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April 27, 2016

Lifting the Oil Export Ban Is Working - Stephen Moore, IBD

Congressional Republicans haven’t had many policy victories to celebrate in the last couple of years, but one that is starting to show dividends is the ending of the 1970s-er...

April 27, 2016

Half of U.S. Conservatives Say Climate Change Is Real -

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April 22, 2016

The Education of an Environmentalist - Robert Stone, Scientific American

On the first Earth Day, in 1970, I was an 11-year-old kid living in Princeton, New Jersey. I spent the day with my friends gleefully crushing thousands of empty soda cans—our...

April 22, 2016

The Half Degree That Will Change Earth - Eric Roston, Bloomberg

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterSomething not so funny happened on the road to the United Nations climate summit in Paris last year. ...

April 19, 2016

The Promise of Proxy Carbon Pricing - Cassady & Taraska, CAP

As the world unites to fight climate change, more and more countries are turning to carbon pricing as a means to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. By putting a price on carbon...

April 19, 2016

A New Obama Emissions Play - Michael Grunwald, Politico

The Obama administration has begun a quiet push to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by transportation projects, a new front in the president’s global fight to limi...

April 18, 2016

The Atlantic Coastline Is Sinking - John Upton, Grist

The 5,000 North Carolinians who call Hyde County home live in a region several hundred miles long where coastal residents are coping with severe changes that few other Americans ha...

April 15, 2016

How to Make Renewable Energy Cheaper - Ben Walsh, Huffington Post

There’s money out there for clean energy. And with the right kind of infrastructure spending, we can help shift it away from fossil fuels and toward renewables....

April 11, 2016

We Made the Right Call on Light Bulbs - Andrew deLaski, ASAP

Remember the hue and cry about how the federal government was going to force consumers to switch from the incandescent lightbulbs we’ve used since the days of Thomas Edison t...

March 31, 2016

M.I.A.: GOP Leaders and the Paris Agreement - Marlo Lewis Jr., RCPolicy

The recently adopted Paris Agreement on climate change endangers the U.S. economy, our constitutional framework, and the future of conservative politics. So why aren't mo...

March 30, 2016

Your Water Could Be Worse Than Flint's - Laura Orlando, In These Times

Flint residents knew there was a serious problem with their water when it came out of the tap brown and foul-smelling after the city of Flint changed its source from Lake Huron to ...

March 22, 2016

Does Trump Have an Energy Policy? - Evan Lehmann, ClimateWire

Donald Trump is loaded. He has 673 delegates, billions of dollars and a gun permit. But he doesn’t seem to have a coherent policy on energy and climate....

March 21, 2016

EPA Puts a Red Light on Amateur Car Racing - Kenric Ward, Reason

A "power grab" by the Environmental Protection Agency threatens to crash America's amateur car-racing industry without putting so much as a dent in climate change, warns the chairm...

March 8, 2016

This Tech Could Give Coal a Scrubbing - Nick Stockton, Wired

NO MATTER HOW you feel about coal, you can’t deny that it is very dirty stuff. Nor can you argue that our electrified society is anywhere near ready to run without ...

March 7, 2016

Fuel Economy Standards Are a Costly Mistake - Furth & Kreutzer, Heritage

Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards are adding thousands of dollars to the prices of new cars. When the Obama Administration began implementing Congress’s stricte...

March 4, 2016

Rooftop Solar Growth Poised to Accelerate - Kevin Steinberger, NRDC

In less than the time it takes you to read this post, a home or business may have installed solar panels on their rooftops - a new system was installed every 2.5 minutes in 20...

March 3, 2016

'Energy Apartheid' Could Develop Soon - Umair Irfan, Scientific American

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz yesterday laid out a case for stepping on the gas pedal for his department’s signature innovation initiative, the Advanced Research Projects Age...

February 29, 2016

Are Self-Driving Cars Bad for the Environment? - David Roberts, Vox

That's what researchers Zia Wadud (University of Leeds), Don MacKenzie (University of Washington), and Paul Leiby (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) have attempted in a new study:&nbs...

February 26, 2016

The Arbitrary 'Social Cost of Carbon' - William O'Keefe, CO2 Coalition

This month, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the centerpiece of President Obama's climate-change agenda from taking effect, pending judicial review. Responding to the Court's decisio...

February 22, 2016

The Link Between Lead Emissions and Crime - Mark Patrick Taylor, EH

Many populations have been exposed to environmental lead from paint, petrol, and mining and smelting operations. Lead is toxic to humans and there is emerging evidence linking chil...

February 22, 2016

The Economic Lessons of 'Peak Paper' - John Quiggin, Aeon

For most of us, the industrial economy is a thing of the past. In the entire United States, large factories employ fewer than 2 million people. Even adding China to the picture doe...

February 16, 2016

Our Lawsuit to Protect a Bat's Habitat - Center for Biological Diversity

Four conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for authorizing logging and widespread destruction of habitat for nort...

February 15, 2016

Expanding America's Petroleum Power - Mark P. Mills, Manhattan Institute

The majority of world petroleum trade remains dominated by nation-state companies, often directed by authoritarian regimes that wield energy riches as weapons of influence or intim...

February 6, 2016

An Overdue Oil and Climate Security Fee - Deron Lovaas, NRDC

The President just proposed a 21st Century Clean Transportation Initiative loaded with interesting policy, the most attention-grabbing of which is a $10-per-barrel o...

January 29, 2016

Cheap Oil Isn't Bad for the Environment - Froma Harrop, Creators

It stood to reason that collapsing prices for oil would make clean energy relatively more expensive. That would dampen the public's craving to install solar panels and build wind t...

