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EPA Admits Airplane Pollution’s Climate Danger But Drags Feet on Emissions Rules

Agency releases long-awaited endangerment finding acknowledging that planet-warming pollution from airplanes poses threat to human welfare

After nine years of delay, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially acknowledged in a so-called “endangerment finding” that planet-warming pollution from airplanes disrupts the climate and endangers human welfare. But the agency failed to move forward on rules to actually reduce aircraft emissions.

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Energy Efficiency/Global Scorecard - ACEEE: Germany #1 and US #8 in Ranking

Energy Efficiency/Global Scorecard - ACEEE: Germany #1 and US #8 in RankingUS Moves Up to #8 Spot Behind Spain and China, Rising From #13 Ranking in 2014; 3rd International Scorecard Evaluates 23 Largest Energy-Consuming Countries on 35 Categories

Germany continues to lead the world in energy efficiency, followed by Italy and Japan (tied for second place), France, and the United Kingdom (not reflecting energy-related government changes in 2016), according to the 2016 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published today by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are eight nations: Indonesia, Netherlands, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

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Keep It in the Ground movement under government surveillance

 

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by The Intercept reveal that the Lakewood Police Department and federal agents went undercover to spy on members of the Keep It in the Ground movement during a recent protest at an oil and gas lease sale in Lakewood, Colorado. The emails also reveal that law enforcement relied on information from Anadarko, one of the largest oil and gas producers in Colorado. News of this surveillance comes on the heels of legislation to move offshore oil and gas lease sales online and the announcement of the first online oil and gas lease sale on September 20, 2016.

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Energy Department Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE Financing Programs

As part of the Obama Administration's Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency, solar, and related improvements. DOE's updated best practices guidelines will enable more states and communities to adopt and implement residential PACE programs, unlocking access to affordable financing to reduce homeowners' energy bills, achieve more resilient homes and communities, and create jobs. DOE will also provide technical assistance to make it easier for states and communities to stand up effective PACE programs.

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Holland Energy Park Project Earns ISI’s Envision® Platinum Award

First Power Plant and Park Project to Receive an Envision Award

The Holland Energy Park project in Holland, Michigan recently received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision Platinum award. Owned by the Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW), the Holland Energy Park is part of a Community Energy Plan for a 40-year framework to achieve a sustainable energy future and reduce energy demand in the city. As the first power plant and park project to receive an Envision award, the Holland Energy Park is the 15th project overall to be rated by the Envision sustainable infrastructure system.

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