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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 19, 2015

Critics Hear EPA's Voice in Water Proposal 'Public Comments' -

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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...

May 4, 2015

The Costs of DOE Loan Probrams - Government Accountability Office

The Department of Energy's (DOE) loan programs portfolio consists of 34 loans and loan guarantees totaling about $28 billion in support of 30 projects in a diverse array of technol...

April 30, 2015

The West Coast Tar Sands Invasion - National Resources Defense Council

A tar sands invasion of Washington and Oregon is threatening the states' communities, waterways, coastlines and air. In a new report, NRDC examines the tar sands threat faced ...

April 30, 2015

How Big Money Affects Environmental Policy - Kevin Mooney, Daily Signal

Is big money dangerously and improperly compromising environmental policy?...

April 28, 2015

How the Shale Revolution Changed the World - Ed Crooks, Financial Times

Last summer, Juan Ramos had four jobs; now he has none. A year ago, feeling frustrated and underpaid working in health insurance in Florida, he was stirred by stories of the fabulo...

April 25, 2015

How to Stop Cows From Emitting Methane - John Upton, Climate Central

Leo Van Warmerdam pointed to a red shed housing a large generator on his family’s dairy farm as he loped over two acres of manure. The thick black plastic stretching across t...

April 23, 2015

Solar: The Fight Over Who Profits - Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones

In the ongoing wars over solar energy, one power company is consistently painted as the archetypal, mustache-twirling nemesis of clean electricity: Arizona Public Service. So you m...

April 23, 2015

An Environmentally Sensitive Tax Code - Matt Gardner, CTJ

Around the nation, environmentally minded Americans are taking steps to achieve e a greener nation. The tax code may not be the most obvious tool for achieving environmental change...

April 22, 2015

What the EPA Has Accomplished - Gina McCarthy, EPA

Acid rain. Dangerous DDT. Toxic leaded gas fumes. Rampant air pollution. These environmental challenges once seemed impossible to meet, and they put our nation’s air, water, ...

April 21, 2015

'Fast Track' Trade: Environmental Concerns - Jake Schmidt, NRDC

A "fast track" trade bill was just introduced that would expedite approval of two massive trade agreements. We know enough about these pending trade agreements - one between the U....

April 20, 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 examination a...

April 18, 2015

EPA Threatens 93 Power Plants - Catrina Rorke & Sam Batkins, AAF

According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own estimates, its proposed power plant regulation could eliminate one-fifth of existing coal generation facilities a...

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 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...

May 19, 2015

Texas Bans Fracking Bans

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