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August 3, 2015

Energy: The Path Forward - Steven F. Hayward, Conservative Reform

Conservatives shouldn’t have to apologize for responding with squeamishness to the apocalypticism that frequently accompanies the environmental movement. Conservatives, howev...

August 1, 2015

Clean Power Plan: Why the Resistance? - Elliott Negin, UCS

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce what may be the Obama administration's most far-reaching climate change initiative: its final rule for cleani...

August 1, 2015

Low-Carbon Electricity Pathways - Marilyn Brown et al., Georgia Tech

Since the release of the Clean Power Plan (CPP), stakeholders across the U.S. have vigorously debated the pros and cons of different options for reducing CO2 emissions from ex...

July 31, 2015

A Rainforest Goes Up in Flames - Subhankar Banerjee, The Nation

The wettest rainforest in the continental United States had gone up in flames and the smoke was so thick, so blanketing, that you could see it miles away. Deep in Washington’...

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July 29, 2015

When Cities Make Environmental Policy - Aaron M. Renn, City Journal

When President Obama recently approved Shell’s request to drill in the Arctic, anti-fossil-fuel activists lobbied the Port of Seattle to deny docking rights to the ...

July 24, 2015

Drivers of CO2 Emissions, '97-'13 - Feng et al., Nature Communications

Fossil fuel CO2 emissions in the United States decreased by ~11% between 2007 and 2013, from 6,023 to 5,377 Mt. This decline has been widely attributed to a shift ...

July 23, 2015

After the Coal Plant Closes - Christopher Flavelle, Bloomberg View

Roger Titchenell, mayor of Albright, West Virginia, a coal-plant town that lost its coal plant, isn't angry at the Environmental Protection Agency. He's not mad at FirstEnergy Corp...

July 21, 2015

The Highest Polluting Utilities - M.J. Bradley & Associates

The 2015 Benchmarking report is the eleventh collaborative effort highlighting environmental performance and progress in the nation’s electric power sector. The Benchmarking ...

July 18, 2015

Ice Sheets in the West Antarctic - Fisher et al., Science Advances

The geothermal heat flux is a critical thermal boundary condition that influences the melting, flow, and mass balance of ice sheets, but measurements of this parameter are difficul...

July 16, 2015

Cutting CO2 Without Cutting Growth - John Light, Grist

Even as America’s economy started to rebound from the recession between 2008 and 2013, climate change–causing power plant emissions in the majority of American states d...

July 15, 2015

Closing the Emissions Gap - Han Chen, NRDC

As countries announce their climate pledges ahead of the negotiations in Paris this December, many people are wondering whether the pledges are enough to keep global warming to und...

July 13, 2015

What We Know About Fracking - Ken Cohen, ExxonMobile

Some critics like to say too little is known about the practice of hydraulic fracturing for society to permit its use. The truth is that most government officials at the federal an...

July 13, 2015

Earmarking Away the Public Interest - Thomas McGarity et al., CPR

The past few years have seen the U.S. system of regulatory safeguards come under increasingly intense attacks from the business community and their conservative allies in Congress....

July 9, 2015

The Coming Green Bubble - Taxpayers Protection Alliance

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) released a brand new reportabout the heavily-subsidized solar industry titled, From Washington to Wall Street: How Government...

July 2, 2015

The True Cost of Electricity - Thomas F. Stacy & George S. Taylor, IER

Today, the Institute for Energy Research released a first-of-its-kind study calculating the levelized cost of electricity from existing generation sources. Our study...

June 30, 2015

The New Politics of Oil Abundance - Lee Lane, National Affairs

The oil-price shocks of the 1970s and '80s marked the dawn of the modern era of United States energy policy. Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter all responded to those shocks by lau...

June 30, 2015

Great Day for Coal? Not Exactly - Michael Grunwald, Politico

It won’t get as much attention as today's perplexing Supreme Court decision blocking mercury limits for coal-fired power plants, but the government quietlyrevealed last ...

June 30, 2015

Nature as Capital - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The central challenge of the 21st century is to develop economic, social, and governance systems capable of ending poverty and achieving sustainable levels of population and consum...

June 27, 2015

Why Are Gov't Energy Forecasts So Bad? - Michael Grunwald, Politico

In 2009, the federal government’s Energy Information Administration made a forecast for the next two decades: U.S. wind power would grow modestly, reaching 44 gigawatts of ge...

June 25, 2015

The Clean Power Plan and States' Rights - Rivkin et al., Federalist Society

Congress’s statement of policy in the Clean Air Act that “air pollution control at its source is the primary responsibility of States and local governments” is no...

June 25, 2015

Climate Change: Benefits of Global Action - EPA

From this page, you can download a PDF version of the complete report,Climate Change in the United States: Benefits of Global Action. You can also download sections of th...

June 22, 2015

Sixth Mass Extinction Already Underway? - Katharine Lackey, USA Today

The Earth's sixth mass extinction is already underway — and humans are the driving force behind it, according to a new study....

