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Top Climate Stories of 2013 – #2 Sunny Outlook for Clean Energy

December 30, 2013 | 9:00 am |

#2 Sunny Outlook for Clean Energy In a year when the reality of climate change became even clearer, so did the practical path to solving it. Renewables as a percentage of overall power sources are growing—fast. Between 2000—2012, wind generated electricity grew over 2,400 percent while solar grew over 800 percent (full figures for 2013 are not yet available, but monthly numbers point to another year of continued growth).[PDF] Already, the U.S. solar industry is installing a new system every four minutes and, if current growth rates continue, will be installing a new system every 90 seconds by 2016. Costs are … Read More

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Let’s Keep the Wind Production Tax Credit

December 13, 2013 | 9:00 am |

It’s simple: we need reliable energy sources to power our lives and economy. In the U.S., the federal government helps address this need by offering a range of incentives from tax credits to subsidies to help companies maintain energy production and develop new capacity. Fossil fuel companies have benefited tremendously from this practice for years, receiving billions of dollars each year in government subsidies while becoming some of the richest companies in the world. They’ve even managed to make these benefits a permanent feature of the U.S. tax code, as currently written. The result is that these companies can plan … Read More

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A call to action on climate change in 2013

January 8, 2013 | 7:44 pm | , Chief Program and Advocacy Officer

The reality of the climate crisis demands the attention and leadership of President Obama and the Congress.

That is why we joined almost 100 groups in signing a letter to President Obama detailing three important ways in which he and his administration can lead on climate change. Climate Reality is committed to joining him in these efforts.

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What’s the biggest dirty energy source of all?

October 5, 2012 | 4:00 pm | , Solutions Analyst

There are several manmade sources of the carbon pollution that’s warming our climate, from deforestation to animal agriculture. But let’s clear up one thing right away: Dirty Energy, the pollution from fossil fuels, is the single the biggest contributor to climate change. And the biggest Dirty Energy source is coal.

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100% Renewable — 100% Doable

September 10, 2012 | 2:00 pm |

When Al Gore challenged the nation in his famous 2008 speech to achieve 100% renewable electricity within 10 years, Gordian Raacke listened. He picked up on Mr. Gore’s challenge and wondered whether Long Island could meet the electricity needs of its 3 million people with renewable energy technologies available today.

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Mexico’s New Climate Change Law

June 25, 2012 | 2:52 pm | , Writer and Editor

On June 5, Mexico President Felipe Calderon signed historic legislation to combat climate change. To learn more about the law, we spoke with Alejandro del Mazo, a Representative in the Lower House of the Federal Mexican Congress, the Chairman of the Special Committee on Climate Change, and President of the Civil Service Committee. We’re proud that he is also a Climate Leader who is trained to give presentations for The Climate Reality Project.

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A fleet that runs on cooking oil – don’t let it sink now

May 31, 2012 | 4:50 am | , Solutions Associate

The Navy’s plan to demonstrate the capabilities of the “Great Green Fleet,” an entire aircraft strike group run entirely on advanced biofuels and other low-carbon sources, may never take off. Last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to put major restrictions on the Navy’s purchase of alternative fuels.

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Clean coal is not a thing

May 23, 2012 | 5:12 pm | , Solutions Associate

The coal industry plans to spend $40 million this year trying to convince you that coal is good for the country. One thing they’ll tell you is that coal is clean. But we said it before, and we’ll say it now: There is no such thing as “clean” coal.

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The United States is making history. You can help.

May 14, 2012 | 4:32 pm | , President & CEO, The Climate Reality Project

You and I both know that climate change is real. And here in the United States, our leaders are finally beginning to do something about it. It only takes one click of the mouse to support a historic proposal that will help solve the climate crisis. Please sign our petition now. A few weeks ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the first-ever national limit on dangerous carbon pollution. Specifically, it would address the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States: Electric power plants that run on coal. The EPA’s proposal applies to any new power plant built … Read More

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Why I’m suing the government

May 10, 2012 | 10:44 am |

This is a guest post by Alec Loorz, a Climate Presenter who is 17 years old and is taking the U.S. government to court for failing to protect our atmosphere from carbon pollution. At a hearing this Friday, May 11, a judge will decide whether the lawsuit can continue.

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