As global civil society calls for a renewable energy revolution, the U.S. Congress is considering an African energy initiative that leaves the door wide open to fossil fuels.
Institutions are starting to recognize that fossil fuels are part of a bygone era - and that the time to invest in clean energy alternatives is now.
If the World Bank were serious about bringing energy access to the poor, it would dedicate the majority of its lending to do so.
As negotiations at the annual UN climate summit enter their final days, three participants weigh in on what's hot - and what's not - at COP19.
Coal is a bad investment - for the poorest, for those consuming the power, for the World Bank, and more broadly, for all of us.
Hopefully, this is the dawn of a new day, when public financing of coal mines and power plants around the world is no longer acceptable. After 16 years of persistent pressure from IPS and other groups, our government seems to finally be listening.
But fracked gas releases greater greenhouse gas emissions than coal, studies suggest.
The World Bank is phasing out of coal and ramping up support for "fracked" natural gas, even though research suggests that climate impacts of fracking may be even worse than coal.
Obama is finally showing us he is willing to fight - on coal, on tar sands, and on climate. His apparent willingness to challenge the climate impacts of coal and tar sands - after years of silence on both topics - is cause for some celebration.
A new movement is putting pressure on people and institutions to dump their investments in dirty energy companies.