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Strong Federal Endorsement Could Spur First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm to Begin Construction This Year

July 6, 2014 by Kit Kennedy
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Federal Wind Project Support

News out from the federal Department of Energy suggests a promising future for U.S. offshore wind power. The agency announced it is backing the Cape Wind project in Massachusetts—long expected to be the nation’s first utility-scale offshore wind farm—with a $150 million loan guarantee.[read more]

Obama Administration Starts the New Year with More Climate Action

January 11, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Obama Administration and Climate Change

2014 has kicked off with welcome progress in the fight against climate change. On Wednesday, the Obama Administration published limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. This step confirms the President’s National Climate Action plan is on track to deliver climate solutions in 2014.[read more]

Power Africa or Power Oil and Gas Profits?

September 12, 2013 by Justin Guay
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Africa and Energy

Slowly but surely one of the most pressing development issues facing the international community, energy poverty, is getting the recognition it deserves. President Obama announced a signature initiative, Power Africa, to address the issue with $7 billion in US Taxpayer dollars.[read more]

Action on Climate Change Will Still Be a State Affair

June 27, 2013 by Katherine Tweed
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As many who work in cleantech or environmental circles probably noticed, a warm, fuzzy feeling was palpable on Tuesday as Obama delivered a long-awaited address about how his administration plans to tackle climate change.[read more]

Ethanol Biofuels Mandate On Alert

May 16, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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Texas Rep. Pete Olson, along with more than a dozen cosponsors reintroduced legislation this week that would permit natural gas-based ethanol to compete with corn-based ethanol for a federal biofuels mandate.[read more]

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Which Government Policies and Other Factors Have Reduced U.S. Carbon Emissions?

April 17, 2013 by John Miller
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US carbon emissions

Clean energy supplies have reduced U.S. carbon emissions by levels greater than most Developed countries. Which Government policies and other factors have contributed most towards reduced U.S. carbon emissions?[read more]

Can Federal Gov't Achieve Obama's Energy Efficiency Goal?

February 18, 2013 by Comly Wilson

There are some inherent difficulties that the federal government will have to overcome to achieve Obama's goals of energy efficiency.[read more]

Terry Engelder on the Federal Role in the Shale Gas Revolution

January 6, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

As a part of the Breakthrough Institute's in-depth investigation of shale gas extraction and the role of the federal government in the development of many of the key enabling technologies, we interviewed Terry Engelder, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and one of Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers. Dr. Engelder has authored...[read more]

President’s Budget Backs Climate Change Action

February 3, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama’s FY2011 budget proposal reiterates his commitment to creating jobs and strengthening our economy by building a clean energy future, and his determination to combat climate change through international agreements, comprehensive new climate and energy legislation, and action under the Clean Air Act.  The message comes...[read more]

President Obama Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for Federal Operations

January 31, 2010 by Matt Dernoga

Good to see his executive order is finally being implemented.  Press release President Obama Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target for Federal Operations Target to Drive Energy Cost Reductions in Federal Operations, Creating Clean Energy Jobs WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama today announced that the Federal...[read more]

Citizens United, competing free speech, and “associations of citizens”

January 24, 2010 by Lynne Kiesling

I’ve spent the past several hours reading the Supreme Court’s opinion in Citizens United vs. the FEC; the document is available at the Supreme Court web site, and I encourage anyone who has an opinion about or interest in political expression and freedom of speech to read it. In other words, every American citizen, and our republic,...[read more]

Setting a leadership path: Obama Executive Order on Federal Energy

October 5, 2009 by A Siegel

Somewhat hidden to most Americans (on purpose), the Bush Administration’s Executive Order 13423 was perhaps the best energy-related action taken by George W Bush. It set meaningful energy efficiency targets and created paths for more effective energy management across the federal government. Today, President Barack Obama signed an...[read more]

Qteros: Turning mud to big money

July 1, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Can we find a clean, planet-friendly fuel to power our cars? Electric cars will take a decade, at least, to have a majorimpact on climate change, while corn ethanol has a slew of well-documented problems. Investors and the government are increasingly focused on so-called next-generation biofuels, which turn sustainable feedstocks (not...[read more]

American Exceptionalism and the Energy Challenge: Proposing a New Paradigm in Energy Research

February 10, 2009 by Henry Gentenaar

America occupies a special niche among nations. As Seymour Martin Lipset, grand political thinker, wrote, America is an exceptional place (as in unique and different).  One of the many things that defines American exceptionalism is that good ideas can sprout from anywhere along its vast political, social and economic ecosystem and...[read more]

Wall Street’s freak out

September 19, 2008 by Lou Grinzo

Because the overall state of the financial markets is just as pervasive (and sometimes perverse) a factor influencing virtually everything in modern life, kind of like energy, in fact, I think it’s worth front-paging a little discussion of it even on this site. For those who haven’t noticed, the US federal government is in the process of...[read more]