January 25, 2016

Lead Poisoning Is Worse in Detroit Than in Flint - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

The Flint water crisis has captured national attention, but, paradoxically, one benefit of city services failing as egregiously as they have in Flint is that many familie...

January 23, 2016

Flint's Water Crisis Is No Accident - Jacob Lederman, In These Times

In an October 8, 2015 press conference, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder made a surprising about-face. After installing an unelected emergency manager in the city of Flint in 2011, th...

January 23, 2016

Imagining Geoengineering - Jacob Brogan, Slate

Geoengineering occupies a peculiar space in the scheme of tomorrow’s technologies, at once fundamentally practicable and largely untested. A catchall term for a wide arr...

January 20, 2016

The CPP's Unreasonable Assumptions - U.S. Chamber of Commerce

How the final Clean Power Plan uses unreasonable renewable energy assumptions to increase the stringency of state emissions requirements....

January 16, 2016

Incentives for a Low-Carbon Future - Thomas Fricke, Project Syndicate

The climate agreement that world leaders reached in Paris last month has been widely celebrated for establishing the ambitious target of limiting the increase in global temperature...

January 12, 2016

Natural Gas Naysayers Have It All Wrong - Mamula & Michaels, RCPolicy

In promoting his State of the Union address, which he will deliver tonight, President Obama touts his climate-change policies and the recent Paris climate summit. In real...

January 4, 2016

Free the Energy Entrepreneurs - Vance Ginn, RealClearPolicy

President Obama recently signed a $1.15 trillion omnibus bill that included good, bad, and ugly items....

December 31, 2015

The Right Way to Tax Carbon - Editorial Board, Bloomberg View

In 2016, voters in Washington will get the chance to enact the first state carbon tax. To make sure they provide a good example for the other 49, they should adopt the sm...

December 30, 2015

A 'Nudge' to Change Our Energy Future - Sebastian Berger, SciAm

More than ever, psychology has become influential not only in explaining human behavior, but also as a resource for policy makers to achieve goals related to health, well-being, or...

December 24, 2015

Efficiency Standards Lead to Bill Savings - Lauren Urbanek, NRDC

While most consumers and business owners probably don't think much about the importance of appliance energy efficiency standards in their day-to-day lives, the work done this year ...

December 24, 2015

Big Oil Should Kill Itself - Anatole Kaletsky, Project Syndicate

Now that oil prices have settled into a long-term range of $30-50 per barrel (as described here a year ago), energy users everywhere are enjoying an annual income boost w...

December 17, 2015

Clean Car Standards Are Working - Luke Tonachel, NRDC

Despite low oil prices, the latest data from EPA shows that strong carbon pollution and fuel economy standards adopted by the Obama Administration continue to work to lower fuel bi...

December 16, 2015

Climate Deal: Economic Consequences - Irwin M. Stelzer, Weekly Standard

The international conference on climate change attracted thousands of delegates from almost 200 nations. The Conference of the Parties21, so named for the parties that signed the U...

December 16, 2015

Climate Deal: Obama's Biggest Accomplishment - Jonathan Chait, NY

This weekend, leaders from 196 countries approved the first global agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions in human history. The pact is a triumph of international diplomacy sh...

December 16, 2015

A Waning Political Divide on the Environment - Alex Trembath, Slate

In 1980, Stanford ecologist Paul Ehrlich famously bet libertarian economist Julian Simon that the price index of several precious metals would increase over the ensuing 10 years. E...

December 16, 2015

An Environmental Policy Primer - Diane Katz, Heritage Foundation

America’s environment has dramatically improved in the four decades since adoption of the nation’s foundational environmental statutes. It is also true that there could...

December 14, 2015

Paris Climate Deal Will Not Save Us - Naomi Klein, The Nation

The climate deal that has been negotiated at COP21 crossed multiple red lines: Scientific red lines, equity red lines, legal red lines, and more. The emissions targets outlined in ...

December 14, 2015

What the Climate Deal Accomplishes - Ben Adler, Grist

The Paris Agreement to address climate change, adopted on Saturday, will be remembered as a big step forward and at the same time a frustrating set of compromises and omi...

December 14, 2015

The Treaty That Dare Not Speak Its Name - Rupert Darwall, National Review

December 14, 2015

Falling Short on Climate in Paris - Bill McKibben, 350.org

THE climate news last week came out of Paris, where the world’s nations signed off on an agreement to finally begin addressing global warming....

December 10, 2015

Congress's Gift to the Oil Industry - Samantha Page, ThinkProgress

When Congress emerges on the other side of the annual scrum of budget-building, the oil and gas industry is poised to pick up a major win. The decades-old oil export ban — wh...

December 10, 2015

Climate Accord: It's About Cash - Ronald Bailey, Reason

The president of the Paris climate change conference, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, released today a new draft text of the prospective universal climate accord ...

December 1, 2015

The Paris Climate Deal Is Meaningless - Oren Cass, Politico

Negotiators from around the world gather in Paris next week to finalize an international climate change agreement, capping a years-long process on which hopes have been riding for ...

November 24, 2015

Untapped Potential of Hydroelectric Power - Julian Spector, CityLab

November 24, 2015

Rich Countries Don't Want Coal - Daniel Gross, Slate

The United Kingdom announced last week its ambition to phase out the burning of coal by 2025. “Frankly, it cannot be satisfactory for an advanced economy like the U.K. to be rel...

April 26, 2016

American Cars on Track to Double Fuel Efficiency From 2012 to 2025

August 12, 2015

EPA Monitors CO River Cleanup

August 3, 2015

Obama Administration Unveils Major Climate Change Plan

August 3, 2015

Study: Climate Change Mitigation Could Increase Global Hunger

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