By 2050 there will be 9.5 billion consumers on our planet, all demanding more energy, food, products and services than ever before. This presents a huge challenge, and a huge opportunity for business leadership, collaboration and advocacy.
Mike Pence has been an important figure in the Trump administration’s policymaking all along – not the least because his relative credibility with Republicans in Congress makes him a key lobbyist for the president’s policies. His views on the environment are worthy of our attention.
The swift and overwhelming reaction to this disastrous decision has no historical precedent, and marks a dramatic and global shift in leadership. That shift is happening quickly in the United States, and perhaps even more quickly outside our borders.
President Trump’s reckless decision to leave the Paris climate agreement will live in infamy. It will hurt the United States far more than it hurts the rest of the world. And that’s saying a lot, because the global damage will indeed be considerable.
Strip away all the noise about Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, and one thing stands out: Trump thinks of himself as a master dealmaker, but in this case he has badly miscalculated.
Why do investors care about the Paris Climate Agreement? It all comes down to risk and return. And, where climate change is concerned, this is a risk that is omnipresent.
By now, you’re well aware of the Trump administration’s blitzkrieg against America’s bedrock environmental laws, but there’s also a parallel assault under way against clean energy that is only now beginning to get attention.
Over the past 25 years at EDF we’ve seen corporate sustainability go from simple operational efficiencies to global supply chain collaborations; and now it’s time to go further. Business must continue to raise the bar for sustainability leadership.
The Endangered Species Act, and adequately funded species recovery plans, are needed more than ever before – but we must also invest in new conservation approaches that help us protect species before they become endangered in the first place.
Last week, the oil and gas lobby suffered a major and unexpected loss, when the Republican controlled Congress refused to eliminate the Bureau of Land Management’s natural gas waste rule. Here are three lessons industry should learn.
This move is the latest evidence that investors are concerned with the financial, reputational and environmental risks associated with unmonitored and unchecked methane venting and leakage.
The government should be setting policies to maximize shareholder – that is, the general population’s – returns. To assess the America First Energy Plan’s ability to deliver maximal returns, let’s consider how a private landholder would market these lands and their resource rights.
While the president has flip-flopped on some signature issues, he’s been totally consistent about dismantling protections for public health, clean air and clean water. So let’s take a closer look at what he’s done so far, and what it will mean for our health and our world.
Michael Bloomberg is not your stereotypical environmentalist. So when he lays out a path to fight climate change in his book he is talking about common sense solutions to climate change that spring from the American mainstream. And passionate environme…
The biggest irony of the Trump administration’s attack on environmental safeguards is how it undermines a key promise of his candidacy: to boost home-made American jobs in growth sectors.
The world’s largest retailer recently announced Project Gigaton, arguably one of the most ambitious efforts to reduce climate pollution by any U.S. corporation.
With a Trump administration that is quick to punish (or reward) a company with a simple tweet, many businesses have kept a low profile. But in the long run, there is a much greater liability for companies that don’t make their voices heard in support of strong environmental safeguards.
When it comes to clean energy, China and America are heading in opposite directions.
Mars, Incorporated was the first major brand to speak out in favor of the Clean Power Plan and continued U.S. leadership on climate change, and others soon followed suit.
As President Trump charges through his first 100 days, there is a risky theme being pushed that a prosperous America comes with a choice between environmental protection and economic growth.
This concept is not only false, but dangerous and short si…
As car makers ought to know, a reversal of fuel efficiency is ill-advised for reasons that go beyond pollution. To remain competitive in a global market increasingly dominated by China, they must invest in cleaner-running cars, period.
Nobody raises an eyebrow when California takes steps to rein in air pollution – but what’s going on when conservative-leaning rust belt states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania are doing the same?
Blackrock’s announcement puts them in-line with other investors already doing good work on climate risk.
Smart rules—focused on results not process—-stimulate new ideas, create new markets and jobs, and raise living standards for all Americans.
The divide between red and blue states seems larger than ever before, which is why it’s encouraging to see there are still topics that can foster political convergence. Recently, I’ve seen a small beam of hope around energy economics.
Trump famously campaigned against the “rigged system.” But dismantling policies that prevent private companies from wasting American resources rigs the system in favor of industry and against taxpayers.
Earlier this month, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections. But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump.
As the economy becomes more sustainable and energy efficient, a new market for clean energy and sustainability jobs is created. This market is large, growing and intrinsically local.
By Namrita Kapur As President-elect Donald Trump puts together his fossil fuel-focused administration, the investment community is moving full speed in the opposite direction, instead putting their bets on emissions reductions and support for clean en…
I’ve served under many Republican EPA Administrators. Here’s why Scott Pruitt is wrong for this job.
On the eve of Senate confirmation hearings for Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, companies and associations that oppose pollution limits have been hoping for quick confirmation of a man who brags about being “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” But the tide may […]
General Mills, Starbucks, Walmart & Other Big Brands Want To Stay The Course On Climate. Here’s Why.
Photo by Mike Mozart By Tom Murray Corporate leadership is driven by long-term economics, not by short-term politics. This is why more than 365 businesses and investors recentlycalled onPresident-elect Donald Trump and other United States leaders to “strongly support” the continuation of low-carbon policies and U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement. These business […]
The Trump team may not yet realize that changing environmental rules is a long, arduous process open to legal challenges at every step of the way. And we’ve seen this movie before—past attempts to roll back bedrock environmental protections have failed in the face of widespread public opposition.
Pipeline in industrial district By Sean Wright A year ago, a hidden methane leak at SoCalGas’ Aliso Canyon facility drew global attention after ballooning into one of the largest environmental disasters in United States history. Over the course of three and half months, 109,000 metric tons of methane – a potent climate pollutant […]
Shutterstock By Liz Delaney It’s no secret that companies use goals to push their businesses in a positive direction. Whether it’s about creating more value or reducing impacts, goals provide focus, direction and a sense of urgency. Recently, a wave of corporate, climate-related goals, such as renewable energy and emissions-reductiontargets, have […]
By Ben Ratner Global attention on oil and gas methane emissions is taking off. The International Energy Agency has recognized that “the potential for natural gas to play a credible role in the transition to a decarbonized energy system fundamentally depends on minimizing these emissions.”North American heads of state recently […]
Shutterstock BySean Wright. In arecent blog post, I discussed three ways investors can have a positive impact on the environment. One of those levers is engagement, or using your influence with the companies you invest in to help ensure those co…
ByNatalie Peyronin Delta systems such as coastal Louisiana are beautiful and unique intersections of communities, ecosystems and industry.But the wide variety of interests in these areas can also lead to discord as we plan for the future of our often-…