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Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Significantly Increase Carbon Emissions? The Numbers Behind the KXL Debate [UPDATED]

February 3, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

The State Department released an updated final environmental impact statement for Keystone XL that buoyed the hopes of pipeline advocates and opponents alike and gave Secretary of State John Kerry and President Barack Obama considerable leeway to make their final decision on the project.[read more]

Will the Keystone XL Pipeline Be Approved? New State Department Environmental Report Buoys Both Sides

February 3, 2014 by Elana Schor

The State Department gave hope to both sides of Keystone XL debate in a report that made few changes to its earlier conclusion, that rejecting the pipeline would not stop development of the emissions-intensive Canadian oil sands, while staying mum on the overarching impact of the controversial project.[read more]

Obama: Keystone Jobs A Blip, Pipeline Might Raise Gas Prices

July 30, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Keystone Pipeline Problems

In his big June climate speech, president Obama said he would approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline only if it “does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution.” In an interview with The New York Times this week, Obama repeated that point.[read more]


Energy Chat: The Ins and Outs of President Obama's New Climate Change Plan [VIDEO]

June 29, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

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In an #EnergyChat with Jesse Jenkins, I discuss the major elements of the President’s Climate Change speech and proposed climate strategy. I also run through the key takeaways on the new White House climate strategy.[read more]

Obama and the New Climate Change Paradigm

President Obama’s big climate speech at Georgetown University earlier this week was in many way historic, but not for the reasons many observers and commentators have suggested.[read more]


Obama's Race to the Top: Model for Fostering Energy Innovation?

April 11, 2013 by Clifton Yin

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The relatively modest $200 million grid modernization Race to the Top would be the first of its kind for energy and could be an interesting pilot project for using similar policy models to bridge the gap between energy research and the market.[read more]

The Fight Against Chinese Green Mercantilism Continues

December 5, 2012 by Clifton Yin

Last month, the United States International Trade Commission voted to uphold tariffs on solar panels imported from China. The Commerce Department had imposed the tariffs earlier this year in response to China’s heavy subsidization of domestic solar PV manufacturers. However, while the move is welcome, it is important to recognize that is...[read more]

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

November 9, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision.Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful...[read more]

Americans Elect a Leader on Clean Energy, Clean Air and Climate Action

November 7, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

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Energy issues figured prominently in this election. Candidates mentioned it frequently on the stump and it was among the top three topics discussed in campaign ads. Yet despite the dirty ad blitzes and the anti-environmental policy proposals, voters rejected this outdated vision for our country.[read more]

Foreign Policy: Why Bloomberg Endorsed Obama

November 2, 2012 by Gernot Wagner

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When it rains, it pours. First came Sandy, the incarnation of the Rumsfeldian “unknown unknowns.” Then came the political hurricane, with three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsing Barack Obama for his second.Bloomberg’s endorsement is unusual for a number of reasons, not least because the famously tri...[read more]

Energy and Real Job Creation

September 8, 2012 by Mark Green

Listening to President Obama’s convention speech, it’s hard to avoid the thought that if his administration had adopted pro-development energy policies a few years ago – clearing the way for America’s oil and natural gas industry to find new resources, create 1 million new jobs by 2020 and stimulate the larger economy – he wouldn’t be...[read more]

Konarka Technologies Files for Bankruptcy

June 6, 2012 by Nathanael Baker


Konarka Technologies, a developer of thin-film solar panels, has filed for bankruptcy and will begin to liquidate its assets immediately.The failure of Massachusetts-based company will lead to 85 employees losing their jobs, and another perceived black eye for America's solar industry.In a statement, Howard Berke, Konarka's CEO explained...[read more]

Siemens Employee Highlighted During “State of the Union” Address

January 31, 2012 by Sheila Oliva

During his State of the Union Address to Congress on January 24, 2012, President Barack Obama recognized Siemens Energy as an example of how investing in manufacturing and innovative technologies can create jobs and build a strong America.An example of such job creation was highlighted via our own Jackie Bray, who was seated in a place...[read more]

Chu: Oil Demand, Prices Make Keystone XL “A Trade Off”

September 23, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

The Keystone XL pipeline proposal is one of the most controversial energy issues facing America today, roiling the energy industry and bringing protests to the White House’s front step. Supporters say it would provide a secure source of energy and jobs, but opponents say oil-sands crude will threaten fragile ecosystems and worsen global warming. The Obama Administration hasn’t yet made its decision, but comments by cabinet members, including Energy Secretary Steven Chu, hint at an approval.[read more]

Widespread Energy and Environment Fallout Expected from U.S. Debt Deal

August 4, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

When President Obama signed into law a compromise plan to increase the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling this week, he authorized nearly $2.5 trillion in cuts over the next decade. This massive budget reduction means numerous government agencies and funding programs are the chopping block, but what will it mean for energy and environment funding? energyNOW! interviewed National Journal reporter Coral Davenport to discuss the new reality of environmental and energy-related cuts.[read more]