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Report Lays Out Five Ways the U.S. Can Cut Emissions While Boosting the Economy

October 15, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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Cutting the United States' greenhouse gas emissions that stoke climate change could save billions in energy costs and boost revenue for the natural gas industry, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute, a research organization that advocates for environmental sustainability.[read more]

A Common Energy-Saving Device that I've Never Seen in the United States

October 8, 2014 by Catherine Wolfram
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Building Energy Savings

I tend to think of the US as ahead of most of the rest of the world when it comes to energy efficiency. Our utilities are spending billions of dollars per year encouraging energy efficiency. But in France, Singapore and Kenya I've seen an energy-saving device that I’ve never seen in the US.[read more]

The Gathering Storm: U.S. Must Lead Action on Climate Change

September 26, 2014 by Daniel Kammen

We face a threat from climate disruption. And the U.S. must lead to a clean energy future and a healthier world. Or else the longer heat waves, prolonged drought, crop failures, rising seas, increased wildfires and floods, and natural systems crashing will create profoundly destabilizing effects.[read more]

U.S. Lags on Energy Efficiency, but Creative Communications can Help

September 6, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Efficiency and Communication

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently released the second edition of its International Energy Efficiency Scorecard, ranking the energy efficiency efforts of the world’s 16 largest economies. The report assigns each country a score.[read more]

Update on US Natural Gas, Coal, Nuclear, and Renewables

August 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Fuel, Electricity, and the US

United States natural gas production leveled off in 2013, because of the low level of US natural gas prices. In 2013, there was growth in gas production in Pennsylvania in the Marcellus, but many other states, including Texas, saw decreases in production.[read more]

Slight Uptick in U.S. New Vehicle Fuel Economy in July

August 11, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Fuel Economy Improvement

The University of Michigan Eco-Driving Index (EDI) estimates average monthly greenhouse gas emissions from an individual U.S. driver. The lower the index value the better. The EDI consists of fuel economy data and miles driven, the later of which is published with a two-month lag time.[read more]

Will Coal Exports Abroad Offset Hard-Won Carbon Reductions at Home?

July 29, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Coal Exports and Carbon Reduction

Many are hoping that the current U.S. commitment to reducing domestic emissions will provide the moral authority needed to negotiate international commitments next year in Paris. It is important to understand and account for the emissions implications of both our energy consumption and production.[read more]

Daniel Yergin: US Oil Output Helping Avert Crisis

July 22, 2014 by Edward Dodge
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US Oil Production and Crisis Aversion

Daviel Yergin stated that if not for the recent domestic boom in tight oil production the U.S. would be in trouble. “I’m convinced we’d be looking at an oil crisis,” he said. “We’d have panic in the public. We’d have inflamed congressional hearings and we’d have the U.S. economy falling back into a recession.”[read more]

Global Ranking for Energy Efficiency: US Near Bottom, Germany Near Top

July 21, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Many industry observers will not be surprised to find out that Germany outranks the U.S. in terms of energy efficiency, according to the second International Energy Efficiency Scorecard. But it’s not just the Germans that best the U.S. in this category.[read more]

Where The US Got Its Oil From in 2013

June 25, 2014 by Robert Rapier

As events in Iraq continue to unfold, we have been getting quite a few queries on just how much oil the US imports from Iraq. The Energy Information Administration tracks US oil imports and finished product exports, and I recently tabulated our Top 10 sources of crude oil imports from 2013.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Is the World a Better Place with a Solvent US?'

June 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson

US Solvency and Energy

While the domestic economic impacts associated with exporting US crude oil continue to be debated, other parts of the world analyze various ways in which increased US oil and gas exports could impact global, regional and local economies.[read more]

7 Reasons America Should Succeed On Climate Change

June 10, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Preparedness and Vulnerability

Predictions of what the US “will” do in the future are personal judgments on human nature and the political system. I understand why some people would be pessimistic. But the science makes clear inaction is not a rational option and that technology/economics makes clear that action is super cheap.[read more]

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America Versus China: The New Reality Of Global Energy

May 12, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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China and America and Global Energy

In 1999 the IEA predicted China's annual carbon dioxide emissions in the year 2020 would be 7,081 million tonnes. In the real world, i.e. not the one that exists in the spreadsheets of the IEA, China's carbon dioxide emissions had already reached 8,271 million tonnes by the year 2010.[read more]