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Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[read more]

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U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 2: Mitigating Future Energy Security Risks from Large Imports Disruptions

December 17, 2014 by John Miller

Uranium Security and Supply Risk Prevention

In the previous ‘U.S. Uranium Supplies, Part 1’ report we covered current-future World & U.S. Nuclear Power generation, primary sources of nuclear fuels, and the growing risks to imported supplies. Here we will cover promising policies and strategies for mitigating future potential uranium fuel imports disruption risks.[read more]

No Easy Answers When Disposing of Oil and Gas Wastewater

December 17, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Wastewater Disposal Policy

We all want easy answers. And the harder the question, the easier we want the answer to be. Increased natural gas use can help decrease emissions as it has a lower carbon content compared to coal or oil. But these benefits mean nothing if the communities where gas is produced suffer air and water pollution.[read more]

On the Meaning of Existence (and Power Plant Emissions)

December 17, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Emissions and Existence

We don’t shy away from addressing the deep questions in energy and environmental economics. With this post, we tackle the very meaning of existence (with respect to power plants regulated under proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards).[read more]

Finding the Way to Paris from Lima

December 16, 2014 by David Hone

With the choice of a high road and a low road from Lima to Paris, the Parties seem to have selected the dirt track off to the side, replete with rocks, obstacles, difficult terrain and an uncertain destination. However, the map they have crafted in Lima does at least have clear pointers to the outcome actually needed.[read more]

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Thoughts on Climate Change After Crossing Asia

December 16, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Climate Change Views in Asia

Six months after leaving Istanbul, and cycling 5,500 miles, we reached the coast of China, thus officially crossing Asia with our bicycles. In addition to enjoying the open road and making friends with farmers, yak herders, and businessmen, we've talked to people we've met along the way about climate change.[read more]

TransCanada's Other Pipeline Problem: Can Provinces Impose Conditions on Energy East?

December 16, 2014 by Martin Olszynski

On the heels of a unanimous vote of non-confidence by Quebec’s legislature in the National Energy Board, that province’s Environment Minister sent a letter to TransCanada with seven conditions the company must meet before the province accepts the Quebec portion of the company’s Energy East pipeline.[read more]

COP 20: Why Lima Was So Tough

December 15, 2014 by Elliot Diringer
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It was clear heading into the U.N. climate change conference in Lima that countries would punt all the toughest issues until next year in Paris, when a grand new global deal is due. So why did it take more than 30 hours beyond the conference deadline to deliver something so modest?[read more]

Illinois Legislators Pledge Support for EPA's Proposed Carbon Regulations

December 14, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and State Political Support

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sorts through the more than 1.6 million comments received on its proposed Clean Power Plan, one group is stepping out to pledge its support of the landmark proposal. 53 Illinois legislators recently signed a letter urging the EPA to finalize the plan.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: The New Slogan for Action to Address Global Warming

December 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Global Warming Action

With the global climate talks in Lima, Peru almost done, climate observers are watching with baited breath to see how far countries get to hammering out a draft agreement that can be formalized next year in Paris. However, there are lots of steps being taken to address greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On NIMBY, Free Lunches, and Pipelines

December 13, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Pipeline Routes and Planning

Kinder Morgan is submitting a revised route for a natural gas pipeline designed to bring additional supplies of natural gas into Massachusetts, where gas and power prices spiked last winter due to a combination of physical supply issues and market factors. The company changed the route due to public opposition.[read more]

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Utility 2.0: New York Draws Lessons on Utility Regulation from Across the Pond

December 13, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

New York Energy Planning

When the New York Public Service Commission opened its historic “Reforming the Energy Vision” proceeding, it recognized that the way utility companies have been regulated is out of sync with innovations in technology, business realities, and evolving customer needs, including the need to reduce harmful pollution.[read more]

Dizzying Renewable Energy Price Declines Can Help States Meet Ambitious Carbon Targets Under The EPA's Clean Power Plan

December 12, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Thanks especially to the plummeting costs of solar and wind power, states can cost-effectively cut much more carbon than the EPA originally proposed this June. Wind and solar costs are now 46 percent lower than the EPA estimated in its draft proposal this summer.[read more]

60 Minutes on Coal Ash: Muted Outrage, Lots of Smiles and Nods

December 12, 2014 by Rod Adams
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Environmental Damage and Media Coverage

I’m not opposed to the political process and I recognize the important advantages to the adversarial system that is the foundation for our system of government. The nuclear industry needs to learn how to play the role that an industry is supposed to play in keeping regulatory reach and media coverage under control.[read more]

Western Governors: Cutting Oil, Gas Methane Good for States

December 12, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Governors and State Health

Recently the Western Governors’ Association joined a growing chorus of groups recognizing the importance of action to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. In addition to being the primary component of the natural gas sold at market, methane is a potent heat-trapping pollutant.[read more]