Climate activists and community associations, who were concerned about the risks associated with oil-by-rail shipments, counted the city’s rejection of the permit as a major victory, and were tantalizingly close to prevailing over the company.
Corporate polluters and their political allies have sought to slow and derail anti-pollution laws, often using the exact same arguments and wording.
The new law marks the third comprehensive effort by a state to prevent utilities from using consumers’ monthly bills to fund political efforts.
“This report shows that the Inflation Reduction Act successfully creates an air-tight business case for supporting U.S. workers and manufacturers."
The global energy crisis that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as the growing affordability of renewables, has given rise to more sustainable alternatives.
Floating solar panels could theoretically provide enough energy to meet electricity demands of 6,256 cities in 124 countries.
"Unaffordable costs of energy and other necessities will push vulnerable populations into energy poverty and even extreme poverty.”
The German government is also pledging to accelerate the legal approval procedures for onshore wind turbines, in view of the urgency of reducing dependence on Russian methane gas.