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January 13, 2015

Will the W.Va. Oil Spill Spark a Movement? - Abigail Savitch-Lew, Jacobin

Paul Dalzell was repairing a house in the small town of Poca, West Virginia when he received his friend’s text message: “Don’t drink the water, shower, animals or...

January 12, 2015

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January 9, 2015

How Far Away Is Geoengineering? - Brian Merchant, Vice

The scientists had whipped themselves into a frenzy. Gathered in a stuffy conference room in the bowels of a hotel in Berlin, scores of respected climate researchers, mostly middle...

January 8, 2015

How Coal Companies Game Subsidies - Claire Moser, ThinkProgress

In what is being described as a fundamental shift in how the coal industry does business, over 40 percent of all coal produced in Wyoming is now being first sold not to a...

January 8, 2015

Our 'Unburnable' Fossil Fuels - Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones

When scientists and policymakers talk about limiting climate change, what they're mainly talking about keeping more fossil fuels in the ground. The fact is, there's no way to preve...

January 7, 2015

The Interior Department's Coal Program - Lee-Ashley & Thakar, CAP

In 2002, the Powder River Basin, or PRB, in Wyoming and Montana surged past the Appalachian coalfields that stretch from Pennsylvania to Tennessee to become the nation’s larg...

January 7, 2015

A Crude Surprise for Fossil-Fuel States - Neil Bhatiya, RealClearPolicy

One of the most significant political and economic stories of 2014 was the decline in crude-oil prices, which has continued apace in 2015. Entering the first full week of trading a...

January 5, 2015

Lead and Crime: Some New Evidence - Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

And now from the future to the past: specifically, the period from 1921 to 1936. Let's talk about homicide....

January 5, 2015

Put a Price on Carbon - Lawrence Summers, Financial Times

The case for carbon taxes has long been compelling. With the recent steep fall in oil prices and associated declines in other energy prices it is over...

January 3, 2015

13 Species We May Lose This Year - Hyacinth Mascarenhas, Global Post

British broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough once asked: “Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a pi...

December 30, 2014

Transportation Fuel Pollution: Cali's Big Step - Alex Jackson, NRDC

On January 1, fuel providers will join other major pollution sources under California'scap-and-trade program to limit carbon pollution. The program is a key componen...

December 30, 2014

Adapting to Heat in the U.S. - Bobb et al., Environmental Health

In a changing climate, increasing temperatures are anticipated to have profound health impacts. These impacts could be mitigated if individuals and communities adapt to changing ex...

December 27, 2014

How Obama Can Keep Environmentalists Happy - Rebecca Leber, TNR

President Barack Obama kept environmentalists busy andRepublicans furious in 2014. He delivered a climate deal with China, pledged $3 billion to international climat...

December 24, 2014

Renewable Energy Developments in 2014 - Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress

2014 brought us plenty of news to be unhappy about. The year had barely begun when a major chemical spill poisoned the water of 300,000 West Virginians, a disaster that left reside...

December 23, 2014

Two States, Two Different Fracking Decisions - Chris Mooney, Wash Post

Last week, New York Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo banned the practice in his state of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" -- blasting chemical laden water deep beneath ...

December 22, 2014

The Net Petroleum Exporter Myth - Bill McBride, Calculated Risk

To understand what the general public is hearing about oil, I watched a Yahoo video yesterday with Katie Couric explaining the decline in oil prices....

December 22, 2014

Electric Cars: Cleaner Than What? - The Economist

DRIVING an electric car confers a badge of greenery, or so the marketing departments of their makers would have you believe. Yet a report which analyses the life cycle of car emiss...

December 20, 2014

EPA: Coal Ash No Worse Than Trash - Kristen Lombardi, Public Integrity

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday announced the first-ever national standards regulating the disposal of coal ash – a byproduct of electric power generation -- li...

December 18, 2014

Coal, an Outlaw Enterprise - Robert F. Kennedy Jr., New York Times

LAST month, the coal industry in Appalachia suffered two legal blows....

December 17, 2014

EPA's Flawed Clean Power Plan - Energy & Commerce Committee

The House Energy and Commerce Committee today released a new majority staff report outlining critical issues that have been raised during the committee’s hearings and oversig...

December 16, 2014

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal - Trembath et al., Breakthrough

The growth of natural gas generation in the US power sector has overwhelmingly displaced coal generation, a new Breakthrough analysis of regional power generation data finds.&...

December 16, 2014

We Could See More Droughts Like California's - Christie Aschwanden, 538

Last week, California’s dry spell got a temporary reprieve thanks to an onslaught of Pacific storms. But the storms won’t be enough to turn back the state’s ...

December 16, 2014

Setting a Limit on Global Warming - Justin Gillis, New York Times

After two weeks of grinding meetings in Lima, Peru, the world’s climate negotiators emerged this weekend with a deal. They settled on preliminary language, to be finaliz...

