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A New Program Like FDR’s Civilian Conservation Corps Could Help the Nation Fight Climate Change and Transition to Renewable Energy

By Judy Fahys, Inside Climate News

President Joe Biden has been talking about the idea since before he took office. A week into his presidency, he directed the secretary of the interior to lead development of a strategy to mobilize a Civilian Climate Corps—“the next generation of conservation and resilience workers”—to help address the climate crisis. Then he called for spending $10 billion on the updated CCC in the $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure plan he proposed earlier this month.

“It’s reached a level of seriousness and intention that I have never seen before,” said Mary Ellen Sprenkel, president and CEO of the Corps Network, a national association representing the nation’s 135 existing conservation corps, mostly private-public partnerships that have adopted the corps model for job training and community service. Read more here.

Civilian Climate Corps Act

Image Credit: The Corps Network

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Student Conservation Association News Release

Young Americans Believe Climate Change is Real – and Want to Do More to Stop It
Eighty-six percent of young Americans believe the world’s climate is changing and 71% conclude human activities are the cause, but youth are struggling to identify individual practices they can take to improve global sustainability, according to a new nationwide poll.

Released by the Student Conservation Association (SCA)The SCA Climate Survey reveals the perspectives of 15-25 year olds on climate change, environmental justice, and related public policy initiatives. The poll shows that although nearly 40% of respondents view climate change as a “crisis,” 83% believe there is still time to prevent its worst effects. Youth are split, however, on whether that goal is achievable.

About the Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s oldest and largest youth conservation organization. SCA conserves lands and transforms lives by empowering young people of all backgrounds to plan, act, and lead while they protect and restore our natural and cultural resources. Founded in 1957, SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders, and seven in 10 of alumni worldwide are employed or studying in conservation-related fields. For more, visit www.thesca.org.

Additional Climate Resource

Climate Science 101, Covering Climate Now 
Climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe explains the basics of climate change for beginners and those in need of a refresher.

About Covering Climate Now

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New Report: States Are Laying a Road Map for Climate Leadership

By Sam RickettsRita ClifftonLola Oduyeru, and Bill Holland,
Center for American Progress

There are important lessons that a future U.S. president and Congress should derive from state progress across the country, as well as that of local governments and tribal nations, as they begin to craft a transformative national agenda. Such an agenda should be based on investing in good jobs; building a sustainable economy; creating standards for effective and sustained pollution reductions at the national and local levels; committing to justice and equity; and ending the federal handouts that prop up fossil fuel corporations and their pollution. Read the entire report here.

Download the report as a PDF.

About the Authors
Sam Ricketts is a senior fellow for Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress. Rita Cliffton is a research associate for Climate and Energy Policy at the Center. Lola Oduyeru is a manager for State and Local Government Affairs at the Center. Bill Holland is the senior director for State Advocacy and Policy at the League of Conservation Voters.

Nebraska is specifically referenced in the report under the topics:

Progress in each key economic sector/Electricity
Nebraska’s Dollar and Energy Saving loan programs were the first in the nation to utilize innovative public financing to deploy energy efficiency projects. Source: National Association of State Energy Officials, U.S. State Energy Program Update: State Projects and Programs Implemented by the State Energy Offices Utilizing SEP Funding

 Agriculture and Land
For farmers who adopt cover crop practices, Iowa offers discounted crop insurance and cost-sharing and Nebraska provides financial incentives. Source: The Izaak Walton League of America, State and Local Soil Health Strategies: Building Soil Health Policy from the Ground Up

Public Domain Photo: U.S. Capitol Building

$3.3 billion wind investment will add 2,500 MW of clean energy in South Dakota

Written by South Dakota News Watch, Energy News Network

Just two years ago, despite being home to the third-most-active winds in the nation, South Dakota ranked No. 19 for wind energy production among the 50 states, with 15 wind farms and a total of 584 turbines able to generate 1,014 megawatts of electricity.

New national ranking data is not yet available, but the approved and docketed projects would raise the total of wind farms to 25 and nearly triple the number of wind towers in the state. The electricity production capacity would rise to more than 3,600 megawatts. Though it is variable, one megawatt of electricity can power about 1,000 homes; South Dakota ranks high in the nation for the number of homes, about 300,000, that are powered by wind energy.
Read more here.

Photo by South Dakota Renewable Energy Association

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CORPORATE ENERGY TRANSITION NEWS 

 Previously Posted

IPCC REPORT

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report states that net zero CO2 emissions must be achieved in fewer than 15 years before global warming effects become irreversible.

NEW REPORT

Reducing Carbon Pollution Through Infrastructure: A Roadmap for Congress, Center for American Progress. Investing in clean energy, transportation, buildings, industrial innovation, and more could cut more than 800 million metric tons of carbon pollution in 2030.

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action.

2019 GREEN POWER LEADERSHIP AWARDS 

Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2019 Green Power Leadership Award Winners, News Release. The nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) presented the 2019 Green Power Leadership Awards today, awarding eight organizations and one individual for their roles in promoting and expanding the use of clean, renewable energy. The awards were presented at the Renewable Energy Markets 2019 conference in San Diego, CA in the categories of Green Power Market Development, International Green Power Market Development, and Green Power Leader of the Year.

Congress Opens Arctic Wildlife Refuge to Drilling, But Do Companies Want In?

By Sabrina Shankman, Inside Climate News

[Those] hoping that oil companies will flock to the refuge—and that revenues raised can help offset some of the deficit created by the tax bill—might be sorely disappointed, said Bud Coote, a senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center. “In the current economic environment, it’ll be a tough sell,” he said . . . In late October, a poll conducted by the Yale Program on Climate Communication found that 70 percent of Americans oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and that only 18 percent of Republicans “strongly support” it. [Sen. Maria Cantwell], who is the ranking member on Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said that those who want to protect the refuge will capitalize on the public support going forward.
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