Alaskans are facing big bills due to rising temperatures and need a way to pay those bills. In a few weeks, a carbon tax proposal is expected to land on the desk of Alaska Governor Bill Walker--and it looks like it might become reality.
The government's proposed weakening of vehicle mileage standards would result in an additional 321 to 921 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next 17 years - and we'd have higher gasoline bills.
A new University of Michigan poll found 73 percent of Americans think there is “solid evidence of global warming,” more than any time in the past decade of recorded surveys. A record 60 percent say global warming is happening and that humans are “at least partially responsible for rising temperatures.” Broken down by party lines, even half of Republican respondents say there is solid evidence of global warming, while 90 percent of Democratic respondents believe the same, per the survey.
After recently meeting with oil and energy execs, Pope Francis will host a climate conference on July 5th and 6th with environmental leaders and activists. For more, click here.
Hawaii has just enacted three laws to combat climate change. One commits the state to be carbon-neutral by 2045. Read more here.
The hurricanes of the future will be more like Hurricane Harvey—very slow and very rainy—according to a new study by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. When hurricanes move slowly, they dump more rain and thus cause more damage. The hurricane season begins June 1.
Oklahoma and Kansas have joined Iowa and South Dakota on the list of states that generate at least 30 percent of their electricity annually from wind. For more, see the American Wind Energy Association's annual report on the state of the wind power market.