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The Politics of EPA Bashing Counter-Productive to Industry's Safety Goals

September 16, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Instead of spending money on a twitter campaign bashing the EPA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce might take a lesson from the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and play a similar constructive role in encouraging its members to self-police for safety and environmental protection.[read more]

New England Natural Gas Market 'Not Taking Full Advantage of Available Infrastructure'

September 15, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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New England and the Natural Gas Market

When temperatures plummeted across the Northeast last winter, spot natural gas prices along the Eastern Seaboard spiked to eye-popping levels causing many to call for additional pipeline capacity. However, as is often the case with energy issues, the situation is more complex than it may first appear.[read more]

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EPA Carbon Standard Compliance Strategies, Part 2: Industrial Proven Technology Solutions and Estimated Costs

September 15, 2014 by John Miller
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EPA Regs and How to Comply

The new EPA carbon standard should reduce U.S. Power Sector total annual emissions by 30% during 2005-2030. Which technologies are most likely to be used to meet the new carbon standard by 2030 and what will be the costs for future Consumers?[read more]

Cleaning China's Smoggy Skies: China Released Draft Air Pollution Law Amendments for Public Comment

September 15, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

On Tuesday, September 9th, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council released the first draft of the highly-anticipated revisions to the national Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law, providing hope that blue skies won’t always be fleeting in China's future.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'They’re Not Ghost Towns Anymore...'

September 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Fracking and Communities

What does the term “fracking” mean to you? Chances are there are numerous answers to that question because the term has vaulted into US vernacular and political debates virtually overnight, along with the astonishing domestic oil and gas production increases to which hydraulic fracturing is directly related.[read more]

The Era of Big Dams is Still Over, Even With the Water Bond

September 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Dams and the Water Bond

 

The potential for new water storage in California is in the news because of Proposition 1, the $7.5 billion water bond on California’s November ballot, which includes $2.7 billion for new groundwater and surface storage, and an additional $800M for groundwater remediation projects.[read more]

An Energy-Related Reason Why U.S. Healthcare Outcomes are Awful

September 12, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy and Health

Back in January 2013, the US Institute of Medicine published a report called U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. This poor health outcome for US citizens is in spite of the US spending twice as much as a percentage of GDP on healthcare as other high-income nations.[read more]

Court Ruling Could Require BP to Pay Billions in Fines for Gulf Oil Spill Restoration

September 12, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

BP Liability

A federal judge ruled last Thursday that BP acted with “gross negligence” in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This decision could result in the company paying an estimated $18 billion in fines. And the vast majority of that money must be spent on restoring the environment and coastal communities devastated by the spill.[read more]

On Becoming an Ecomodernist

September 11, 2014 by Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus
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Ecomodernism and Meaning

The last few years have seen the emergence of a new environmental movement that offers a positive vision of our environmental future, rejects Romantic ideas about nature, and embraces advanced technologies like nuclear power and GMOs, as necessary to reducing humankind’s ecological footprint.[read more]

Here's How Global Warming Is Already Worsening Extreme Deluges In The U.S.

September 11, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Warming and Raining

One of the most robust of recent scientific findings is the direct connection between global warming and more extreme deluges and rainfall events. Scientists have observed a sharp jump in monster one- and two-day rainstorms in this country.[read more]

Retrofitting Mahindra Towers: ESCO Model Enables Energy Efficiency Savings in India

September 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Tower Retrofit

More than ever, people are flocking to India’s cities, where increasing standards of living and rapid urbanization are causing enormous strain on the country’s energy supplies. At the same time, 400 million people in India lack any access to reliable power.[read more]

Learning from the Era of American Environmental Leadership

September 10, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This past week, I had the honor of attending a new class at Columbia taught by Tom Jorling and Leon Billings on the origins of American environmental law. They are teaching this course to make certain that students do not lose heart and think that it is impossible for the U.S. to lead the world to a more sustainable future.[read more]

Is it Really Necessary to Have a Deep Geologic Repository for Used Nuclear Fuel?

September 10, 2014 by Rod Adams
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It’s time to give the United States nuclear enterprise permission to quit trying to site a deep geologic repository for used nuclear fuel. We’ve invested tens of billions of dollars, yet we are farther from the goal today than we were when I graduated from college in 1981.[read more]

Taking Action on Climate Change in Latin American Cities Helps Meet Development Goals

September 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate change is portrayed as an environmental issue, but in regions like Latin America, it’s actually also a development issue. Across the region important economic sectors and resources are highly vulnerable to climate disruptions, and low-income and rural communities are disproportionately affected.[read more]

Explaining Iowa's Credit for Early Action under the Clean Power Plan

September 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Iowa and the Clean Power Plan

Iowa’s target under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon pollution by 16% by 2030. Iowa would reduce emissions from existing power plants from 1,552 to 1,301 lbs/MWh (the amount of carbon emitted per each unit of power produced).[read more]