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August 7, 2020 at 3:05 PM

Free Market Clean Energy Proposals for the Stimulus and Beyond

by: Rod Richardson
Clean Capitalist Leadership Council

For decades, clean energy advocates have argued for policies that specifically boost clean energy and arguably benefit the economy. But things have changed. Basic free-market policies that benefit the entire economy will now especially benefit clean energy and efficiency. Since clean technologies are cost-competitive, a level-playing-field accelerant will grow the market share of clean energy more than it would for fossil fuels and will grow it more quickly than conventional subsidies

For instance, Wayne Winegarden and I have proposed  CoVictory Bonds & Loans (CVBLs—private, tax-exempt debt) as a COVID recession recovery policy that would boost and be very useful

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July 15, 2020 at 4:52 PM

Electrification Nation: Buildings and Energy

by: Ralph DiNola
New Buildings Institute

Residential and commercial buildings are responsible for almost 40% of total carbon emissions in the United States. Policymakers with a focus on climate action are taking notice; they are advancing both policies that reduce emissions from the built environment and that favor electric technologies. 

Momentum to “electrify everything” has taken hold as states and cities like California and Seattle introduce policies to enable beneficial electrification by fuel switching (see chart below). Electrification can help reduce emissions from buildings as we “green” the grid. American member states and jurisdictions of the International Code Council have signaled support for

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July 6, 2020 at 9:42 AM

Are We Energy Independent?


Energy independence has been a goal of the United States since the oil crisis of the 1970s. And while 2019 saw record domestic oil production, the United States was still a net importer of oil with net imports totaling $192 billion. In an OurEnergyPolicy webinar on June 24, 2020, Yossie HollanderCo-Founder and Chairman of The Fuel Freedom Foundationdiscussed energy independence and current efforts to achieve it. He explained how in today’s interconnected world,  reducing U.S. dependence on global oil prices requires more than just increasing domestic oil production. To make energy (oil) independence a

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June 15, 2020 at 2:02 PM

The Future of Powering Transportation


The transportation sector is responsible for almost a third of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions, more than any other sector. Between 1990 and 2017, emissions from transportation increased more than any other sector in absolute terms, underscoring the importance of addressing sector emissions to help meet climate change goals. There are more reasons to reassess how we power transportation beyond just reducing emissions. As explained in our recent webinar series, some experts say that diversifying our choice of fuels could help support the American economy and potentially free us from dependence on foreign oil. 

The global market for …

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June 2, 2020 at 11:46 AM

Preventing Disaster by Securing Our Grid

by: General Wesley K. Clark
Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander &
Founder, Renew America Together

The security, economy, and general welfare of the United States are critically dependent on electricity. Transportation, pipelines, communications, and other essential services would all fail without a continuously operating electricity grid. It’s fair to say that the grid is the most essential of all our critical infrastructure, which is why it is of the utmost importance that it be adequately protected.     

While the grid is vulnerable to numerous and ever-changing threats — including physical sabotage, cyber sabotage, and destruction by electromagnetic pulse (EMP) — important steps have been taken to improve grid security in recent years. Key information about the

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