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US-Brazil 20% Renewable Commitment is a Good Start, But We Can Do More

Noah Long, Senior Attorney, San FranciscoPresident Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, announced a pretty impressive clean energy commitment at their joint White House appearance recently. Representing the world's second-largest...

Posted July 3, 2015    

North Carolina Solar Leadership at the Crossroads

Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North CarolinaAs a North Carolinian, I can tell you it's pretty darned amazing that, last year, our state was number 2 in the nation in installed solar capacity. And...

Posted June 30, 2015    

Energy Efficiency Investments Deliver Huge Benefits

Merrian Borgeson, Senior Scientist, Energy and Transportation, San FranciscoDecades of experience and verification prove energy efficiency programs deliver huge benefits to consumers and the environment - and these benefits far exceed the costs. A...

Posted June 26, 2015    

House Appropriations Committee Seeks to Undercut Federal Flood Protections

Joel Scata, Water Policy Advocate, ChicagoOn June 10, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that increases America's exposure to flood loss. Mirroring language in the ill-conceived Energy and Water Appropriations bill, the...

Posted June 15, 2015    

New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020

Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CAThe California Energy Commission voted unanimously today to approve updated Building Energy Efficiency Standards which according to the CEC will cut regulated energy use in new homes by...

Posted June 11, 2015    

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.This post, written by David Baake. summarizes hisforthcoming article in the Environmental Law Reporter.Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean...

Posted June 5, 2015    

Republican Senators Push 3 Bills to Weaken Clean Air Health Protections

John Walke, Clean Air Director/ Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing today on three Republican bills bent on weakening basic Clean Air Act protections and making the air less...

Posted June 4, 2015    

Heat Wave Preparedness in Action: What Ahmedabad is Doing Right Now

Anjali Jaiswal, Senior Attorney, San Francisco. Co-authored by Meredith Connolly, NRDC Energy Law and Policy FellowThe tragic heat wave in India - with a current death toll over 1,800 - has raised a lot of attention to the dire threat of rising...

Posted June 1, 2015    

Oh, happy day! Clean Water Rule adopted!

Jon Devine, Senior Attorney, Washington, D.C.This post takes a look at the particulars of the Clean Water Rule, an action the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday, but it is also a lot about my kids....

Posted May 29, 2015    

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

Anthony Swift, Attorney, International Program, Washington, DCThe most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for our nation's oil infrastructure as well as risks associated with industry plans to...

Posted May 22, 2015    

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

Becky Hammer, Project Attorney, Water Program, Washington, DCIf you're a fan of the idea of turning our nation's capital into a cleaner, greener city, you should be excited by yesterday's news from DC Water. The water and sewer utility announced...

Posted May 22, 2015    

The Sun Also Rises in the Southeast

Luis Martinez, Senior Attorney, Energy and Transportation Program, Asheville, North CarolinaAnyone who's ever sat out on a Georgia afternoon or wandered outdoors in the bright Florida sunshine, knows the solar power potential in these two...

Posted May 17, 2015