December 16, 2014

2014: A Year of Clean Cars for All - Luke Tonachel, NRDC

When it comes to automobiles, 2014 has been a year of good news for consumers, public health and the environment. Thanks to tightening standards, cars are more fuel efficient than ...

December 13, 2014

Blinded by 'Light Pollution' - Elizabeth Daigneau, Governing

It’s December, and that means holiday lights everywhere -- strung along roof lines, windows, doors and trees. But all those festive lights aren’t good for the environme...

December 12, 2014

Population Growth and Carbon Emissions - David Rosnick, CEPR

This paper examines the impact of population growth on global climate change. The author employs the Global Change Assessment Model (GCAM) to estimate the effects of population gro...

December 10, 2014

Modernizing the Federal Coal Program - Nidhi Thakar, CAP

The United States’ federal coal-leasing program has existed for nearly a century, beginning with the enactment of the Mineral Leasing Act of 1920. The U.S. Department of...

December 10, 2014

Here's What 'Climate Fairness' Would Cost - Ronald Bailey, Reason

"We are people who want to tell the truth about the climate crisis, and the truth is that we are on track to a climate disaster," asserted Alex Rafalowicz at a Friends of the Earth...

December 9, 2014

Visualizing California's Drought - U.S. Geological Survey

The State of California is experiencing one of the most severe droughts on record, which has implications for citizens of California and beyond. Many State, Federal, and Tribal age...

December 6, 2014

Win-Win: Low Carbon Prosperity - Washington Business Alliance

Bolstered by growing public support for climate action, international, federal, state, and local governments are considering a suite of policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (G...

December 5, 2014

Resist EPA's Power Plan - Coalition of Free Market Groups

A broad coalition of free-market and conservative organizations sent this letter to state elected officials urging them to actively fight against the EPA's efforts to coerce them i...

December 4, 2014

The Natural Gas Vehicle Success Story - Gary Thomas, DART

Oil prices are plummeting and the price per gallon of gas and diesel are following suit.  As a municipal fleet operator – responsible for moving approximately 250,0...

December 4, 2014

A Great Time to Raise the Gas Tax - Chris Mooney, Washington Post

Nationally averaged gas prices ticked down a little lower today -- yet again -- to $2.75 per gallon. They're now more than 50 cents lower than they were a year ago. So no wond...

December 3, 2014

How Cities Can Track Their Emissions - Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Next City

This Friday, at the UN conference in Lima, delegates will discuss yet again how their countries might finally reach an agreement to address climate change. But one presentation, by...

December 2, 2014

Mitigating Natural Gas Use in the Electricity Sector - Alison Cassady, CAP

Climate change poses a real and present danger to people in countries all over the world. Scientists agree that we need to move swiftly and aggressively to decarbonize the global e...

December 2, 2014

Harnessing the Tides: Promising But Pricy - Jared Meyer, RealClearPolitics

The falling cost of wind and solar power production is among the factors that have led to a revival of interest in wave and tidal power. Less unsightly than wind or solar facilitie...

December 2, 2014

Extinct Species Should Stay Extinct - Ben A. Minteer, Slate

For a species that’s been dead for a century, the passenger pigeon is having a pretty good year. A flurry of newbooks, features, and a majordocumentary has been rou...

December 1, 2014

We're on the Brink of Mass Extinction - Sean B. Carroll, The Daily Beast

 About 9:30 p.m. on Palm Sunday in 1965, a tornado struck Toledo, Ohio. I was just four years old and asleep when my Dad felt the pressure drop and called the family to the ba...

November 29, 2014

EPA's Smog Proposal: Five Questions - Amy Harder, Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed lower limits for ground-level ozone, or smog, in the atmosphere, setting in motion the latest in a series of far-reac...

November 25, 2014

A Scorecard Approach to Cutting Carbon - Bosetti & Frankel, VoxEU

Many countries have announced emissions targets for 2020. To evaluate which countries are doing their fair share, this column proposes a ‘scorecard’ approach based on t...

November 25, 2014

EPA Regulations Meet Federalism - Michael S. Greve, Library of Law & Liberty

Under the Constitution, states have no right to “interpose”—that is, to block the enforcement of supreme, validly enacted federal law. However, with the arguable ...

November 11, 2014

BP Settlement: Redistributive Justice? - John Baker, Federalist Society

This White Paper discusses the litigation and class-action settlement resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  The paper argues that the strange developments...

November 11, 2014

Can Humans and Nature Coexist? - Gayathri Vaidyanathan, SciAm

November 3, 2014

Carbon Tax: Better Than Regulation - Eli Lehrer, Weekly Standard

Despite growing support from some conservative policy wonks, the idea of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, even as an alternative to the sort of heavy-handed greenhouse regulations ...

November 3, 2014

New IPCC Report: Ten Things to Know - John Light, Grist

The latest IPCC report is out, and the news is not happy.The chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Rajendra Pachauri,called today’s report the &ld...

January 11, 2015

GM to Unveil Electric Car Capable of 200 Miles per Charge

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