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Tax Bill Pits Renewable Energies Against Fossil Fuels

Tax Bill Pits Renewable Energies Against Fossil Fuels

The federal tax bill now pending in the US Congress would favor oil and gas development over renewable energy projects, all to the consternation of hi-tech companies that now rely on wind and solar energies to power their businesses.

State Attorney Generals Attack Trump’s EPA Over Clean Power Plan Advice

State Attorney Generals Attack Trump’s EPA Over Clean Power Plan Advice

Some state attorney generals are taking issue with the legal advice that EPA Administrator has given to states, which is that while the Clean Power Plan is being litigated, they do not have to meet the ruling’s timetables.

EPA Broke Law with Water Rule Social Media Blitz

EPA Broke Law with Water Rule Social Media Blitz

The EPA broke the law by using social media to drum up support for the Clean Water Rule, according to the US Government Accountability Office. In its ruling, the GAO said the EPA engaged in “covert propaganda” and lobbying. Federal law prohibits agencies from doing both. The EPA used Twitter, … Read more »

GHG Protocol

Emissions Reporting Guidance for Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

The World Resources Institute has published new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity. The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market, WRI says. The GHG Protocol … Read more »

EBay Dumps ALEC

EBay, after months of pressure from climate change activists, yesterday confirmed its departure from the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to Forecast the Facts. Forecast the Facts and other environmental groups had been pressuring eBay to cut its ties to ALEC, a coalition of corporations and state legislators that opposes … Read more »

Facebook, Other Major Firms to Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardant Chemicals

Facebook, Autodesk and Dignity Health are among the major corporations and government purchasers that have signed a pledge to preferentially purchase furniture made without toxic flame retardant chemicals. The Center for Environmental Health organized the pledge and has also published a list of companies that sell office furniture made without … Read more »

Amazon Web Services

Is Amazon’s New Data Center Really Carbon Neutral?

Amazon Web Services last week announced its new data center in Frankfurt, Germany would be carbon neutral. Greenpeace says prove it. Greenpeace senior energy campaigner David Pomerantz says Amazon needs to release more information to verify its carbon-neutral claim. “While we would like to trust that Amazon’s new facility will … Read more »

Nestlé Factory to Reduce Water Consumption 15%

Nestlé will reduce the total amount of water it uses in Mexico by 15 percent a year as the result of its new dairy facility in Jalisco, which will produce 1.6 million liters (422,000 gallons) of water daily out of cow’s milk, according to the company. The company plans to … Read more »

Collectively

Google, Facebook, Others Launch Sustainability Platform

Unilever, Coca-Cola, Google, Facebook, Nike, PepsiCo and dozens of other major companies and nonprofits have launched a digital sustainability platform intended to drive conversation and action on sustainability. The companies say the nonprofit editorial platform, called Collectively, aims to “make sustainable living the new normal.” Collectively brings together global sustainability … Read more »

Major Oil Company Dumps ALEC

Occidental Petroleum, a major oil and natural gas company, has cut its ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a coalition of corporations and state legislators that opposes environmental regulations and clean energy policies. Occidental on Friday sent a letter indicating its intention to end its relationship with ALEC, the … Read more »