Started on staff: 2020
B.A., University of Colorado
Taran works on national communications and media relations for The Public Interest Network, particularly with U.S. PIRG’s Make It Toxic-Free, Beyond Plastic and Transform Transportation campaigns. Taran lives in Boulder with his wife and two sons. He enjoys outdoor sports such as biking, hiking and skiing in the winter.
Posts by Taran Volckhausen
Statement: Weatherization funding takes advantage of the ‘cleanest energy’
President Joe Biden and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on Wednesday $3.16 billion in new funding through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for residential energy upgrades.
Statement: Offshore wind lease sale provides big boost for renewable energy in the Carolinas
Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced Friday that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold a wind energy auction on May 11 for more than 110,000 acres in the Carolina Long Bay area off the coast of North and South Carolina.
New report outlines how electric school buses could speed transition to clean electric grid
U.S. PIRG Education Fund, Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group are releasing a new report examining how the transition to electric school buses, in addition to keeping diesel exhaust out of developing lungs, could help speed up the expansion of clean energy by providing a critical source of reliable battery storage.
New report: Reinstated ‘polluter pays’ taxes should speed up lagging toxic waste cleanup
WASHINGTON -- For more than 20 years, the federal government’s “Superfund” program aimed at cleaning up toxic waste sites has languished for lack of funding. The program was originally funded by a tax on the chemical and petroleum industries, but those “polluter pays” taxes expired in 1995. When President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure package (BIF) into law last month, a polluter pays tax was finally reinstated on chemical industries.