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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Saudi Prince’s Tantrum Has Global Impact

What ails the royal court of Saudi Arabia? The Crown Prince—Mohammed Bin Salman—has arrested 11 rich and powerful princes and about 200 businessmen. These men of great wealth and might are being held in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Their assets are being seized in stages.

November 18, 2017

Myths And Facts To Know Ahead Of Rick Perry’s Study On Renewable Energy

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ordered his department to produce a study on whether the ongoing shift toward renewable energy is affecting the reliability of the electrical grid. A number of experts, clean-energy advocates, and politicians on both sides of the aisle believe the study is intended to be biased in favor of the coal and nuclear industries, which have been struggling in recent years.

July 18, 2017

4 Products That Can Help Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

This hasn’t exactly been the best few months for Mother Earth. But no matter where you fall on climate change reform, you’d probably agree that conserving resources — such as money — is always a good thing. With an eye toward the smart use of both energy and your wallet, please enjoy this roundup of […]

June 21, 2017
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Clinton speaks as rival Sanders listens during the Democratic U.S. presidential candidates' debate in Flint

Clinton, Sanders Clash Over Trade And Auto Bailout In Michigan Debate

Flint provided a dramatic backdrop for the pair — who were actually willing to discuss the systematic failures that led to the poisoning of an entire city.

March 6, 2016
Dark Money book cover

Excerpt: ‘Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right’

While it might be well-known that deep pockets finance the big names in politics, there is little known about the private world they inhabit and how their money is allocated.

February 7, 2016
A pump jack stands idle in Dewitt County, Texas January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Anna Driver

Why Cheap Oil Isn’t Bad For The Environment

While the price of oil has fallen, so have the costs of green energy technologies.

January 28, 2016
Coal Miner

U.S. Halts New Coal Leases On Federal Land, First Review In Decades

The Obama administration, in the first major review of the country’s coal program in three decades, on Friday ordered a pause on issuing coal-mining leases on federal land as part of new executive actions to fight climate change.

January 15, 2016

Energy Beggars No More, We Can Be Choosy

The Obama administration has finally passed judgment on the Keystone XL pipeline, and it’s a thumbs-down. The environmental arguments against it have always been impeccable. But it took America’s turn toward energy independence to cut down the economic case for it.

November 10, 2015

Obama Rejects Canada-to-U.S Keystone XL Pipeline

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada in a victory for environmentalists who have campaigned against the project for more than seven years

November 6, 2015
Idaho National Laboratory science

Experts: U.S. Must Do More To Protect Energy Grid From Cyberattacks

The problem is bad and getting worse.

October 21, 2015

As Revenue Declines, Power Companies Lean On Surcharges And Less On Rate Hikes

As electric utilities grapple with declining revenue, the rigidly traditional method used to determine a customer’s monthly bill is breaking apart.

August 31, 2015

Fighting Climate Change For Real

Coal is the largest source of planet-warming gases. It must make room for 21st-century power.

August 4, 2015
A coal power plant in New Mexico (Glennia via Flickr)

Senators Unveil Wide-Ranging Energy Bill

Modernizing the electric grid and the emergency petroleum reserve were the cornerstones of a bill unveiled by leaders of the Senate energy committee

July 22, 2015
gas pumps

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Drive Down U.S. Gas Prices

The average summer price of a gallon of gas could be at its lowest in five years.

July 20, 2015

Investment In Clean Energy Helps U.S. Security At Home And Abroad

If Congress does not authorize funding for clean energy and efficiency innovations, the negative effects will be far-reaching.

June 1, 2015
Environemnt, Coal Industry, Pollution, Hazard, Energy, Mountaintop Removal Mining, Congress, Obama, Republicans

As Mountaintop Mining Spreads, Lawmakers Oppose Rule To Protect Streams

An upcoming rule to protect the environment and communities near mountaintop-removal mining operations is contested by Big Coal.

May 21, 2015

Tesla Unveils Battery To ‘Transform Energy Infrastructure’

The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels, from the electricity grid at night when it is typically cheaper, and provide a secure backup in the case of a power outage.

May 1, 2015
National News, Environment, Politics, Featured News, Court, EPA, Legacy, Obama, Laurence Tribe, Harvard, Coal Industry, Energy

Obama Legacy Gets Second Legal Test Over ‘Goof’ In Climate Rule

Obama’s mentor at Harvard, Laurence Tribe, will argue on behalf of big coal which seeks to repeal the President’s EPA rules to curb carbon emissions.

April 16, 2015
Energy, Oil, Fracking, Drilling, Economy, Tax Breaks, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin

Frac Sand Industry Feels The Effects Of Low Oil Prices, Less Drilling

While the frac sand industry has slowed due to cheap oil, American frac companies hope to expand due to tax breaks.

April 10, 2015
Energy, Environment, Lifestyle, Water, California, Wealthy, Drought, Jerry Brown

California’s Wealthy Lagging In Water Conservation

When on average, wealthier neighborhoods consume three times more water than less affluent ones, drought-afflicted Californians look to enforce water conservation edicts.

April 8, 2015
Energy, Environment, Greenpeace, Oil, Drilling, Shell, Protest, Arctic

Arctic-Drilling Protesters Board Shell’s Oil Rig In Pacific

Six Greenpeace members board a Royal Dutch Shell oil rig to protest the energy company’s exploration and drilling of the Alaskan Arctic.

April 7, 2015
Environment, National News, Colorado, Fort Collins, Carbon Neautral, Energy, Climate Change, Bipartisan, Emissions, City

Colorado City Vows To Be Carbon Neutral, Defying Partisan Politics

Fort Collins, Colorado plans on becoming America’s first carbon neutral city.

March 30, 2015
Infrastructure, Solar Power, Energy, Oil, Coal, Mitch McConnnell, Koch brothers, politics, environment, Renewable Energy, Froma Harrop

The Sun Is Rising On Solar Panels, And There’s No Fighting It

Why the Koch brothers and an army of coal and oil lobbyists are doomed to lose their war against clean energy.

March 24, 2015
Infrastructure, carbon, emissions, supreme court, pollution, EPA, climate change, law

Emissions Stall Amid Growth For First Time In 40 Years, IEA Says

The IEA has great news for the environment.

March 13, 2015

Weekend Reader: ‘Market Madness: A Century Of Oil Panics, Crises, And Crashes’

‘Market Madness’ is a lucid, credible riposte to apocalyptic ravings about “peak oil.”

March 7, 2015