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Can Hillary Promote Clean Energy Without Attacking the Fossil Fuel Industry?

July 30, 2015 by Aya Elizabeth

Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton's climate plan is a probably a good start, but if she is going to take a solidified position on climate change and actually attempt to see it through, then she is going to have to embrace some controversial positions.[read more]

Climate Change Variability, Not Just Temperatures, Increase Mortality Risks for Vulnerable Populations

July 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate and health research has shown that weather extremes fueled by climate change are seriously threatening human health. It is well-known by the public health community that average seasonal mean temperatures significantly influence the risk of weather-related mortality.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]

Global Coal Boom Ends As China — And World — Wakes Up To Reality Of Carbon Pollution

July 24, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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“Global coal demand is slowing fast,” is the headline in a June Business Insider Australia story. “The global coal renaissance is the most important climate story today,” is the headline in a July Vox story.

“Global coal demand is slowing fast,” is the headline in a June Business Insider Australia story. “The global coal renaissance is the most important climate story today,” is the headline in a July Vox story.[read more]

Putting the IMF Externalized Cost Report in Perspective

July 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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IMF Report and Externalized Costs

The IMF recently released a working paper in which very high external costs of fossil fuels are reported. While it is unquestionable that fossil fuel combustion has large externalized costs, the magnitude of these costs may well be substantially over-estimated in this report.[read more]

Is the U.S. Really the World's Top Oil Producer?

July 22, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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United States Oil Production

The U.S. is clearly an energy production superpower, but we are an even greater energy consumer. Thus, despite the large amount of energy production, the U.S. is not energy independent. Our position as the #2 coal producer behind China mirrors our #2 position behind China in carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

Coal Miners, Extractive Industries, and a Sustainable Economy

July 21, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The transition to a renewable economy may be a painful one, particularly in this era of aversion to active government. When New York City endured the difficult transition from a commercial and small manufacturing city to today's post-industrial megacity, we nearly went broke.[read more]

China's Provinces Learn How to Reduce Emissions with Trading

July 10, 2015 by Michael Tubman

As many U.S. states and localities start to think about ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the proposed Clean Power Plan, it’s eye-opening to see how Chinese provinces are taking many of the same first steps on a provincial level.[read more]

My Dr. Strangelove Moment: How I Came to Love Clean Coal

July 10, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Clean Coal

I recently returned from a two week barnstorming trip that took me to see the newest clean coal power plants that employ carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). CCS is the practice of physically capturing carbon dioxide molecules from the exhaust streams of large fossil fuel burners like power plants.[read more]

Coal Production Using Mountaintop Removal Mining Decreases by 62% Since 2008

July 9, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Mountaintop Removal Drop

Coal production from mines with mountaintop removal permits has declined since 2008, more than the downward trend in total U.S. coal production. Production decreased about 15% from 2008 to 2014. Surface production decreased about 21%, and mountaintop removal decreased 62% over this period.[read more]

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#EnergyChat Webinar: Can Carbon Capture and Storage Deliver?

July 7, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Capture Potential?

Carbon capture and storage technology promises fossil fuels without the carbon dioxide. But can the fledgling technology deliver on this promise? On May 27th, I hosted an Energy Collective #EnergyChat webinar, sponsored by Shell, on precisely this topic.[read more]

Goodbye Mercury Rule, Hello Clean Power Plan?

July 7, 2015 by Brian H. Potts

The EPA and the Supreme Court

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suffered a major setback on Monday after the U.S. Supreme Court doled out its ruling in Michigan v. EPA. The Court found that the EPA’s decision to ignore the $10 billion dollar annual price tag of its Mercury and Air Toxics Standard for power plants was unreasonable.[read more]

China's new 2030 Climate Target Will Contribute to a Lower and Earlier Emissions Peak

July 6, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

China and Future Planning

China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement. These details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last November, but China has now added a carbon intensity reduction target to its 2030 goals.[read more]

Demand for Small Modular Reactors may be Impacted by Supreme Court Ruling on EPA Coal Plant Emissions

July 6, 2015 by Dan Yurman

SMRs and Supreme Court Rulings

The US Supreme Court recently threw out EPA’s coal emissions regulations that if implemented would have forced many utilities to close older coal-fired plants. The new emissions controls are aimed at mercury and other toxic pollutants which are not removed from stack emissions by current air pollution controls.[read more]

Fossil Fuels Have Made Up at Least 80% of U.S. Fuel Mix Since 1900

July 3, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuel Mix

While the energy history of the United States is one of significant change, three fossil fuel sources—petroleum, natural gas, and coal—have made up at least 80 percent of the total energy consumption of the United States for more than 100 years.[read more]