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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]

Revising the Toxic Substances Out-of-Control Act

July 2, 2015 by Steven Cohen

It's good that America had a bipartisan environmental majority in past, or our air today would be unbreathable and our water would be undrinkable. Fortunately, laws governing air and water pollution, solid and hazardous waste, endangered species, and toxic substances were enacted during those crucial decades.[read more]

The Common Goals of the Pope and Clean Energy

June 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

The Pope and Clean Energy

Pope Francis turned a keen eye toward the environment and the problem of climate change with his encyclical,“Laudato Si” (“Praised Be”), released yesterday. As a clean energy advocate, I’m heartened that Pope Francis recognizes the need to transform our energy system.[read more]

Two Degrees: EU Climate Debate Highlights Key Ingredients for a Deal in Paris [VIDEO]

June 25, 2015 by David Thual
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EU Climate Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Jos Delbeke, Director General for Climate Action, European Commission, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, Vice-president of the S&D Group, and Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist and Vice President, Statoil, to debate: “Road to Paris: can the EU retain its leadership role at COP21?”[read more]

The Post-Partisan Fallacy: Is the Republican Party Incapable of Addressing Climate Change?

June 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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Climate Change Partisanship/shutterstock

After Pope Francis issued his strongly worded encyclical on climate change and the environment, many wondered how it would influence conservatives. It didn’t take long. “I don’t think we should politicize faith,” said Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who brushed off climate change as an inherently political issue.[read more]

When Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama Agree

June 15, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate change is a politically divisive issue, with those on the left more active and concerned than conservatives. And there is much evidence that those with different values perceive the issue differently. But concern about climate change can be placed firmly in the mainstream of the conservative tradition.[read more]

How Capping Coal Can Help China to Peak its CO2 Emissions by 2025 and Contribute to the Fight Against Climate Change

June 15, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Emissions Policy

Nearly 80 percent of China's energy-related CO2 emissions come from coal. That's why putting a lid on coal is the single most important step China can take to protect itself - and the rest of the world - from the devastating impacts of climate change.[read more]

The Old Tax or Trade Chestnut

June 12, 2015 by David Hone

Is the Choice Between Taxes and Trade?

The recent letter on carbon pricing from six oil and gas industry CEOs to Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC and Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France and President of COP 21 sent something of a tremor through the media world.[read more]

The World's Leading Global Private Banks and Coal-Related Investments: 'Pecunia non Olet!'

June 11, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Energy and the Value of Profits

While the current U.S. administration is a staunch supporter of such measures in the name of climate protection, Japan and its companies continue to enjoy billions of dollars in annual revenues from superior coal technology exported to developing countries.[read more]

New Analysis Does Not Support a Warming 'Hiatus'

June 11, 2015 by Henry Auer
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The Myth of the Hiatus

Global average temperatures show a break from an earlier high rate of increase. Compared with the preceding three decades, recently recorded global average temperatures have shown only a slight increase. The reduction in the rate of warming of the globe is generally referred to as a "hiatus."[read more]

Proposed Clean Power Plan Would Accelerate Renewable Additions and Coal Plant Retirements

June 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Effects of the Clean Power Plan

The EPA's Clean Power Plan shows that renewables play a critical role under a range of different market and policy assumptions. The key difference across the various scenarios analyzed involves when and how wind and solar generating capacity additions occur, as well as retirements of coal generation capacity.[read more]

The IMF Just Destroyed the Best Argument Against Clean Energy

June 5, 2015 by Elias Hinckley
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Fossil fuel supporters have insisted that wind and solar are far “too expensive” to replace fossil fuels. A recent report published by the IMF has put a price on the direct and indirect subsidies that support fossil fuels as a counter argument to the renewables are “too expensive” message. The numbers are staggering.[read more]

Levelized cost comparisons help explain value of various electric generation technologies

June 5, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Power Generation and Cost

When power plants are built, several factors influence the choice of fuels and technologies that will ultimately generate electricity. Cost is one of the most difficult factors to compare, as technologies can have vastly different capital, fuel, maintenance, and financing costs, as well as different utilization rates.[read more]

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

June 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Carbon Plan and Legal Challenges

The Clean Power Plan will engender a fierce, protracted legal battle. Industry groups, together with states that are opposed to greenhouse gas regulation, have promised to use every legal device at their disposal to "gum up the works" for EPA.[read more]

The Case for Carbon Capture

June 2, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Capture and Sequestration

The environmental left is hesitant to support CCS because the process is viewed as a means to keep the fossil fuel industries operating well into the future. Industry and conservatives often treat CCS as an expensive and unproven albatross that will strangle business.[read more]