Last week, New Jersey filed a lawsuit in state court seeking to hold major fossil fuel companies accountable for causing climate change. The suit alleges that the oil giants are liable for damages to the state caused by global warming, and that they committed fraud by failing to warn the public about the dangers of unchecked carbon emissions.
The City of San Francisco approved a bill last week making it legal to build four units of housing on any residential lot in the city and up to six units on corner lots. Much of the 47-square-mile city is zoned for single-family housing, which “makes it easier to flip existing housing into monster homes than to build small apartment buildings for regular working people.”
The U.S. DOE unveiled a major investment in renewable energy generated by ocean tides and river currents. In 2014, a pilot project in New York state became the world’s first array of tidal turbines to connect to the electrical grid, and developers hope to eventually expand it to 1 megawatt of capacity. Similar projects are underway in Maine and Alaska.