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Category: Climate and Clean Energy

New EPA Rules Put the United States on the Road to Decarbonized Transportation

Since 1970, April 22 has been known as Earth Day. This annual event, initially a call to clean up a polluted environment, is now focused on the existential threat to humankind: climate change.

Heising-Simons Foundation Grantees Awarded MacKenzie Scott Large Grants

Several grantees of the Heising-Simons Foundation have been awarded unrestricted grants in the $1-2 million range for “outstanding work advancing the voices and opportunities of individuals and families of meager or modest means, and groups who have met with discrimination and other systemic obstacles,” Yield Giving announced this week. Our grantees join a total pool …

Environmental Defense Fund’s MethaneSAT Successfully Launches

MethaneSAT, a new satellite that will find and measure methane emissions with unparalleled precision – including emissions that other satellites simply can’t see – successfully launched from Vanderberg Space Force Base on March 4, 2024, with the aid of SpaceX. MethaneSAT is funded by Climate and Clean Energy grantee Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). Heising-Simons Foundation Board …

MethaneSAT: Q&A With Board Member Mark Heising

MethaneSAT, a new satellite funded by Climate and Clean Energy grantee Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), launched from Vanderberg Space Force Base on March 4, 2024. MethaneSAT will find and measure methane emissions with unparalleled precision. Heising-Simons Foundation Board member Mark Heising serves as Chair of the Board of EDF and sits on the steering committee …

Why Using Natural Gas for Energy is an Obstacle to Climate Progress

In our fight to avert a climate catastrophe, we must phase out every use of fossil fuels that significantly contributes to global warming pollution. While coal consumption in the United States is on its way out and more people are turning to electric vehicles, natural gas has remained stubbornly persistent. Approximately one-third of the country’s primary energy needs are supplied by natural gas, with most of that going to generating electricity, heating homes and buildings, and acting as a feedstock for industrial purposes.

Roland Hwang’s Op-Ed: Don’t Let Big Oil Stop Clean Transportation

As more people turn to electric vehicles, the oil industry is using political power and disinformation to delay a shift to clean transportation.

A Year After Inflation Reduction Act Passage, Race to Accelerate Clean Energy Is On

There are reasons for both grave concern and optimism in our fight to avoid a climate catastrophe. While each day brings news of the rapidly worsening impacts of climate change, I have hope at the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the most consequential climate law in U.S. history.

Heising-Simons Foundation Awarded Climate Registered™ Gold Status

The Heising-Simons Foundation has been awarded Climate Registered™ Gold Status by The Climate Registry, North America’s largest voluntary registry for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Earth Day 2023: Time to Finish the Job

The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States 53 years ago, in 1970, during a seminal moment in our country’s environmental history. In a relatively short span of time, Congress took action to establish bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, and the National Environmental Protection Act. We still rely upon these laws today to help protect the health of people and the planet.