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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...

July 2, 2015

California Residents Cut Water Use by Close to 30 Percent -

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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...

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...

July 2, 2015

Study: Polar Bears Could Feel Global Warming's Sting by 2025

July 2, 2015

BP to Pay $18.7 Billion Settlement for Deepwater Horizon Spill

July 1, 2015

Greens: New Keystone Arguments Fail the 'Laugh Test'

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