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New York Times:  The Age of Electric Cars Is Dawning Ahead of Schedule   by Jack Ewing, September 20, 2020

The Buffalo News:  As New York pushes green energy, localities bristle at loss of control – by Thomas J. Prohaska, September 5, 2020

Science Friday Book Club: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes review – Reviewed in Science Friday Website on January 10, 2020

Reader Supported News: How Iceland Is Undoing Carbon Emissions for Goodby Lowana Veal, BBC News, June 21, 2020

Reader Supported News: FOCUS: A Future Without Fossil Fuels? – by Bill McKibben, June 4, 2020

The Buffalo News: State’s top court wrestles with land seizure for National Fuel pipeline plan by Thomas J. Prohaska, June 4, 2020

New York Times: The Trump Administration Is Reversing 100 Environmental Rules. Here’s the Full List – by Nadja Popovich, Livia Albeck-Ripka and Kendra Pierre-Louis, May 20, 2020

The Washington Post: How Trump is rolling back Obama’s legacy – by Juliet Eilperin and Darla Cameron, May 16, 2020

Buffalo News: Citizens, states must fight against weakening of EPA by Gary Schulenberg, May 10, 2020

Buffalo News: New electric backhoe loader for public utilities has WNY ties –  by Jonathan D. Epstein, March 11, 2020

Atlantic Chapter Newsletter: High-rise Passive House in NYC | Atlantic Chapter–  by Lisa DiCaprio, Conservation Chair Sierra Club, NYC Group, January 22, 2020

Sierra Club: In California, Gas Is the New Coal | Sierra Club – by James Steinbrauer, January 22, 2020

Buffalo News: Loss of Clarence wetlands impacts future generations by Jay Wopperer, December 20, 2019

Observer Today: Speaker says offshore wind a clean option – November, 2019

Clean Technical’s:   It’s Official: Wind Power Is Catching Up To Natural Gas  – by Tina Casey, August 19, 2019

Reader Supported Network: Could Renewable Natural Gas Be the Next Big Thing in Green Energy?- by Jonathan Mingle, Yale Environment 360  July 28, 2019

The New York Review of Books:  A Future Without Fossil Fuels? by Bill McKibben,  Editorial, March 24, 2019

Sun Sentinel: Sea-level rise is not a worry for just those who live on the waterfront – Editorial, February 1, 2019

Sun Sentinel: FPL plans to add 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030 – by Marcia Heroux Pounds, January 17, 2019

Buffalo News: Attack on the sierra club by supervisor is unjustified  –  by Dennis Seekins, January 9, 2019

Buffalo News: Our reliance on cars accelerates global warmingby Elizabeth Giles,  January 2, 2019

Buffalo News: Lighthouse Wind Project is a gift to the community by Dick Fisk,  December 31, 2018

Buffalo News: Tesla out of Tonawanda solar farm; Solar Liberty set to take over by  Stephen T. Watson,  December 16, 2018

Buffalo News:  Energy policies can be pro-business, pro-environment   by Roger Downs,  November 30, 2018

Buffalo News: Landowners beat National Fuel in court to preserve piece of paradise by P.J. Pignataro,  November 26,2018

Buffalo News: McMurray tries to beat long odds with candor, openness and vision – by Jerry Zremski, October 31, 2018

Buffalo News: Solar developer leased land it needs for Niagara County project  – by Thomas J. Prohaska, October 4, 2018

New York Times:  Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid  by Ian Penn, September 26, 2018

New York Times:  G.E. Steps Into Europes Offshore Wind Market by Stanley Reed, September 21, 2018

New York Times: The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery- by Ivan Penn, September 21, 2018

Buffalo News: No end in sight for Somerset wind power battle  by Thomas Prohaska, September 21, 2018 Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles overcomes major hurdle – by Stanford University, September 14, 2018

Buffalo News Opinion: Collecting carbon fees might cut down on disasters– by Staff Writer, September 7, 2018

Buffalo News:  Politics needs people who get into it for the right reasons, by Heather A. Hartel, August 17, 2018

New York Times:   E.P.A. Drafts Rule on Coal Plants to Replace Clean Power Plan by  Lisa Friedman, Brad Plumer, July, 05, 2018

Buffalo News: Owners of coal-fired Somerset power plant seek more tax breaks   by Thomas Prohaska, June 13, 2018

New York Times:  Free Power From Freeways? China Is Testing Roads Paved With Solar Panels – by Keith Bradsher, June 11, 2018

New York Times: A Year After Trumps Paris Pullout, U.S. Companies Are Driving a Renewables Boom –  by Brad Plumer, June 1, 2018

New York Times:   Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S. – by Stanley Reed and Ivan Penn, May 23, 2018

Buffalo News:   Wind farms are the way to go for a clean energy future – by David Olejniczak, April 27, 2018

