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Wind and Solar Groups Flee ALEC

Green energy groups exit the powerful conservative outfit following its attempt to end mandatory use of renewable energy by US states

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is suffering backlash from its battle on a new front: renewable energy standards. Photo courtesy The Progressive The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) have let their ALEC memberships expire,…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – February 1, 2013

Wind Energy Gets a Boost off Fiscal Cliff Deal

But the fickle nature of its funding in the United States remains problematic

Last week, the President Obama and Congress reached an agreement and ratified a new fiscal deal. What are its implications for environmental politics? Photo by Flickr user jimmediaThe wind energy industry expects 2012 will have been another record year with energy production…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – January 7, 2013

Germany’s Renewable Path to a Nuke-Free Future

The US Could Follow — If Only There Were the Political Will

When Germany announced in June that it would phase out nuclear energy by the end of 2022, arguing that the shift would have not only environmental but also economic benefits, critics charged the goal was impossible. Photo by benefit of hindsight Wind…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – September 14, 2011

Tug-of-War over Nuclear Energy in France

Sarkozy Increases Funding as Safety Concerns Loom and Activists Protest

The nuclear disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant has upended the politics of atomic energy worldwide. Following the disaster, Germany announced a phase out of nuclear energy by 2022, Switzerland decided to decommission its last plant by 2034, and Italy’s voters decided…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – July 12, 2011

Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein Call for Civil Disobedience to Block Keystone XL Pipeline

If Approved, Keystone Would Increase US Oil Imports from Alberta Tar Sands

Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, James Hansen, Maude Barlow, Wendell Berry and others have circulated a letter calling for civil disobedience to stop the Keystone Pipeline. The 1600 mile proposed pipeline would run from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada to oil refineries…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – June 27, 2011

Italy’s Voters Scrap Nuclear Energy!

Crushing Political Blow for Already Beleaguered Berlusconi

Berlin, Germany – Voters in Italy turned out in droves on Monday to scrap nuclear energy and water privatization. As polls on referendums on four key pieces of government legislation closed on Monday afternoon, the 50 percent hurdle required for the voter…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – June 13, 2011

The UN Climate Negotiations Kick Off — Sort Of

Bolivia Criticizes Market Mechanisms in the Cancún Agreement and REDD

Bonn, Germany – On Monday, a two-week long round of UN climate negotiations, lasting from June 6 to June 17, 2011, kicked off in Bonn, Germany. The talks will prepare for the way for the COP 17, which takes place November 28,…
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by: Tina Gerhardt – June 8, 2011

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