In the media storm surrounding the midterm elections, you might have missed an important act of sustainability leadership. Five of the world’s leading brands filed public comments opposing the Administration’s Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.
A statement from Dean Seavers, President of National Grid, US
“National Grid believes significant and urgent action is needed to combat climate change and has long supported reasonable decarbonization policies and strategies – including the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Climate Accord,” said Dean Seavers, president of National Grid, US. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while maintaining affordability and resiliency, is paramount for National Grid.”
BOSTON, October 10, 2017 /3BL Media/- The proposal released today by the Trump administration to abandon the Clean Power Plan is both “misguided and out of step with the leaders in the business community,” Ceres said in a statement today.
The Clean Power Plan is the nation’s first comprehensive effort to reduce carbon pollution from existing electric power plants – the second largest source of global warming pollution in the country.
Anne Kelly, senior director of policy and the BICEP Network, added:
BSR regrets today’s executive order from U.S. President Donald Trump to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a set of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policies that are intended to reduce the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels and cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent by 2030.
March 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ - The Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle the U.S. Climate Action Plan, including withdrawing support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, “is completely misguided and ignores the irreversible clean energy economy that is already underway, creating good-paying jobs and economic vitality in communities across the country,” Ceres President Mindy Lubber said in a statement today. Lubber served as the EPA Administrator for the New England Region in 2000.
Last week on CBS News I watched a piece about Dutch farmer Marc van Rijsselberghe, who is running experiments in the Texel Islands, Netherlands, to grow potatoes using in salt-ridden land. As more and more salty water seeps through the Dutch dykes onto its farmland, van Rijsselberghe and others are finding ways to adapt.
Sempra Energy, PG&E, Edison International, Xcel Energy Rank High for Renewable Energy while FPL, American Electric Power, ConEdison and PPL Corp Rank Low
A new analysis released today by Ceres shows that many of the nation’s largest electric utilities and their local subsidiaries are moving toward lower carbon fuel sources and that ambitious state policies and strong corporate demand for renewable energy are key drivers of this trend.
Individuals and organizations are joining together to advocate for keeping coal, oil, and gas in the ground, demanding that our global society break free from fossil fuels to mitigate the risks of climate change.
Climate activist Bill McKibben led the fight against the Keystone XL Pipeline and won. Now, he is building the Break Free movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground. His efforts are yielding meaningful results—from the United Kingdom to South Africa, Australia to Brazil, the movement is disrupting fossil fuel projects, encouraging mass divestment, and setting the stage for “the rapid, just transition from the fossil fuel economy of the past to the 100% renewable and clean energy future that climate justice demands.”
While Alberta’s oil sands have been shut down due to fire and while the political debate about coal use heats up, the renewable energy sector keeps on making temperature-reducing progress, and on several fronts. More companies have committed to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, the latest including Mars, IKEA, Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, and Adobe, who join the likes of Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.