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]

California Senators to Vote on a Fracking Moratorium This Week

May 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California and Fracking Legislation

This week, the California Senate is expected to vote on whether to impose a moratorium on fracking and acidizing until the state studies the risks and determines whether these heavy industrial extraction processes can—or even should—be allowed to continue.[read more]

Types of Carbon Pricing, Part 3 of 3

May 15, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

The benefits of hybrid schemes include elements of both quantity and price management, with implications for the design of carbon pricing schemes around the world. In practice most carbon pricing schemes are to some extent already hybrids, but here a preferred form of hybrid is suggested.[read more]

New Jersey Is the Latest State to Try to Run Tesla Off the Road

March 16, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be in hot water over who knew what when regarding the bridge lane closures on the George Washington Bridge last September, but it is the latest transportation-related maneuver by his administration that has people protesting.[read more]

Authors of California Fracking Law Strike Unprecedented Middle Ground

September 27, 2013 by Michael Higham

California Fracking Compromise

On the night of September 20, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 4, the state’s first move toward comprehensive regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The new law does not let fracking go unregulated, but it does not place a moratorium on the practice.[read more]

Time To Reform US Ethanol Policy

June 21, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

This April, two separate bills were introduced in the US House of Representatives to reform, or repeal, the federal Renewable Fuel Standard that mandates how much ethanol and other biofuels must be blended into gasoline.[read more]

Dangerous Precedent or Slippery Slope?

June 13, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

Clear Cutting for Wind Energy


The governor of Vermont last year established the “Energy Generating Siting Policy Commission,” after citizens protested a proposed wind farm, to evaluate how much local input should be required in energy siting decisions.[read more]

Can Illinois Legislation Establish Fracking Regulations?

February 24, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Illinois is on track to go where no push for hydraulic fracturing has gone before in the U.S.: a consensus on how to regulate the controversial practice of fracking.[read more]

Federal coal plant announcement another government greenwashing exercise

June 25, 2010 by Tyler Hamilton

Another day, another cunning PR move by the federal Conservative government. Just days before the G20 summit in Toronto, and after much criticism about being inactive on the environment and climate-change policy in particular, Canada’s Environment Minister Jim Prentice announced plans to regulate coal-fired power generation in the...[read more]

Obama: Sitting out the climate war

June 8, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Talking about the Gulf oil disaster in a speech last week at Carnegie Mellon University, President Obama said we need an energy-and-climate bill because the only way the transition to clean energy will ultimately succeed is if the private sector is fully invested in this future — if capital comes off the sidelines and the ingenuity of...[read more]

Help! I'm a prisoner in the Senate Office Building!

June 4, 2009 by William Tucker

Dear Energy Collective Readers, Just thought you might like to know why you haven't seen anything from me in the past two weeks.  I am both regretful and happy to report that I won't be able to write for The Energy Collective anymore (or for The American Spectator or The Infrastructuralist or Platts or any of the other blogs I...[read more]

Swing-vote Snowe on Reid ‘mega-bill’ strategy: “You give people plenty of reasons to vote against this” by combining energy and climate legislation

March 6, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Apparently Henry Waxman (D-CA) has sold both Harry Reid (D-NV) and the White House on the strategy of having a mega-bill that combines climate and energy legislation. This post explains why I believe that is both a tactical and strategic mistake. E&E News PM (subs. req’d) reports tonight: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)...[read more]

The Senate Produces No Volunteers for a Suicide Mission

August 4, 2008 by MarkLazen

A NYTimes editorial today decries the Senate's ineptitude in grappling with the nation's energy crisis.Of course, the NYTimes is right--the competing nostrums offered by Democrats and Republicans are equally misguided. Neither opening new areas to drilling or a crusade against mostly imaginary speculators is going to have a significant...[read more]

My Drilling Proposal is on the Table

July 29, 2008 by Robert Rapier

I said I wasn't going to update until Wednesday, but have a little free time this morning. Imagine my surprise to read this headline today:Senate Democrats offer deal to break energy bill standstillTurns out they are proposing the same deal that I proposed in my essay from last week on coming to a compromise on the drilling question:...[read more]

The Fault of the Government

June 27, 2008 by Robert Rapier

I have long maintained that the root of our energy problems in the U.S. stems from our failure to enact a consistent, long-term energy policy. Big energy projects generally take years to complete, and when there is an extra risk that the government will change the rules halfway through the project, companies are going to take a very...[read more]