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Let's Get to Work on a Strong Plan to Protect Floridians from Carbon Pollution

August 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Carbon Pollution Mitigation

Over the course of our campaign to encourage Florida Governor Rick Scott to develop a strong plan for meeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan standards, I have been heartened to hear about the efforts of so many in Florida to make reducing carbon pollution.[read more]

Chinese Coal Consumption Just Fell For The First Time This Century

August 19, 2014 by Justin Guay
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China and Coal Consumption

There may be a light at the end of the long dark tunnel of Chinese coal consumption: It appears China's coal boom is over. While positive signs have been emerging from China for well over a year, it appears the 'war on pollution' is not just talk.[read more]

As Coal Declines, U.S. Poised for Leadership in LNG Exports

August 18, 2014 by Lexie Briggs

Coal and LNG Exports

 

Just last year we noted that the U.S. was poised to become a major exporter of liquid natural gas. We saw another step in that direction as the DoE announced that it had conditionally authorized Oregon-based LNG Development Co., LLC to export LNG to countries without a Free Trade Agreement with the U.S.[read more]

Steam Coal Imports Remain Down Sharply from Historic High in 2007

August 17, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Steam Coal Imports

Steam coal imports at electric power plants have fallen significantly from their peak level of more than 30 million tons in 2007 to less than 7 million in 2013. The number of plants using imported coal similarly fell from a peak of 48 in 2006 to 13 in 2013.[read more]

Energy and the Economy: Twelve Basic Principles

August 16, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Economic Principles

There is a standard view of energy and the economy that can briefly be summarized as follows: Economic growth can continue forever; we will learn to use less energy supplies; energy prices will rise; and the world will adapt. My view of how energy and the economy fit together is very different.[read more]

EPA's State-by-State Carbon Limits Indicate Smart Policy, Not Arbitrary Rulemaking

August 15, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

State Regulations

In June, the EPA announced standards to limit carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Currently power plants emit 40% of U.S. carbon emissions, but under the proposed Clean Power Plan, the U.S. power sector will cut carbon pollution by 30% below 2005 levels.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: India is Increasingly Dependent on Imported Fossil Fuels as Demand Continues to Rise

August 15, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

India Fossil Fuel Imports

India's dependence on imported fossil fuels rose to 38% in 2012, despite the country having domestic fossil fuel resources. India ranked as the fourth-largest energy consumer in the world in 2011. The country's energy demand continues to climb as a result of its dynamic economic growth and modernization.[read more]

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Will CO2 Emission Standards Spur Carbon Capture Technology?

August 13, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Emissions Regulation and Carbon Capture

CO2 emissions standards for power plants in the United States, United Kingdom and elsewhere may not spur the use and development of carbon capture technology; tighter or looser standards would work better to drive technology adoption.[read more]

10 Reasons Why 2°C Will Be Tough to Achieve

August 13, 2014 by David Hone

A recent story in The Guardian expressed some optimism that “humans will rise to the challenge of climate change”. Ten reasons were given to be hopeful, but not one of them mentioned the climate basics such as a carbon price or carbon capture and storage.[read more]

Bakken Fuels North Dakota's Oil Production Growth

August 12, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Bakken and Production Growth

North Dakota crude oil production surpassed 1.0 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in April and May (the latest data available). This record is the result of increasing crude oil production from the Williston Basin's Bakken and Three Forks formations in North Dakota and eastern Montana.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Whatever Difficulties Arise this Winter, Gazprom is Helping you Prepare"

August 12, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Gazprom Energy Projects

Relations between Moscow and the West have deteriorated to the lowest levels since the Cold War over Russia’s aggression in Ukraine. Strict economic sanctions have been initiated by western governments and intergovernmental organizations against strategic sectors of Russia’s economy.[read more]

Canadians Deserve Honest Climate Talk

August 11, 2014 by Mark Jaccard

In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government asked me and four other economists if we agreed with its study showing huge costs for Canada to meet its Kyoto commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010. We all publicly agreed.[read more]

Marcellus Region Production Continues Growth

August 10, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Marcellus Region Production

Natural gas production in the Marcellus Region exceeded 15 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) through July, the first time ever recorded. The Marcellus Region is the largest producing shale gas basin in the United States, accounting for almost 40% of U.S. shale gas production.[read more]

Energy Production and Other Mining Account for a Large Percentage of Some State Economies

August 8, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

State Energy and State Economies

At the national level, establishments that extract crude oil and natural gas as well as naturally occurring mineral solids accounted for about 2% of the U.S. economy last year. In some states, though, the mining sector accounts for a much larger share of the economy.[read more]

The Missing Oil Crisis of 2014

August 7, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Several speakers at last month's annual EIA Energy Conference in Washington, DC reminded the audience that energy security extends beyond oil, starting with Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA).[read more]