On July 24, WRI Senior Fellow Karl Hausker, Ph.D., testified in a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. The hearing, titled “Building America’s Clean Future: Pathways to Decarbonize the Economy,” examined the challenges and opportunities associated with deep decarbonization of the United States economy.
Decisions from utility commissions across the country suggest natural gas' time as a "bridge fuel" may be short—renewables are already often preferred and cheaper.
More and more companies and cities are setting 100% renewable energy goals. But how and when these customers use the electricity they buy also matters. Here are five other things large energy buyers can do to help green the U.S. electric grid.
WRI is organizing a press call featuring high-level experts to reflect on how Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Agreement two years ago has impacted climate action in the United States and around the world.
Nevada's new measure to strengthen its Clean Electricity Standard is the latest in a series of legislative moves to drive the transition to low-carbon energy in the United States. That makes it a good time to review the newest research and consider whether such standards are good policy.
Renewable energy is on the rise across the U.S., and state-level policies are instrumental. Already in 2019, 10 states have passed policies that promote renewable energy development. Here are four recent wins in states emerging as new leaders in clean energy.
The Green New Deal has inspired activism and debate, but not much action on Capitol Hill so far. That hasn't stopped states, cities and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico from taking bold steps now.
Public-private collaboration must upend the current paradigm of waste management and replace it with a circular economy that is regenerative by design.
Share your "climate story." Meet policymakers where they are. Push government to be bolder. This is your 2019 corporate climate lobbyist checklist.
Andrew Light's testimony before the House Subcommittee on Environment & Climate Change on the Paris Agreement, global climate action and the international impact of U.S. subnational leadership.
Many cities have set renewable energy goals. Some are achieving them through innovative ways, such as legislation, banding together to pool their buying power, partnering with utilities and community solar programs.
This technical note provides the methodology behind the State Overview online resource, part of the American Cities Climate Challenge: Renewables Accelerator website, which encapsulates webpages for 50 states and DC, displaying regulatory and market information as well as procurement option-specific state policies.
Water quality trading can spur more cost-effective reductions of pollution. But they're most effective when they have a strong driver, like a cap, and the new memo isn't as instructive as it could be on that front.
The United States still doesn't give any money to the world's largest climate fund. But things are looking up, with big contributions to the Global Environment Facility, the Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund and the multilateral development banks.
With the U.S. Congress largely silent on the subject of ambitious climate legislation—at least since the 2009 push for a federal cap-and-trade program—the idea of a Green New Deal has stirred attention to climate change like never before.
Lori Bird, Director of U.S. Energy at WRI, sits down with WRI Vice President for Communications Lawrence MacDonald to talk about the tech (batteries and rooftop solar), policy (net metering and RPS), movements and politics that are powering the renewables surge in the United States.
Steep reductions in carbon emissions will be critical to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change, but that won’t be enough. Capturing and storing carbon already in the air must be part of our climate strategy in the United States and around the world.
Even as climate negotiators in Poland laughed at the U.S. administration's promotion of fossil fuels, activists rallied for a Green New Deal in Washington. What they want is congressional support for climate action that would be embedded in the broader U.S. agenda of economic reform, public investment, job creation and social justice.
Andrew Wheeler, acting chief of the Trump administration's EPA, tried to discredit the findings of the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, saying that they were skewed by highlighting worst-case scenarios of climate change impacts. His comments were inaccurate. Here's what the environmental agency should be doing.
The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the U.S. government’s Global Change Research Program, was just released. The report, prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides an comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States. Read a statement by Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute.