Environment

Earth Day, Bah! Hybrid, EV Owners Shift to SUVs

Owners of gas-electric hybrids and battery electric vehicles are less and less likely to trade for another one, according to data from auto buying and research site Edmunds.com. Even more surprising: they are increasingly likely to shift to SUVs.

Earth Day’s Importance and Evolution Since 1970

By the 1980s, the impact of environmental regulation in the United States started to bear fruit. We saw the GDP grow and the absolute levels of pollution start to decrease. For the most part, those trends have continued ever since. We have learned that we can grow our economy without destroying our natural resources.

Legal Battle Begins Over Obama Bid to Curb Greenhouse Gases

President Obama’s most far-reaching regulation to slow climate change will have its first day in court on Thursday, the beginning of what is expected to be a multiyear legal battle over the policy that Mr. Obama hopes to leave as his signature environmental achievement.

Myths and Facts about Capping Climate Change Pollution

Oregonians are already paying for climate change, through damaged shellfish, lost snowpack, and increased wildfires. Portland State University’s modeling shows that holding polluters accountable and reinvesting the money in schools and roads will grow jobs and wages, particularly in rural Oregon.

Ten Charts that Illustrate America’s Energy Boom

America became the world’s largest oil producer in 2014. “It was (1) pro-market policies at the state and local level, combined with (2) revolutionary technologies like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, and (3) good old American entrepreneurship/risk-taking that upended the energy patch.”

Oil Train Safety Bill Clears Washington House

The measure passed 58-40. Negotiations between the House and Senate are now expected. Some of the key components of the bill include ensuring the state’s Department of Ecology and first responders have a one-week notice on shipments; increasing fees on oil, vessels and pipelines to pay for spill response contingency plans.

Even Kitzhaber Official Knew Carbon Tax Would Cut Emissions Little

Here’s where the refreshing honesty comes in. The downside of such a legislative “conversation,” Hoffmann wrote, is that it “could suck a lot of air out of the room for not very much gain in terms of emissions reduction.” That is, of course, precisely the problem with state-level climate policies.