Want to know the best-kept secret in Florida about one of the biggest barriers holding back meaningful solar development? It’s not the lack of sunshine – Florida has best solar resource east of the Mississippi. So, what is it you ask? Taxes – really burdensome taxes whose impact drives up the cost of solar power. [...]
Today, at a live event in the Rose Garden, President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, currently the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Reminding everyone that “people don’t stop working during their last term,” President Obama urged Senators to act in a bipartisan fashion and move forward with nomination hearings in order to fill the vacant seat left on the Supreme Court after Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February.
Although there is sure to be a political battle around the nomination, we look to Judge Garland’s record on environmental issues to shed some light on how the Supreme Court may handle future environmental cases, like the current challenge to the Clean Power Plan pending in the lower court.
I am constantly amazed at how low Florida’s monopoly utilities are willing to go to protect their right to pollute and keep their captive customers. Frankly, it’s scary and that seems very appropriate given Halloween is upon us. It’s scary that Florida – the Sunshine State – gets only about 1/10 of 1 percent of [...]
I had the great pleasure of joining our Board President, John Noel, and his wife, Melinda Welton, at his table at the League of Conservation Voters’ Annual Capitol Dinner on Wednesday, June 25th in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker was President Obama, appropriate since this was the one-year anniversary of his major climate speech at [...]
Do you know what the South Carolina Public Service Commission (PSC) does? This is a question that the vast majority of South Carolinians may not be able to answer, even though the PSC is one of the most important regulatory bodies in the state. In short, the PSC is responsible for seeing that utility companies promote [...]
Although a final few races are still being determined, including several recounts or runoffs here in the Southeast as noted by the circled districts to the right, the vast majority of the 2012 races have been decided. Here, in the ten Southeastern states that SACE covers, voters elected 1 new governor, 4 U.S Senators, nearly [...]
This blog, entitled “What Obama’s Re-Election Means for Coal, Climate Change, and America’s Energy Future” was written by Mary Anne Hitt, Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, and originally appeared in Sierra Club’s Compass blog and can be found here. President Obama’s victory yesterday was a victory for clean energy, one that gives us [...]
This blog is the third in a series of blogs examining the impacts of Hurricane Sandy and its connections to extreme weather and climate change. Other blogs can be read here. Once again extreme weather and its devastating impacts are dominating the headlines. Following the march of destruction, the tragic loss of human life and [...]
A well-known politician once famously quipped that ‘all politics is local.’ However, the reality is that our elected leaders (and therefore our laws) are influenced by money originating well beyond our local districts. Big Oil and Big Coal have donated well over $150 million to political campaigns in the past decade in the hopes of [...]
This blog is the fifth in a series of blogs examining the climate and energy positions of Presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. Please note: SACE does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. Links to reports, candidate websites and outside sources are provided as citizen education tools. Rising temperatures [...]