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Carbon tax back before US lawmakers

Wednesday - For years, the idea of putting a price on carbon emissions seemed like a no-brainer — economists claimed that it would cut fossil fuel pollution quickly and efficiently, and at the same time, could even give money back to the American public. Over the past few months, as Democrats have rolled out multiple comprehensive plans to slow down climate change and turbocharge renewable energy, the idea of a “carbon tax” has been notably absent.

RGGI cuts carbon and helps kids to breath

4 Aug 20 - With Virginia and Pennsylvania clamoring to join, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, affectionately known as RGGI (pronounced “Reggie”), is becoming the coolest climate club on the United States East Coast.

Big Oil helps fund powerful police groups in US cities

29 Jul 20 - Big corporations accused of driving environmental and health inequalities in black and brown communities through toxic and climate-changing pollution are also funding powerful police groups in major US cities, according to a new investigation.

OPINION: I’m bewildered that Trump would imperil America by abandoning the Paris Agreement

28 Jul 20 - By BAN KI-MOON | The Paris agreement to tackle climate change is an extraordinary opportunity. In a remarkable display of unity, almost every nation on Earth has agreed to make critical changes that will help humanity avoid disaster. But Donald Trump is walking away.

Campaigners want to break up Big Tech and Big Oil

28 Jul 20 - When Sam Kern started working at Google four years ago, she believed she could drive change as an insider. If she could just get the ear of the right executives, Kern thought, she could convince them to move the company in a new direction on climate and sustainability.

Telework helps affluent and has few climate benefits

27 Jul 20 - Back in 2018 – in the pre-pandemic world – about 5 per cent of the US workforce teleworked from home. That changed dramatically with the onset of the covid-19 pandemic; by May 2020 that number had jumped to about 35 per cent.

Morgan Stanley tallying its climate impact

21 Jul 20 - Morgan Stanley will become the first major United States bank to publicly disclose how much its loans and investments contribute to climate change.

Climate-science denial is feeding the covid-19 pandemic

21 Jul 20 - After the fossil fuel industry spent hundreds of millions of dollars undermining climate science, it’s easy to see how epidemiology came next.

US eyes climate disaster, but Biden plan might just work

Joe Biden

17 Jul 20 - The world’s food supply is imperiled by a climate crisis already upon us, and Joe Biden this week put forward an agenda to address it that’s as bold as you could hope from a man who actually intends...

Buffett coal-country utility wants to cut coal

17 Jul 20 - PacifiCorp, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Energy, is a company aiming to ramp up its use of renewable energy at the same time as it navigates some extreme differences of opinion...

The plan to unite Biden and Bernie is finally here


13 Jul 20 - Once upon a time, many moons ago — ie back in April — Democratic presidential primary candidate Bernie Sanders agreed to exit the race and join forces with his mortal frenemy Joe Biden to help the...

Climate activists see ‘new era’ after pipeline victories

9 Jul 20 - Climate activists sense a turning point in their war against the Trump administration's effort to cement a fossil-fueled future for the United States, with three major defeats for high-profile oil...

Proud California dairy farmer takes it on the chin

6 Jul 20 - Californian dairyman Scott Magneson just keeps on farming, despite the economic fallout from a pandemic and the extreme weather — floods, drought, wildfires — linked to climate change.

Green recovery was the great hope of 2009

25 Jun 20 - When the Obama administration entered the White House in January 2009, the first hope was to put people back to work and also accelerate transition to a clean-energy economy.

Why Americans can't afford to turn on the taps

Austin, Texas

25 Jun 20 - Millions of ordinary Americans are facing rising and unaffordable bills for running water, and risk being disconnected or losing their homes if they cannot pay, a landmark Guardian investigation has...

Five communities go in search of green justice

24 Jun 20 - From New York to Los Angeles, Minneapolis to the Gulf Coast, people of colour suffer disproportionately from climate change, pollution and callous government.

Fewer blizzards for North America as snow lessens

The snows of yesteryear? Soho in New York in mid-blizzard.
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Blum on Unsplash

15 Jun 20 - It could soon be safe to think with nostalgia of the snows of yesteryear. Snowstorms in the future in the US could happen less often, with less intensity. And they would be of a smaller size.

Residents fght to keep compost getting trashed

15 Jun 20 - Just this past March, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson proposed making composting mandatory for city residents to help combat climate change. Now, with the coronavirus taking an immense...

Climate change threatens mortgage market

9 Jun 20 - US taxpayers could be on the hook for billions of dollars in climate-related property losses as the government backs a growing number of mortgages on homes in the path of floods, fires and extreme...

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