Tag: energy

A different kind of solar technology is poised to go big

Most solar panels covering the world’s rooftops, fields, and deserts today share the same ingredient: crystalline silicon. The material, made from raw polysilicon, is shaped into wafers and wired into solar cells, devices that convert sunlight into electricity. Recently, the industry’s dependence on this singular technology has become something of a liability. Supply chain bottlenecks […]

Green, empty promises? The truth behind corporate climate pledges

Facing a reckoning over their contribution to the climate emergency, companies are coming out with a record number of pledges For climate campaigners, 26 May seemed like the start of a long-awaited reckoning for oil and gas companies. Over a single 24-hour period, a Dutch court ordered Shell to dramatically cut emissions, shareholders voted to […]

A stronger electricity grid is crucial to cutting carbon. Does that make it green?

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia, which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This project is produced in partnership with InvestigateWest and other media outlets and is supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Can slicing a 100-mile-long trench into the bed […]

Carbon IOUs? A new plan to make companies pay back their climate debt

The math of climate change is unforgiving. Scientists estimate that the world can only emit a few hundred billion metric tons more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere before crossing a significant threshold: warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. That’s the limit nations decided to strive for under the Paris Agreement. […]

How the gas industry is trying to keep crappy heaters on the market

The American Gas Association, or AGA, the gas industry’s most powerful trade group, says it supports energy efficiency. The AGA frequently advertises how much its member utilities spend on energy efficiency programs. It is a member of the Alliance to Save Energy, a bipartisan nonprofit that advocates for stronger federal energy efficiency policy.  The group […]

US urges Australia to adopt ‘more ambitious climate goals’ as pressure mounts on Morrison to act

Top US diplomat in Canberra says US and Australia have a shared obligation to protect the planet The top US diplomat in Australia has declared both countries need to set “more ambitious climate goals” and tackle the climate crisis “head on”, as international pressure mounts on the Morrison government to act. Mike Goldman, who is […]

How to sabotage climate legislation? An Exxon lobbyist explains.

All the billions ExxonMobil spent on PR went up in flames this week after a sting operation by Greenpeace recorded one of the oil giant’s lobbyists talking about what goes on behind the scenes — sabotaging climate legislation, secretly manufacturing cancer-causing chemicals, and using trade groups as “whipping boys” to evade public scrutiny. “It’s pretty […]

The feds just threw a wrench into Enbridge’s plan to keep Line 5 running

Under the turbulent waters of the Great Lakes, a 68-year-old pipeline is transporting 540,000 barrels of crude oil each day, despite Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order that Enbridge Energy shut down the pipeline by May 12.  For several years, one of Enbridge’s main arguments for continuing to operate the pipeline, Line 5, was that it […]

Australia is at the climate crossroads. The choice is yours, mates | Michael Mann

One path leads to suffering and ruin. The other to a safe and vital future. But you must leave fossil fuels behind Australia stands at a crossroads, once more. While most of the world has started down a path toward building a cleaner, safer energy and climate future, the Australian government remains stuck in place. […]

10 jobs that will help shape a zero-emissions future

This story is part of the series Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia, which explores the path to low-carbon energy for British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. This project is produced in partnership with InvestigateWest and other media outlets and is supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. If any bioregion is well-suited to streak towards a net-zero […]