New EPA document reveals sharply lower estimate of the cost of climate change

Read the full story in the Washington Post. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a detailed 198-page proposed analysis of the costs and benefits of its move to repeal the Clean Power Plan, suggesting the administration plans to greatly decrease the government’s estimates of the cost of climate change. The document explains the consequences of scrapping the Clean …

The Next Wave of Extremists Will Be Green

Read the full story in Foreign Policy. If military strategists are always fighting the last war, the same is true of those who work on countering radicalization. In 2001, Western intelligence services, mostly focused on localized terrorist groups like the Irish Republican Army and ETA, were stunned by al Qaeda. Come 2011, they were then …

How connected are humans to their environment?

Read the full story at EnvironmentalResearchWeb. Today many of us rely heavily on imports of goods, food and power and have lost much of our connection with our local environment. As a result we tend to consume more than our fair share of resources and generate more than our fair share of waste. But unless …

The 2017 Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Download the document. This first edition of the Utility Energy Efficiency Scorecard assesses the 51 largest US electric utilities across a range of energy efficiency metrics. The metrics fall into three categories critical to utility-sector efficiency: (1) quantitative savings and spending performance, (2) program diversity and emerging areas, and (3) targets, business models, and evaluation. Eversource MA …

Proposed federal budget and its impact on energy and environment: A roundup

Below is a roundup of some of the most recent stories about the effect of President Trump's proposed budget on energy and environmental agencies. I'll do additional roundup posts as more information becomes available. Trump plans a 69 percent budget cut, large staff reductions at clean energy office (WaPO) Trump proposes sharp cuts at Interior …

Green Report on Status of Environmental Agency Budgets

Download the document. State environmental agencies operate the majority of federally delegated and authorized programs and manage funds to implement related environmental regulations. In July 2016, ECOS sought state environmental agency budget data (EAB) for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. ECOS received 48 responses. This ECOS Green Report provides information …