In early July, the White House unveiled a new plan to help cut energy costs for low- and middle-income families. The new program would make it easier for people who lack startup capital, or who rent rather than own their homes, to invest in solar.
According to the Obama Administration, last year the United States brought as much solar energy online every three weeks as it did in all of 2008. The solar industry added jobs 10 times faster than the rest of the economy. The continually lowering price for solar energy is part of the inspiration behind the Administration’s effort to provide access to those communities who have historically been economically unable to access clean energy resources.
This guest post, by Danielle Hilton and Seandra Pope, was originally published on Grist on July 8. You can see the original post here. Last year, the African-American author and commentator Charles D. Ellison asked, “Where’s the Black political conversation on climate change?” Now that conversation is happening, but it’s not the one we need. [...]
A segment on Thursday evening’s PBS NewsHour took a good look at Charleston, South Carolina, and its state of preparedness for sea level rise from climate change. The segment brought up a few key points worth highlighting here. 1. Sea level is rising and tidal flooding is becoming more frequent and severe. Sea level rise [...]
Last weekend, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) visited SACE’s Knoxville office to sit down with clean energy and environmental advocates from Tennessee to discuss work done to combat climate change in the state. Representatives from SACE, Sierra Club, Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, Alliance to Save Energy and TenneSEIA were in the room as Sen. Whitehouse was briefed on TN’s air quality, past and future climate change impacts in the state and the amount of solar, wind and energy efficiency resources used by TN residents.
Yesterday, Georgia Interfaith Power & Light and Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign hosted a press conference in response to the Pope’s recent Encyclical on Climate Change. The press conference brought together diverse members of Georgia’s faith, scientific, business, and environmental communities in support of the Pope’s commitment to address climate action.
SACE recently had the privilege of attending the 2015 HHS Climate Justice Conference in Raleigh, N.C. hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The conference was a unique space to hear directly from some of the low-income communities and communities of color that are most [...]
The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy offers our condolences to all those affected by the tragic massacre at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night. One person killed that night was Reverend and State Senator Clementa Pinckney who worked with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2006 to produce the South [...]
One theme throughout Laudato Si is the juxtaposition of the “tyranny over creation” (anthropocentrism) versus a cooperation and cultivation of nature. As stated by Pope Francis, “If we approach nature and the environment without this openness to awe and wonder, if we no longer speak the language of fraternity and beauty in our relationship with the world, our attitude will be that of masters, consumers, ruthless exploiters, unable to set limits on their immediate needs.” Fossil fuels including “coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas – needs to be progressively replaced without delay,” are specifically identified as forms of tyranny over creation. In essence, fossil fuels reinforce a consumerist mindset of prideful, greedy and gluttonous (yet, false) control over nature – that humanity can extract and consume fossil fuels on our own terms (some would say, “dispatchable generation”). Alternatively, Pope Francis’ call to a cooperative (fraternal) relationship with creation highlights potential solutions to fossil fuels; “Fraternal love can only be gratuitous…That is why it is possible to love our enemies. This same gratuitousness inspires us to love and accept the wind, the sun and the clouds, even though we cannot control them.” The variability (some would say “intermittency”) of renewable energy provides an opportunity for humanity to exercise temperance, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility with nature. Faithful Catholics may recognize the juxtaposition of mortal sins versus holy virtues.
This post, written by Juan Declet-Barreto, originally appeared on NRDC’s Switchboard blog on June 11, 2015 and is reposted with permission. Addressing the disproportionate impacts of carbon pollution on the health of low-income and minority communities is one of the most compelling reasons for combating climate change. Many serious and rigorous scientific studies have shown that [...]
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) affirms that the globe has indeed been warming quickly in recent decades, in spite of arguments to the contrary. In fact, the report finds that the rate of global warming over the last 15 years has been as fast as, or even faster than, the [...]