate change is beginning to show its […]
Amazon’s Web Services hold the company back, despite attempts to promote the innovations of others. Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced its second City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge today, but key changes must be made within the company before it can truly lead the innovation charge. The City on a Cloud program, designed to recognize local and regional governments for […]
The House Appropriations Committee has recommended that action be taken on H.R. 5538, a bill that would prohibit federal agencies from regulating methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.
Today, the EPA published its final rule regarding methane leaks from new, modified, and reconstructed oil and gas sources. This is an important step forward for the US, especially in light of our climate commitments from the Paris Agreement. Thanks to the thousands of Green America individual and business members that took action to support the rule. The rule is a […]
The following guest blog post is from Sandra McCardell, President, Current-C Energy Systems, Inc. Albuquerque NM. The Clean Energy Victory Bond campaign is a project of Green America. When I was born (in the 1950’s), my grandmother gave me the gift of a United States Savings Bond –what would have been called a “Victory Bond” or a “Liberty Bond” if […]
Building on growing bipartisan momentum, Green America, the nation’s leading green economy organization, will continue to promote Clean Energy Victory Bonds in Congress. An amendment to the Senate Energy Bill (S. 2012) proposed by Senator Udall (D-N.M.) that would advance Clean Energy Victory Bonds did not achieve 60 votes as needed, but did receive growing bipartisan support yesterday in a […]
Twenty-five business groups, including Green America, representing a broad range of industries and regions nationwide, announced on March 31, 2016, that they are filing a friend of the court brief (an “amicus brief”) in support of the national Clean Power Plan, the strongest action to-date for addressing climate change. The groups say that unrestrained climate change will burden national, state and local economies with increased costs and business disruptions from droughts, flooding, reduced agriculture productivity, extreme weather, rising seas, and other disturbances. In addition they point out that the Clean Power Plan will boost economic growth by generating new market-based solutions and new jobs in renewable energy. The Clean Power Plan has been challenged in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. Given the current vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and the potential for a 4-4 deadlock, the decision of the Circuit Court takes on greater importance. Leading the groups is the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which has a membership network spanning more than 200,000 businesses. Richard Eidlin, Vice President of Policy and Campaigns, said: “This powerful coalition of business organizations believes that the Clean Power Plan is our country’s best current hope for addressing climate change – a major threat to all businesses. It calls for significant reductions of greenhouse gases and wisely provides states abundant flexibility in how to cut emissions. This enables states to take advantage of developing trends, such as in renewable energy and […]
President Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada made an historic announcement yesterday regarding methane regulation. The two countries have agreed to reduce methane pollution from their oil and gas industry by 40-45 percent over the next 10 years. For the United States, an important outcome is that the US EPA will begin developing regulations for methane emissions from existing […]
The Paris Accord: A Major Step Forward for International Cooperation on Climate. Not Enough, On Its Own, to Address Climate Crisis
The Paris Accord: A Major Step Forward for International Cooperation on Climate. Not Enough, On Its Own, to Address Climate Crisis. Yet, in many ways the deal does not go far enough. The key goals of limiting temperature change are aspirational and not legally binding.