Arizona finds itself immobile in the face of proposed new EPA rules aimed at reducing carbon emissions because of legislation passed in 2010 that bars agencies from implementing regulations that target greenhouse gasses.Read More »
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The Earth’s climate is getting warmer, and humans are partly responsible. That’s not my opinion, that’s a fact supported by more than 97 percent of climate scientists. The outcome over the next 50 years and beyond could include massive heat waves, prolonged drought, extreme weather and the mass extinction of species.Read More »
Arizona already boasts of an aggressive renewable energy system and has one of the country’s most stringent energy efficiency programs. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop the Obama administration from dropping a bombshell on the state.Read More »
A week full of new Environmental Protection Agency rules and environmental hearings in Arizona provided a campaign talking point for conservative candidates and a golden opportunity for others to appeal to the base of Arizona’s dominant political party.Read More »
Arizona reached some unsettling milestones recently. The state just passed into 16 years of drought. Last year we witnessed the deadliest wildfire in Arizona history, and also produced the hottest summer on record for the city of Phoenix.Read More »
Like a toddler with a water hose, the monsoon brings the rain in bursts, unevenly spraying but never quite quenching Arizona’s dry earth.
Often, the season’s thunderstorms unleash an apocalyptic scene — a wall of dust, with its tinge of yellow and red against the setting sun, rushing to swallow the Valley whole and enveloping its homes with its unwelcome sandy mist. Free from crippling polar vortexes or earthquakes, the sandstorms are nature’s reminder to Arizona of its sweeping powers.
The U.S. Department of Education says Arizona is a high-risk state for failing to meet various Elementary and Secondary Education Act flexibility requirements.Read More »
Hours before energy regulators approved a small surcharge on residential solar this month, the head of a little-known consumer advocacy group played wingman to the solar industry’s lawyer.Read More »
Negotiators quietly forged 11th-hour net metering compromise
As it turned out, Arizona’s battle over solar net metering wasn’t what it seemed.
If generally accepted predictions of global warming come to pass, Arizona’s transportation system will have to adapt due to stronger dust storms, snowfall, flooding, forest fires and other factors, experts say.Read More »