In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama ranked the importance of a climate change strategy on a par with national security, economic equality and a more effective political process. Here are six steps his administration can take this year to cement its climate legacy.
WASHINGTON (January 7, 2016)– New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Missouri can place itself in a strong position to meet or exceed its emissions target under EPA’s Clean Power Plan for reducing emissions from the power sector.
WASHINGTON (January 5, 2016)– New analysis from World Resources Institute shows that Michigan is in a strong position to meet its target under the EPA’s Clean Power Plan for reducing emissions from the power sector through its existing energy efficiency and renewable energy policies. These policies have already generated investments, jobs and energy savings in the state.
While the United States has received criticism in the past for lackluster climate action, recent evidence shows the country is ramping up its ambition—progress that will likely last well beyond COP 21 in Paris.
Editor’s Note: WRI Expert Kristin Meek will testify at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection listening session on Wednesday, November 4
HFCs are as much as 12,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. New HFC-reduction initiatives, combined with existing actions, are expected to cut global greenhouse gases by the equivalent of more than 1 billion metric tons of CO2 by 2025, as much as would be achieved by taking 210 million cars off the road for one year.
The WRI analysis shows that if Virginia achieves its current goals to improve efficiency and increase use of renewable energy while also making more efficient use of existing natural gas plants, the state can decrease carbon emissions from Virginia’s power sector by 43 percent below 2012 levels by 2030 – well beyond the state’s mass-based target of 23 percent reductions required under the Clean Power Plan.
Joshua Ryor and Dana Davidsen break down recent developments, common misconceptions and emerging trends in renewable energy in the United States.