Renewable Energy Accounts for 70% of New U.S. Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

EcoWatch | July 22, 2015 | Column by Ken Bossong

In yet another clear indication of the nation’s energy future, renewable sources—biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind—accounted for nearly 70 percent (69.75 percent) of new electrical generation placed in service in the U.S. during the first six months of 2015.

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The Wind and Sun Are Bringing the Shine Back to Buffalo

The New York Times | July 20, 2015 | Column by Diane Cardwell

BUFFALO — Along a bend in the Buffalo River here, an enormous steel and concrete structure is rising, soon to house one of the country’s largest solar panel factories. Just to the south, in the rotting guts of the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, where a dozen wind turbines already harness the energy blowing off Lake Erie, workers are preparing to install a big new solar array.

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How Solar Power Can Be Affordable and Accessible for All

Huffington Post (via Alternet) | July 20, 2015 | Post by Mark Ruffalo

President Obama has made it easier for renters and middle-class and low-income families to control their energy.

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Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand

The Guardian | July 10, 2015 | Column by Arthur Nelson

Unusually high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs – with plenty to spare for Germany, Norway and Sweden too

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70 Groups Call for 100% Clean Energy in NYS

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter | July 9, 2015 | SA Summer 2015 Publication

More than 70 environmental, faith and labor groups, including the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club, launched a campaign on Earth Day to require New York to transition to 100% clean energy by 2030.

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Bernie Sanders’ Plan To Make Solar Power More Accessible

ThinkProgress | July 7, 2015 | Post by Ari Phillips

On Tuesday, Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for low-income families to take advantage of solar power. The bill, called the “Low Income Solar Act,” came the same day that the Obama Administration announced a similar program aimed at installing 300 megawatts of renewable energy in federally subsidized housing by 2020.

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State increases solar capacity by 300 percent

Capital New York | July 6, 2015 | Column by David Giambusso

New York State has increased its solar capacity by 300 percent over the past four years, the Cuomo administration said Monday, and state environmental leaders are applauding the progress.

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America’s Zero Emissions Imperative

Common Dreams | July 3, 2015 | Column by Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. and Tom Weis

Last fall, we wrote an article explaining why zero has become the most important number for humanity. Since that time, zero emissions has been embraced as an idea that’s time has come by nearly 120 countries, leading European companies, high-profile CEOs, two Pontifical Academies, climate visionaries like Al Goremainstream media outlets and, if you can believe it, even the leaders of the G7. We now address the critical issue of timelines.

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Now Is the Time to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Energy

Common Dreams | July 2, 2015 | Column by David Suzuki

If nothing else, the G7 countries' recent agreement to end fossil fuel use for energy by 2100 signals a shift in the way we talk and think about global warming. Previous agreements were about reducing carbon emissions from burning coal, oil and gas. This takes matters a step further by envisioning a fossil fuel-free future.

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How the Labor and Environmentalist Movements Can Put Workers at the Center of Climate Justice

In These Times | July 1, 2015 | Column by Trish Kahle

2015, only halfway over, has already been an extreme year for both labor and the climate: the Midwest and Texas are experiencing record rainfall while California is in a record-breaking drought, and 2015 is the hottest year on record so far (the standing record is from 2014), including a heatwave in India that left more than 2,300 people dead. The Obama administration continues to try and push through the Trans-Pacific Partnership on fast-track, with millions of workers livelihoods hanging in the global balance and attacks on unions like the United Steelworkers continue to threaten worker, community and environmental safety. Meanwhile, energy companies insist that drilling in the soon-to-be ice-free summertime arctic will create jobs—even as it may mean game over for the climate.

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