Buffalo News:  Another Voice: Misguided bill undermines Defense Department, wind energy industry by Jon Powers, April 26, 2018

Buffalo News:  Another Voice: An insecticide threatens the next silent spring– by Laurel Hopwood, April 1, 2018 Victory: Constitution Pipeline Request Denied by FERC – by Earthjustice, January 13, 2018     
Buffalo News: Somerset passes tougher anti-wind turbine laws – by Thomas J. Prohoska, January 30, 2018 
New York Times: Rethinking Electric Power, Prompted by Politics and Disaster – by Kirk Johnson, December 11, 2017      
Bloomberg:  Solar Grew Faster Than All Other Forms of Power for the First Time – by Anna Hirtenstein, October 4, 2017

Buffalo News, The News In Brief: Grand Island board approves solar generation power plant, by Nancy A. Fischer June 23, 2017

Buffalo News Letter:  Path to clean energy will not be reversed, by Pat Townsend, June 16, 2017

RSN (Reader Supported News):   Historic Win in Colorado Fracking Lawsuit, by Our Children’s Trust, March 25, 2017

Buffalo News:  Robinson: New York looks at a new way to value solar power, by David Robinson, March 17, 2017

New York Times, Wind power surpasses hydroelectric in a crucial measure, by Diane Cardwell, February 9, 2017

Buffalo News: Solar industry hiring stalls in New York, by David Robinson, February 7, 2017

Buffalo News: Tonawanda looks to tighten wind energy and cell tower regulations, by  Nancy Fischer, February 2, 2017

Buffalo News: Williamsville to track energy use in municipal buildings, by Joseph Papiolkowski, February 1, 2017

Buffalo News: Germany shows we can transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, by Richard Lipsitz and Rebecca Newberry, February 2, 2017

Buffalo News: Tesla motors gets a new name,  by David Robinson, February 1, 2017

Buffalo News:   Fossil fuel pipeline projects are misguided and dangerous, by Agnes Williams and Victoria Ross, January 30, 2017

New York Times:  Tesla gives the California power grid a battery boost, by Diane Cardwell, January 30, 2017

New York Times: Americas heartland discussing climate change without saying climate change, by Hiroko Tabushi, January 28, 2017

Buffalo News: Company wants to build 18 acre solar farm on Grand Island, By  Nancy Fischer, January 24, 2017

New York Times:  Off Long Island wind power tests the waters, Diane Cardwell, January 21, 2017

New York Times:  As U.S. cedes leadership on climate others step up at Davos,  Hiroko Tabuchi, January 21, 2017

Buffalo News:  Plans for zero net energy building in Lackawanna advance, By David Robinson, December 22, 2016

Buffalo News: Collins should work for us not the rich and powerful, By Peter Ewing, December 14, 2016

Buffalo News: Northern access pipeline could endanger water supply for thousands, By Lia Oprea and Ronald Fraser, December 14, 2016

Buffalo News: Winds of discontent blow over Lake Ontario towns eyed for turbines, By Derek Gee, November 27, 2016

Buffalo News: Price of Teslas solar shingles may not be through the roof, By David Robinson, November 18, 2016

Renewable Energy World: Bicycle friendly Amsterdam aims for clean transport smarter buildings and a circular economy, By John J. Berger, November 17, 2016

Buffalo News: Solar City Tesla merger solidifies Riverbend, By David Robinson, November 17, 2016

Renewable Energy World: Americans are optimistic but not quite right, By Andy Beck, November 15, 2016

Washington Post: Trump victory reverses US energy and environmental priorities, By Steve Mufson and Brady Dennis, November 9, 2016

National Geographic: Animals eat ocean plastic because it smells like food, By Laura Parker, November 9, 2016

Buffalo News: Trumps election could affect Solar City, By David Robinson, November 9, 2016

New York Times: Big oil slowly adapts to a warming world, By Clifford Krauss, November 7, 2016

Observer Today:  Arkwright wind tower project nears, November 6, 2016

Buffalo News: Wind power developer sues Somerset over project delay, By Thomas Prohaska, November 4, 2016

Readers Supported News: Worlds first zero emissions hydrogen train unveiled in Germany, By Lorraine Chow, November 3, 2016 

Bloomberg: Millions in cash burned on one war over rooftop solar panels, By Mark Chediak and James Nash, November 2, 2016

Buffalo News: New solar roof a high stakes gamble for Tesla Solar City venture, By David Robinson October 29, 2016

Buffalo News:  Air Force officer debunks claim that wind turbines endanger Niagara Falls base, October 29, 2016

New York Times: Vermont wind project needs support so company offers to pay voters, October 15, 2016

New York Times: Emerging climate accord could push ac out of sweltering Indias reach, October 15, 2016

Palm Beach Post: Florida voters to decide utility – backed solar energy amendment By Susan Salisbury, October 15, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion: Letter: A Trump presidency will hurt environment – By Mark LeCroix, September 28, 2016

