Stories by Amy Harder

How California can meet its aggressive clean energy law

Energy efficiency and getting off oil-fueled cars are two of the most effective ways California could meet its ambitious new clean energy law, according to a new report.

Data: Energy Futures Initiative; Chart: Chris Canipe
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Renewable energy mandates are costly climate policies

Illustration of a piggy bank with leaves coming in one end and coins falling out from the bottom
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

One of the most popular climate-change policies in America — renewable energy mandates — is also expensive, a new study says.

Driving the news: Standards in roughly 30 states that require a portion of electricity to come from renewable sources, mostly wind and solar, are driving up power prices and imposing a high cost to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report out today by the University of Chicago.

America’s business lobby shifting on climate change

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is subtly shifting its position on climate change and growing vocal about the need to address it.

Driving the news: The chamber recently updated its website with new language, including a statement stronger than anything the group has said before: “Inaction is not an option.” The group last week also released what it dubbed an energy and climate agenda, focused on clean-energy innovation.