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JAN. 2014

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RGGI update

Business resilience

Cut your heating bills

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C2ES in the News

Eileen Claussen’s comments on the State of the Union appear in InsideClimate News, The (Philadelphia) Inquirer, and U.S. News & World Report.

In the National Journal, Manik Roy explores three key statements by President Obama.

Kyle Aarons tells the Christian Science Monitor about state climate adaptation strategies.

Elliot Diringer talks to Climatewire (subscription) about progress in international climate talks.

Nick Nigro explains to Singularity Hub what’s driving the push for hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles.

Mark Your Calendar

Joe Casola speaks about climate resilience Feb. 5 at the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Georgia.

Janet Peace and Joe Casola speak Feb. 9 to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners on business resilience.

Janet Peace speaks March 26 at GLOBE 2014 in Vancouver.

Join business & policy leaders in San Diego
Headliners at the 2014 Climate Leadership Conference Feb. 24-26 in San Diego include philanthropist Tom Steyer, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols, EPA Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe, and Penn State climate scientist Michael Mann. Register now to hear more than 75 speakers share innovative climate and energy solutions. Get updates on Twitter @TheCLC2014.

Obama pledges climate action
In his State of the Union address, President Obama reminded Americans and Congress that “climate change is a fact,” and promised to use his presidential powers to strengthen America’s response. Eileen Claussen stressed the need for practical, flexible approaches that protect both the climate and the economy. See excerpts from the speech and links to C2ES resources on climate and energy issues.

More on Federal Policy

Stronger steps needed to meet U.S. pledge
In a recent report to the United Nations, the State Department lays out the U.S. strategy for achieving its goal of reducing emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. But a close read by Doug Vine reveals that, in some key respects, it is more a menu of options than a clear blueprint.

More on Energy and Technology

The big chill and climate change
The bitter January cold snap attributed to a polar vortex was unusual but not entirely unprecedented. Scientists don’t yet know whether climate change will change the odds of future outbreaks of bitter cold. Joe Casola explains the difference between weather and climate.

More on Science and Impacts

Northeast states reduce emissions
By 2020, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is projected to help reduce the region’s annual power-sector carbon emissions 45 percent from 2005 levels. An updated C2ES brief explains how the nation's first mandatory cap-and-trade program is working.

More on Regions and States

Businesses recognize climate risks
More business leaders are asking how to prepare for the impacts that climate change will have on their facilities, operations, and supply and distribution chains. In The Environmental Forum, Eileen Claussen talks about what companies can do to build resilience to climate risks.

More on Business

Finance tools can spur AFV market
Private investment is needed to spread alternative fuel vehicles and fueling infrastructure. A new C2ES report explores how financing tools such as leasing, performance contracting, and clean energy banks could help.

Optimism for electric vehicles
Electric vehicle sales in the United States nearly doubled last year, but still accounted for less than 1 percent of new light-duty vehicle sales. Matt Frades sees a brighter outlook for 2014 with consumer acceptance and policy support growing, sticker prices dropping, and new models on the way.

More on Initiatives

How to cut your heating bills
Heating is the largest energy expense in most homes, and this winter's bills could be especially steep. Make an Impact has low- and no-cost energy-saving tips that can save both renters and homeowners money and reduce the emissions contributing to climate change.

More from Make an Impact

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