On the outskirts of Traverse City, Michigan, sitting in the middle of farmland off M-72, is a giant lonely wind turbine that, in addition to electricity, produces a sense of pride for Jim Carruthers. As a private citizen in 1996, he helped push for construction of this now-iconic structure, at the time the largest operating wind turbine in the country. Today, he is mayor of this 15,000-plus-population (and growing) tourist town off the shores of Lake Michigan. He recently helped make news for Traverse City by setting a goal of powering all its city operations with renewable energy by 2020. Along the way toward that goal, though, he’s discovering the costs are higher than anticipated, including a surcharge for a new solar array.
The global energy system is evolving, but not fast enough to meet decarbonization goals aimed at curbing the worst impacts of climate change, according to an International Energy Agency report released in Chicago last week.
The Paris Climate Agreement could well remain intact despite the Trump administration’s earlier statements and actions on the Clean Power Plan, according to the lead climate lawyer who worked on the deal.
Republican attorneys general from three Midwest states say an investigation into whether oil giant Exxon Mobil misled investors about the risks of climate change is a “grave mistake” and an effort to “police the global warming debate.”
While the Republican platform leans heavily toward fossil fuels, a growing group of “eco-rights” are pushing for conservative policy solutions to climate change.
Madison’s City Council adopted an ambitious energy plan at its meeting on Tuesday June 7, with only one no vote from the 20-member council.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe spends a lot of time trying to convince fellow conservative Christians that climate change is real, human-influenced and a global crisis—and that it is their duty as members of the faith to act.
James Hansen, a scientist famous for sounding the alarm about climate change, visited Illinois to rally support for nuclear energy this week in a trip some saw as a push for state state legislation backed by Exelon.
The climate change organization MN350 may ask supporters to withdraw their money from Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank unless the financial institution begins to eliminate support for the fossil fuel industry.
Last week, paleoclimatologist Gabriel Filippelli and 21 other Indiana scientists made Gov. Mike Pence an offer he’ll likely refuse.