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Fossil-Fuel Power Industry Hopes to Exploit Syrian Refugee Crisis to Push Pro-Polluter Provisions Through Congress

In case you missed it, this story came out just before Thanksgiving.

Topics: Public Affairs

Faced with Plummeting Price of Clean Energy, Fossil Fuel Interests Double Down on Discredited Arguments

This week, Lazard issued its 2015 report on the "levelized cost of energy" for various power generation alternatives. The bottom line conclusion, that "wind and solar technologies are beating conventional fuels - coal, gas and nuclear - on costs of production," obviously was great news for clean energy and terrible news for fossil fuels. That's especially true given that the cost trend for clean energy continues downward, as far into the future as the eye can see, meaning that fossil fuels' days are numbered, simply on economic grounds alone. That, of course, doesn't even account for the imperative to slash carbon pollution, as well as to save scarce water resources, both of which strongly favor clean energy over fossil fuels.

Topics: Clean Economy

Despite Urgent Need to Phase Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies, They Continue at "an eye-watering $452 billion every year"

We've written frequently here at Scaling Green about the enormous amounts of taxpayer-funded corporate welfare flowing to the fossil fuel industry -- see IEA: Fossil Fuels Get $550 Billion/Year in Subsidies, 4x More than Clean Energy, “The fossil fuel industry receives billions in taxpayer subsidies as the wind industry fights to take flight”, for instance. We've repeatedly emphasized both that the science is absolutely clear regarding the damage excessive reliance on fossil fuels is doing to the environment, health, national security and other "negative externalities." Clearly, throwing the fossil fuel "welfare bums" off of their taxpayer-funded-subsidy gravy train is an urgent matter, for a host of compelling reasons.

Topics: Clean Economy

Conservative Speakers at Clean Energy Summit Tout Virtues of Clean Energy

Recently, speakers at the Conservative Clean Energy Summit discussed their support for renewable energy, with a particular emphasis on solar power. Important arguments made at the summit by leading conservative voices included:

Topics: Public Affairs

Nielsen Surveys Find Consumer Interest in Solar, Sustainability on the Rise

[Tweet "Interest in rooftop solar power is growing. "On-site energy generation like solar energy holds the power to re-shape household energy consumption" via @scalingreen"]

Topics: Clean Economy

Leading By Example, California Agencies Help Cool the Planet

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Topics: Public Affairs