Buffalo News Business Section: The latest thing in clean energy: turning heavy traffic into clean energy on the peace bridge – By David Robinson, September 26, 2016 

New York Times Business Section:  A new debate over pricing the risks of climate change – By Hiroko Tabucchi and Clifford Kraus, September 26, 2016

Buffalo News Business Section: Musk to unveil solar city roofing product next month By David Robinson, September 23, 2016 

Take Part Editorial: The tide is turning for a new source of green energy – By Taylor Hill, Digital Media, September 1, 2016

Reader Supported News: Top 5 Green Energy Good News Stories Today – by Juan Cole, July 3, 2016

Los Angeles Times: Why California Is Lagging Behind the Rest of the Country When It Comes to Offshore Wind Farms – by Rob Nikolewski,  July 4, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion: Letter: It is never too late to learn all about climate change By Rabbi Judy Weiss Volunteer Member Citizens Climate Lobby Co-Leader, Boston Chapter, June 7, 2016

Sun Journal Editorial: Don’t be shortsighted on renewable energy –  June 2, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion: Letter: Opposing wind energy is not a sensible stance By Matt Clabeaux, April 8, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion: Letter: Candidates must address realities of climate change By John S. Szalasny, February 14, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion:  Burning of fossil fuels is heating up our planet By David Kowalski, February 12, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion: State is on the right track in pursuing clean energy By Ellen C. Banks, February 6, 2016

Buffalo News Another Voice: Failure to reduce our use of oil is a selfish act By David Baker, February 4, 2016

Buffalo News Opinion: Join Niagara Square rally to address climate change By Richard Steinberg, September 22, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion: We need to embrace clean energy sources By Bill Nowak, September 20, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion: Turbines won’t destroy life along Lake Ontario By Larry Beahan, September 20, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion:  Pope is exactly right on environmental point By Lucille Gervase, August 4, 2015

Buffalo News Another Voice: We should heed counsel of the pope By Judy Fitzgerald, July 28, 2015

Buffalo News Nature Watch: We must take seriously the threat of global warming  by Gerry Rising, July 19, 2015

Buffalo News Another Voice:  Pope Francis puts his weight behind a call for swift action on climate change By Robert M. Ciesielski, chairman of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter’s Energy Committee, July 20, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: Let’s pay attention to pope’s wise words By Mary Herbst, July 4, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: We need to take care of global community By Sister M. Jean Sliwinski, July 4, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: World should embrace Pope Francis’ message By Mary O’Herron, July 3, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: Let’s heed pope’s call and protect our planet  By Ann Craven, July 1, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter:  Pope’s message on climate justice is encouraging but incomplete  By Jim Mang, June 29, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: It is important to talk about the pope’s message By Roger Cook, June 28, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: Pope’s encyclical on environment deserves plaudits, more coverage  By Neil A. Walkowski, June 27, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: Try reading the encyclical before passing judgment  By Sister Sharon Goodremote, FSSJ, June 26, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: Pope’s message inspires us to make the world better By Sister Eileen O’Connor, June 25, 2015

Buffalo News Opinion Letter: Pope’s message can influence us to do better in small ways By Daniel Cimino, June 24, 2015

Buffalo News Another Voice: Pope’s encyclical resonates with people of other faith By Patricia K. Townsend, June 21, 2015

Pope Francis, in sweeping encyclical, calls for swift action on climate change By Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein – NEW YORK TIMES Published in Buffalo News World and Nation, June 18, 2015

The Buffalo News Opinion

Letter: Although it’s cold here, planet is still warming  March 1, 2015

The front-page illustration titled “The big chill” in The News on Feb. 20 was an eye-catching reminder of the extremely cold temperatures we experienced at the beginning of 2015. January’s high temperatures of all but seven of the days were below the long-term average, as were all but two of the 20 days in February thus far.

Some may interpret such extended cold spells as evidence against global warming. However, that view is incorrect.

Global warming is assessed by measuring temperatures at numerous locations on land around the world as well as in the oceans that make up more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface. Measurements are made over time and the global average temperature is determined.

The Buffalo area comprises only a tiny fraction of the surface of the globe, and so local temperatures make only a small contribution to the global average temperature.

Despite the local “big chill,” the planet continued to warm in January. In fact, the global average temperature was the second-highest since records began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This finding follows in the wake of 2014 as the hottest year on record and the 38th consecutive year of above-average global temperatures.

NOAA displayed its global analysis of January temperatures on a world map showing that the New York State region, including Buffalo, was “cooler than average.” In contrast, however, the Western United States and even parts of Alaska showed above-average warming, as did most other regions on land and in oceans around the globe.

NOAA’s map can be viewed at

David Kowalski,  Snyder