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A Fifty Million Dollar Tipping Point?

By Lester R. Brown At a press conference on July 21, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he was contributing $50 million to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. Michael Brune, head of the Sierra Club, called it a “game changer”. It is that, but it also could push the United States, and […]

The Good News About Coal

By Lester R. Brown During the years when governments and the media were focused on preparations for the 2009 Copenhagen climate negotiations, a powerful climate movement was emerging in the United States: the movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Environmental groups, both national and local, are opposing coal plants because they are […]

How Many Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs Does It Take to Close 705 Coal Plants?

By Lester R. Brown The lighting sector is on the edge of a spectacular revolution, a shift from the century-old, inefficient incandescent light bulb to far more efficient technologies. Perhaps the quickest, most profitable way to reduce electricity use worldwide—thus cutting carbon emissions—is simply to change light bulbs. The Current Standard in Energy-Saving Light Bulbs: […]

Coal-Fired Power On the Way Out?

The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is […]

February 25th

SolveClimate: Media Savvy Youth are Blogging Coal to Death

Editor’s note: This post was written by Rachel Barge, and originally published on Tuesday, March 31, at SolveClimate. We all know young people have a handle on the Internet like no other demographic. My generation grew up playing computer games, had PC literacy classes in elementary school, and secretly hijacked the internet for music pirating […]

April 3rd

State Seeks to Capture Carbon and Store Underground

Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced yesterday it is working to explore and promote Carbon Sequestration. The process seeks to capture and store carbon dioxide produced from the burning of fossil fuels. The department is accepting bids for contracts to investigate sites in Pennsylvania as suitable holding cells for the captured CO2. The work […]

February 11th