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Nuclear Energy's Low-Carbon Attributes Increase Public Support

October 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear, Carbon, and Public Opinion

Awareness of nuclear energy’s leading role in preventing greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector solidifies the conviction among an overwhelming majority of Americans that the technology is important to the nation’s energy and environmental future.[read more]

Who Supports Oil and Gas Methane Regulations? Pretty Much Everyone

October 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulations and Public Support

The EPA has held a series of hearings across the country to collect public testimony in response to its new proposal to curb oil and gas companies’ emissions. The hearings provided a chance for stakeholders in areas where the oil and gas industry has a footprint to voice their concerns and perspectives.[read more]

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate in His U.S. Visit

September 29, 2015 by Henry Auer

Pope Francis and Climate Policy

Pope Francis's recent visit to the United States addressed the issue of global warming as a worldwide concern on several occasions. He stressed that we have to begin now, acting in concert, to stabilize the planet and improve our common home, the earth in its entirety.[read more]

What the Editorials Say about the Clean Power Plan

August 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its final version of the Clean Power Plan this week ... and the reviews are in from America's editorial boards. By my review through Thursday morning, the count was 39-6 in favor of the federal plan to reduce carbon pollution and related ill health effects.[read more]

Broad Support for the U.S. Climate Change Commitment

April 12, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Recently the White House submitted its formal proposal to cut United States emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This commitment would have great impact in terms of catalyzing action by other nations, especially large emitters like China and India.[read more]

Electricity Saving Campaign in Brazil Obscures Energy Challenges

March 19, 2015 by Anthony Venezia

Brazil and Energy Challenges

The once electric buzz surrounding the prospect of Brazil as an emerging market powerhouse is no more. International investors are losing their taste for the country and it’s weakening economy, remarkable considering just a few short years ago Brazil was heralded as a harbinger of a new global economic order.[read more]

The Divestment Distraction and a Positive Vision of Sustainability

March 17, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Actions like stopping a pipeline or fossil fuel divestment come from a view of environmental protection as damage control. While prevention is necessary, we also need sustainability to incorporate a positive vision and a set of lifestyle choices that reduce damage while delivering a high quality of life.[read more]

Washington Post: President Obama is Lying About the Keystone Pipeline

March 9, 2015 by Robert Rapier

When President Obama vetoed a bill that would have sped up the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, he repeated several false claims which were in direct contradiction to the U.S. State Department assessment of the project. The Washington Post took him to task on these claims.[read more]

How Can Nuclear Energy Build Trust in a Time When Denying Science is Rampant?

February 24, 2015 by Milton Caplan

Science and the Nuclear Industry

Building trust in science is a task that goes well beyond the nuclear industry. Yes, scientists have much work to do to build that trust with the public and government, but governments must then ensure that they use science as a basis for policy.[read more]


Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Bioenergy

February 23, 2015 by Schalk Cloete

Bioenergy and Discussing Internalized Costs

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of bioenergy. Please chip in with your opinion so that we can gather a statistically significant sample size and get a meaningful indication of the current consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

Nuclear Energy: The Sixty-Year Pitch

February 18, 2015 by Peter Dykstra

Nuclear Energy Planning and History

In 1954, Atomic Energy Commission Chair Lewis Strauss envisioned a day when “our children will enjoy in their homes electrical energy too cheap to meter.” Strauss was placing his bets on nuclear fusion, which, sixty years later, is still on the drawing board. And the meters are still ticking away.[read more]

Atomic Balm: Some Prominent Environmental Veterans are Talking up Nuclear Power as a Climate Change Solution

February 16, 2015 by Peter Dykstra

Environmentalism and Considering Nuclear

In recent years, some major science and environmental players have come forward to endorse nuclear power. Former EPA Administrator and Obama climate czar Carol Browner, for examples, signed up for the newest effort to sell nuke plants, the year-old Nuclear Matters, founded by electric giant Exelon in 2014.[read more]

Why (Some) People Don't Believe in Climate Science

February 14, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Denial and Human Behavior

Why is it so hard to wrap our brains around global warming? It’s a hoax, it’s the sun, it’s scientists after grant money, it’s a play for world domination. One thing is clear, facts don’t matter. A climate change narrative based solely on facts hasn’t worked and won’t work. Why is this?[read more]

Beyond Technology Tribalism

February 11, 2015 by Alex Trembath

Tribalism is the biggest problem with clean energy debates today. Support for one tech is interpreted as opposition to another, and attempts to grapple with any tech’s challenges are dismissed as trolling. Getting past this requires honest engagement on the promises and perils of different technological pathways.[read more]

Off-Grid Solar Power for Rural India: What Say the Customers?

January 7, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

In the past five years, off-grid solar power as a strategy of rural electrification has become a popular idea — and for a good reason. And while off-grid solar power is far from replacing grid extension as the main mode of rural electrification, it can no longer be dismissed as a trivial strategy.[read more]