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MAY 2013

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Clean Energy Action

Electric Travel

Summer Energy Tips

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Natural Gas Event

Dominion Resources CEO Tom Farrell, American Gas Association President Dave McCurdy, and Center for American Progress VP Darryl Banks will be among the featured speakers at a June 4 event in Washington, D.C., where C2ES and The University of Texas will release a new report on ways to leverage the natural gas boom to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Register here.

C2ES in the News

Elliot Diringer tells The (London) Independent that China's move toward an emissions cap is encouraging but its impact will depend on where it's set.

Nextgov features two C2ES case studies on a federal campaign to encourage smarter printing and the Coast Guard's use of innovative financing to upgrade facilities and save energy.

A Bloomberg Business Week story on natural gas vehicles cites C2ES research on life-cycle carbon emissions from liquefied and compressed natural gas.

Elliot Diringer tells Reuters that nationally defined climate goals, as discussed at the recent U.N. climate talks in Bonn, Germany, are gaining wider acceptance.

Mapping out state action
C2ES unveils an upgraded series of online maps tracking state efforts to cut carbon emissions, encourage clean energy, and adapt to climate change. How many states have greenhouse gas emissions targets? Which states have standards requiring more electricity from renewable or alternative energy sources? And which states require the disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing? See new maps answering these and other questions on our state policy page.

Climate change and tornadoes – is there a link?
Increased carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere affect weather in many ways. The deadly tornado in Moore, Okla., made some wonder if there was a link to climate change. A new C2ES FAQ page explains that climate change affects the two key ingredients in a tornado in opposite ways, making a specific link unclear. Researchers are working to better understand how the building blocks for tornadoes — atmospheric instability and wind shear — will respond to global warming.

Global temps remain above average
Some climate skeptics have seized on a recent Economist article noting an apparent "hiatus" in global warming. Joe Casola explains that while the warming trend has had its ups, downs and, yes, flat periods, global temperatures are significantly higher than they were 30, 50, or 100 years ago. The bottom line: Greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere are warming the planet and increasing the risks of more extreme weather.

More on Science and Impacts

Congress on clean energy: Small steps a start
Bills to advance energy efficiency, hydropower, and tax incentives for clean energy technologies are working their way through Congress. Manik Roy tells the National Journal that these small steps can help move us closer to the goal of significantly lower carbon emissions. But a few steps forward won't be enough to avoid severe impacts from climate change.

More on Federal Policy

The real lesson from Europe's carbon market
Amid worries that low carbon prices signal the failure of Europe's emissions trading system, Eileen Claussen tells The Washington Post that in fact the carbon market is adjusting to current economic realities, just as it should. Europe's prolonged recession has reduced demand for energy and, in turn, for carbon allowances. The real lesson to draw from Europe's experience is to refine, not abandon, a market-based approach.

More on International Policy

Powering more travel with electricity
Consumers, policymakers, and auto companies all need a better idea of where electric vehicles can best meet drivers' needs. A new C2ES mapping tool helps answer that question. It highlights regions where electric vehicle charging networks are already in place, and where it makes sense to build more charging infrastructure because driving patterns indicate that most trips could be made entirely on battery power.

More on Electric Vehicles

2014 Climate Leadership Awards
The application period for the 2014 Climate Leadership Awards opens June 24.  Please join a free webinar on June 11 to hear details about the criteria and application process. (Register here.) The Climate Leadership Awards, co-sponsored by C2ES, recognize exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The awards will be presented at the Climate Leadership Conference Feb. 24-26 in San Diego.

More on Business

Keeping it cool this summer
Powering air conditioners costs U.S. homeowners more than $11 billion annually and emits roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide. Taking low- and no-cost steps can save energy — and money on your cooling bills. Among the Make an Impact tips: Program your thermostat so that you aren't cooling an empty house and install shades or drapes to keep out the hot sun.

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