June 13, 2015

Obama's Environmental Non-Power Grab - Stuart Shapiro, Conversation

It's a big few weeks at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA issued a regulation clarifying its authority to regulate bodies of water throughout the country. Thi...

June 9, 2015

Phasing Out Fossil Fuels by 2100 - John Light, Grist

The global economy must be completely fossil fuel–free by the end of the century. That point of climate consensus came out of a meeting today between the U.S., the U.K., Cana...

June 6, 2015

Why Big Oil Wants a Price on Carbon - David Roberts, Vox

Last Friday, in a letter to the leaders of the upcoming international climate talks in Paris, six of Europe's biggest oil and gas companies formally requested an international...

June 2, 2015

A Tar Sands Facility on the Hudson River? - Joshua Axelrod, NRDC

In a stunning and laudable reversal, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has required Global Partners' Port of Albany air permit application to undergo a ...

June 2, 2015

Let Motorcycles Ride Between Cars - Alex Davies, Wired

EVERY CALIFORNIA DRIVER’S seen it: While you’re sitting in your car on the freeway, creeping through traffic, one motorcyclist after another zips by, riding betwee...

May 30, 2015

Cutting Carbon, Promoting Growth - Alexander-Kearns & Cassady, CAP

Recent experiences in the United States and abroad call into question the conventional wisdom that a country’s economy and its carbon dioxide emissions are coupled—that...

May 29, 2015

The Case for Taxing Bottled Water - Laura Bliss, CityLab

Five years ago, it seemed unimaginable that a tax on plastic bags would spread from socially conscious San Francisco to cities including Los Angeles, Dallas, and Washington D.C. Bu...

May 29, 2015

Obama's Modest Clean Power Plan - Jonathan Chait, New York

Kentucky really, really dislikes the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which requires every state to limit its power-plant emissions. The state has a law pro...

May 28, 2015

State Agencies on the Clean Power Plan - Wallach & Kramer, Brookings

At first glance, the politics around the rule are quite intuitive: Democrats (excluding those from coal states) are for it, Republicans are staunchly against it. But a new report f...

May 26, 2015

Does Obama Support Renewable Fuels? - Joe Jobe, N. Biodiesel Board

After more than two years of delays, the EPA announced recently that it will soon set revised standards determining how much renewable fuel is blended into our gasoline and diesel ...

May 26, 2015

Impacts of the Clean Power Plan - Energy Information Administration

This report responds to an August 2014 request to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) from Representative Lamar Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Co...

May 22, 2015

Saving the Bees vs. Pork Barrel Spending - Angela Logomasini, CEI

The Obama administration has finally released its "National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators." It's the federal government's answer to all the hyp...

May 20, 2015

Rising Resistance to the Clean Power Plan - Thomas K. Lindsay, RCPolicy

Those alarmed over growing federal encroachment on the states and their citizens found a plethora of reasons to condemn Chief Justice John Roberts's 2012 opinion upholding Obamacar...

May 20, 2015

A Privatized River Runs Through It - Kate Whittle, In These Times

Missoula, Montana, the scenic mountain town that inspired A River Runs Through It, is fighting for control of the aquifer beneath it. Citing eminent domain, Missoula sued...

May 16, 2015

The Impact of Fracked Natural Gas - Hausman & Kellogg, VoxEU

The economic and environmental impacts of the US fracking boom are hotly debated. This column argues that there’s been a large positive impact on the US economy, estimating t...

May 16, 2015

With Nuclear, Coal Could Be Gone in 25 Years - Ross Pomeroy, RCScience

Fossil fuel electricity could be replaced with nuclear power in just 25 years, cutting worldwide human carbon emissions by half, a new analysis published to PLoS ONE...

May 15, 2015

A Bipartisan Approach to Energy - Derrick Freeman, RealClearPolicy

The infrastructure debate in Washington usually centers on planes, trains, and automobiles. However, President Obama recently highlighted America's other great infrastructure chall...

May 13, 2015

A Strong Clean Power Plan Will Save Lives - Sierra Club

This year, the Obama Administration is finalizing the first ever safeguards to curb carbon pollution from existing power plants – The Clean Power Plan. The expected benefits ...

May 11, 2015

The Next Step in Natural Gas? - John Siciliano, Washington Examiner

The next big thing in natural gas production may come from the enormous amount of gas trapped in ice found both in the ground and under the sea....

May 9, 2015

The Death of the Green Energy Movement - Stephen Moore, Daily Signal

The green energy movement in America is dead. May it rest in peace. No, a majority of American energy over the next 20 years is not going to come from windmills and solar panels. O...

May 8, 2015

Managing the Decline of Coal - Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation

No matter who wins the May 7 general elections in Great Britain, the new prime minister is already committed to a radical shift in the nation’s energy policy. Back in Februar...

July 28, 2015

Federal Court Rejects EPA Cross-State Air Pollution Rules

July 27, 2015

Offshore Wind Power Gets a Foothold in the U.S.

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