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Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

Forests

Logging mature and old trees threatens U.S. climate goals

 Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday signed a memorandum to clarify the U.S. Forest Service’s direction on climate policy. The memo, "Climate Resilience and Carbon Stewardship of America's National Forests and Grasslands," follows a recent White House executive order highlighting the importance of conserving mature and old-growth forests on federal lands as a climate solution. The memo, which lays out “actions to restore forests, improve resilience, and address the climate crisis”, falls short in meeting the ambition outlined in President Joe Biden’s order on old forests and trees. Secretary Vilsack acknowledges the role that older trees play in absorbing and storing carbon and supporting biodiversity. But he fails to outline a plan for his agency to protect mature and old-growth forests and trees from commercial logging. 

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RESOURCE: The 100 most polluting power plants in the U.S.

Fossil fuel pollution

RESOURCE: The 100 most polluting power plants in the U.S.

Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund are releasing a new factsheet ranking America’s dirtiest power plants. Though increased renewable energy generation has led to decreased emissions from the power sector, more than 3,400 fossil-fuel power plants are still contaminating American skies and contributing to climate change.

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NEWS RELEASE: Californians rally to save rooftop solar

Solar power

NEWS RELEASE: Californians rally to save rooftop solar

LOS ANGELES and SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of Californians rallied in the state’s two most famous cities Thursday, calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make major changes to a proposal that would impose a tax on rooftop solar power generation. Other parts of the country where similar taxes were imposed saw precipitous drops in rooftop solar as a result.

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Florida Gov. DeSantis’s veto saves rooftop solar in Sunshine State

Solar power

Florida Gov. DeSantis’s veto saves rooftop solar in Sunshine State

Exercising his first veto of the 2022 legislative session, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday vetoed HB 741, a bill that would have gutted net metering in Florida. Net metering is the policy which compensates solar owners for the excess electricity they generate and then sell back to the grid. 

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