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April 17, 2015

Decarbonizing America's Energy System - Alison Cassady, CAP

The United States is in the midst of an energy transition in which cheap natural gas is displacing coal as the go-to fuel choice for electricity generation. While this trend has he...

April 17, 2015

The Annual Energy Outlook 2015 - Energy Information Administration

Projections in the Annual Energy Outlook 2015 (AEO2015) focus on the factors expected to shape U.S. energy markets through 2040. The projections provide a basis for exami...

April 14, 2015

Md. May Ban Fracking for 2 Years -

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April 13, 2015

Wind Power Costs More Than You Think - Randy Simmons, Conversation

As consumers, we pay for electricity twice: once through our monthly electricity bill and a second time through taxes that finance massive subsidies for inefficient wind and other ...

April 9, 2015

Clean Energy Is Ahead of Schedule - Noah Smith, Bloomberg View

The most important piece of news on the energy front isn't the plunge in oil prices, but the progress that is being made in battery technology. A new study in Nature Clim...

April 8, 2015

Does Mass Transit Reduce Carbon Emissions? - Bobby Magill, Quartz

There’s no way to drive around it: Commuting to work behind the steering wheel emits carbon dioxide and contributes to climate change....

April 7, 2015

Big Oil's Crude-by-Rail Push - Franz Matzner, NRDC

Over the last few days, we've seen a series of grassroots victories that prove we're not stuck with Big Oil's plan to foist dangerous fossil fuel infrastructure on communities acro...

April 6, 2015

The Arctic Comes In From the Cold - Gary V. Litman, Chamber of Commerce

With the world awash in petroleum, and a barrel of crude selling for less than $50 a barrel, interest in Arctic oil and gas reserves would seem to be as remote as the region itself...

April 6, 2015

California's Wealthy Cities Aren't Conserving Water - Shyong et al., LAT

There are few signs of California’s epic drought along a stretch of Maple Drive in Beverly Hills....

April 4, 2015

Five Years After a Coal Mine Disaster - Mason Adams, Grist

It was mid-afternoon on the Monday after Easter, April 5, 2010, when a 1,000-foot longwall shearer, a massive piece of industrial coal-mining equipment, bit into sandstone, kicking...

April 1, 2015

The Looming Energy Storage Shortage - Mary Lyman, NAPTP

As a historic energy revolution continues to unfold in the United States, it is increasingly clear that our outdated and insufficient infrastructure may hold us back from fully cap...

March 31, 2015

Carbon Pollution: A Bottom-Up Approach - Derrick Freeman, PPI

With last year’s landmark U.S.-China agreement on climate change, the Obama administration has raised the bar for America when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (...

March 31, 2015

Climate Change: The Anthropocene Myth - Andreas Malm, Jacobin

Last year was the hottest year ever recorded. And yet, the latest figures show that in 2013 the source that provided the most new energy to the world economy wasn’t solar, wi...

March 30, 2015

Solar Energy: A Buyer's Guide - Sheri Givens, RealClearPolicy

In 2014, the solar industry installed 40 percent more physical generation sources than it had in the previous year. Today, in many states, consumers are producing their own energy ...

March 28, 2015

Are Cars Meeting Emissions Standards? - EPA & NHTSA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) jointly established a National Program consisting of standards for light-du...

March 27, 2015

A Private Solution to Energy Efficiency - Meyer & Verkhivker, RCEnergy

For all the resources our federal government has provided to help Americans make wiser energy decisions, most Americans do not use the EPA’s many certifications, online tools...

March 26, 2015

Renewables: The New Kids in Town - Gregor Macdonald, TPM

This is the first in a five part series on the ascent of renewable energy sources. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will address the changing energy mix in the US as s...

March 25, 2015

The Sun Is Rising on Solar Panels - Froma Harrop, Creators

On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing....

March 25, 2015

So Roundup 'Probably' Causes Cancer - Nathanael Johnson, Grist

If your circle of friends and acquaintances is anything like mine, you’ve already heard by now that the World Health Organization just classified glyphosate — ...

March 23, 2015

Time for Real Competition in Solar Markets - Lori Sanders, R Street

Fights are playing out across the states as regulators try to navigate the introduction of rooftop solar into energy markets....

March 23, 2015

FAQ: The End of Coal? - Staff, The Week

What's wrong with coal?It's by far the dirtiest fuel source. Burning coal not only fills the air with soot and toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury but also produces roughly...

March 21, 2015

Obama's Climate Plan Is Constitutional - Freeman & Lazarus, Harvard Law

Noted constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe ’66 has made headlines with his Congressional testimony that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Pow...

March 19, 2015

How Power Plants Can Reduce Emissions - Dylan Sullivan, NRDC

When the EPA proposed carbon pollution targets for fossil fuel-fired power plants underthe Clean Power Plan last summer, the agency recognized that energy efficiency is a powe...

March 19, 2015

Utilities Experience Competition, Don't Like It - David Roberts, Grist

Power utilities are fleeing open competition and seeking security in the sweet, protective bosom of Big Government. You can see this in two concurrent trends....

March 17, 2015

Are BPA Substitutes Any Better? - Rochester & Bolden, EHP

Increasing concern over bisphenol A (BPA) as an endocrine disrupting chemical and its possible effects on human health have prompted the removal of BPA from consumer products, ofte...

