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On January 15, WRI Senior Fellow Taryn Fransen testified in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, & Technology. The hearing, titled “An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions,” examined the current state of climate science and solutions to the climate challenge. Taryn’s testimony focused on the United Nations Emissions Gap Report and the role the United States could play in closing the emissions gap.

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This week began with the Trump administration formally withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. But amidst the gloom, signs of hope: corporate leaders with the CEO Climate Dialogue went to Capitol Hill to urge Congress to enact legislation aligned with the Paris goals.

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Los Angeles Air Force Base, the first federal facility with a plug-in electric fleet of vehicles on the ground, has gone a step further. Now these EVs are the first in California to provide vehicle-to-grid services, with batteries that can send energy back to the grid, enabling cleaner, more efficient, more reliable power.

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On October 22, WRI Global Director for Energy Jennifer Layke testified in a hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. The hearing, titled “International Efforts to Increase Energy Efficiency and Opportunities to Advance Energy in the United States,” examined international best practices for energy efficiency and how these can inform efforts in the U.S.

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Pennsylvania's planned entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative marks the first time a major fossil-fuel producing state has joined the cooperative, which aims to cap carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants. It won't solve all the Keystone State's energy challenges, but it's a big step forward.

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The American Cities Climate Challenge: Renewables Accelerator website is a resource developed in partnership by World Resources Institute and Rocky Mountain Institute to help U.S. cities advance ambitious energy goals. This technical note outlines the structure and methodology of the procurement guidance section, a key feature of the website which provides resources for city sustainability staff working to procure renewable electricity.

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