July 17, 2014
Preparing Communities for the Impacts of Climate Change
We’ve been talking a lot recently about the need to rebuild and strengthen our nation’s infrastructure. As the President has made clear, a world-class infrastructure system is a vital part of a top-performing economy. But there’s another important reason why we need to rebuild our infrastructure: climate change. Communities across America need more resilient infrastructure […]

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July 1, 2014
Renewable Energy Saves Companies Over $1 Billion
By Jake Richardson, Clean Tecnica A recent report shows how Fortune 500 companies are using renewable energy to save hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Collectively, they are saving about $1.1 billion dollars, according to the report put out by Ceres, David Gardiner & Associates, Calvert Investments, and World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Some of the companies […]

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June 4, 2014
China plan to cap CO2 emissions seen turning point in climate talks
BY KATHY CHEN AND STIAN REKLEV, REUTERS Original article here. China said on Tuesday it will set an absolute cap on its CO2 emissions from 2016 just a day after the United States announced new targets for its power sector, signalling a potential breakthrough in tough U.N. climate talks. Progress in global climate negotiations has often […]

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May 23, 2014
McCarthy Touts Collaborative Effort In Developing Power Plant Emissions Rule
Friday, May 23, 2014 from Energy and Climate Report By Paul Shukovsky May 22 –The Environmental Protection Agency has written its proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants with collaboration in mind and will continue listening to interested parties, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said May 22 in Seattle. Speaking in advance of the […]

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May 20, 2014
Inslee wants to wean state’s electric utilities off coal
By Phuong Le, Associated Press With an abundant supply of hydroelectric power, Washington state currently gets less than 14 percent of its electricity from coal. Gov. Jay Inslee wants to take that down to zero over time. To wean the state off coal-generated power, the Democratic governor will have to persuade the state’s three private electric […]

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May 14, 2014
Commentary – Inslee's climate effort will face steep odds
By Patrick Mazza, Seattle Crosscut After months of quiet conversations between leaders in Washington state government, environmental NGOs and other key climate-related interests to shape a climate policy proposal, the deal is now on the public table. Gov. Jay Inslee will pursue a carbon cap-and-trade program in the state Legislature next year, with specific details to […]

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May 13, 2014
Random Thoughts from the Chairman | May 13
In my last column I wrote about two trends: a growing reliance on science and technology in our everyday lives, coupled with a growing ignorance about science among the public. Where will these two trends take us? Dependence on something not well understood is frustrating, because one’s actions are limited by an unknown and unrecognized […]

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May 12, 2014
City of Seattle Addressing Climate Change & GHG Emissions
Seattle has been a leader in addressing climate change for years. Most recently, the City released its ambitious 2013 Climate Action Plan, a package of actions intended to put Seattle on a path to carbon neutrality by 2050, which is defined as zero net emissions. The Plan focuses on a set of core emissions sources […]

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May 6, 2014
EU Energy Policy Update from APCO Worldwide
After the final session of the 2009-2014 parliamentary mandate was brought to an end on 17 April in Strasbourg, MEPs and would-be-MEPs alongside the candidates for President of the European Commission are now fully in campaign mode until EU voters go to the polls during 22-25 May. The next European legislature will have the challenging […]

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