March 16, 2015

Fossil Fuels Will Save the World - Matt Ridley, Wall Street Journal

The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of en...

March 6, 2015

Markets and the Green Transition - Fred Block, American Prospect

March 3, 2015

Should Motor Fuel Be 15 Percent Ethanol? - Ken Cohen, ExxonMobile

Should Washington force refiners like ExxonMobil to blend 15 percent ethanol – aka E15 – into the motor fuel supply? (Current policy essentially limits it to 10 percent...

February 24, 2015

Obama's Climate Change Wonk - Erica Martinson, Politico

President Barack Obama’s plan to combat greenhouse gases is entering its final lap, and now, with White House climate change hawk John Podesta gone, the baton has been handed...

February 24, 2015

Atlantic Surging, Virginia Sinking - Nathalie Baptiste, American Prospect

Standing at the Elizabeth River looking at the Naval Shipyard and neighboring Portsmouth, the climate change carnage looming over Norfolk, Virginia, may not be immediately noticeab...

February 19, 2015

Obama's Climate Agenda, State by State - Dayaratna et al., Heritage

Building on an earlier study of the economic impact of Obama Administration climate policies, this study breaks down the employment impacts of new regulations by state and congress...

February 17, 2015

Federal Foot-Dragging on Clean Fuels - Steven J. Levy, N. Biodiesel Board

In a room full of energy investors on Wall Street, Vice President Joe Biden recently said: "I'm no investment banker, but I wouldn't go long on investments that lead to more carbon...

February 17, 2015

One of the Warmest Winters on Record - Doyle Rice, USA Today

February 16, 2015

The White House Walks Away From Clean Coal - Snyder et al., Bloomberg

On the banks of the Illinois River, about 60 miles west of the state capital in Springfield, an old coal-fired power plant sits waiting for its future to arrive. First opened in 1...

February 16, 2015

Cutting Carbon Pollution and Protecting the Grid - John Moore, NRDC

States can meet or exceed the proposed limits on dangerous carbon pollution from power plants while preserving the reliability of the electricity flowing to our homes and businesse...

February 14, 2015

Manipulating the Climate - Thomas M. Kostigen, USA Today

A controversial report this week put geoengineering — artificial techniques that change the climate — squarely in news headlines, a place where climate change ought to ...

February 13, 2015

Restoring the Gulf Coast With Local Control - Cameron Smith, RCPolicy

For many on the Gulf Coast, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill seems like it was yesterday. Many might be surprised that almost five years have gone by since that tragic acc...

February 13, 2015

Filling the Solar Sinkhole - Taxpayers Protection Alliance

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) today published the first in a series of "Solar Spotlight" issue briefs, as part of a national campaign to educate Americans about...

February 12, 2015

Is Mercury Exposure Making Us Dumber? - Patrick Michaels, The Hill

This year, the Supreme Court is going to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s outrageous rules for mercury emissions from power plants, and hopefully SCOTUS will see thro...

February 10, 2015

The Scorching of California - Victor Davis Hanson, City Journal

In mid-December, the first large storms in three years drenched California. No one knows whether the rain and snow will continue—only that it must last for weeks if a record thre...

February 9, 2015

Factories Are Polluting Far Less - Brad Plumer, Vox

Here's an environmental story not many people know about. Between 1990 and 2008, US manufacturing output grew by one-third.* Yet pollution from US factories fell by about two-third...

February 9, 2015

Death of a 'Clean Coal' Project - Chris Mooney, Washington Post

It was a glittering gem for “Clean Coal” proponents — a coal plant that, advocates said, would have “near-zero emissions” thanks to a plan t...

February 6, 2015

EPA on Keystone: Ideology Trumps Analysis - Benjamin Zycher, AEI

The recent EPA comment on the State Department analysis of the Keystone XL pipeline is nonsense, arguing that the pipeline would increase global greenhouse gas emissions. In realit...

February 5, 2015

Obama: Burying U.S. Oil While Praising It - Lee Lane, RealClearEnergy

Mr. Obama, in his State of the Union speech, boasted about the dramatic surge in U.S. crude oil output—although it was achieved less by the President than in spite of him. Ye...

April 14, 2015

U.S. to Become Net Gas Exporter

June 14, 2013

Reports: Obama Climate Plan Rollout May Come in July

June 12, 2013

White House Pilots Climate Strategy With Congressional Dems

June 12, 2013

US Emissions Fall to '90s Levels

June 10, 2013

Report: Record CO2 Emissions; Too High for Climate Goals

June 6, 2013

EPA to Issue Ethanol Use Targets

June 6, 2013

Obama Officials Raise 'Social Cost' of Carbon in Federal Regulations

June 4, 2013

Billionaire Activist Targets Obama Supporters in Anti-Keystone Effort

June 1, 2013

Rand Paul Preaches Sustainability

June 1, 2013

Green Groups to Obama: Designate Lands to Stop Drilling

May 30, 2013

Obama: No Patience for Climate Change Skeptics

May 29, 2013


May 29, 2013

Former EPA Chief Lisa Jackson Taking a Job at Apple