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Benefits of Clean Power Plan Are Measureable, Drop for Drop

October 23, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Clean Power Plan Benefits

Since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan in June, the plan has been a hot topic in every state. In Texas alone, the state has held a joint regulatory agency hearing and two days of legislative hearings. Unfortunately, in both cases, the general tone of testimony was that of Chicken Little.[read more]

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

October 23, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Funding and Human Rights

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India.[read more]

The People's Climate March: Why You Can't Please All the People, All the Time

October 22, 2014 by Katharine Hayhoe
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I was sitting in church last Sunday. Someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around: it was an older lady I didn’t know very well, but her face was familiar. “I’m reading your book,” she whispered, “and I just wanted you to know it’s changed my mind about all this climate stuff. You just make so much more sense."[read more]

New Gas Plant Venture Aims at Carbon Capture From a Different Angle

October 21, 2014 by Christina Nunez
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Carbon capture and storage is often promoted as a way for coal power to be made “clean”: Projects such as the Kemper power plant in Mississippi and the Petra Nova project in Texas aim to trap the carbon dioxide and then store it into underground storage or into previously depleted wells to extract more oil.[read more]

Will the Export-Import Bank's Office of the Inspector General Ignore Human Rights Violations?

October 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Energy Development and Human Rights

Sudarshan Rajak disappeared under suspicious circumstances after protesting the relocation of families for Reliance Power's 4,000-megawatt Sasan coal project in Singrauli, India. Some of his neighbors believe he was in his house when it was bulldozed by Reliance.[read more]

Deniers Mistakenly Say that Global Warming Has Ended

October 20, 2014 by Henry Auer
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Climate Denial and Global Warming

The global average temperature has increased by about 0.7-0.8ºC over pre-industrial temps. A pause of annual global temperatures began after 1997 even though the atmospheric concentration of CO2 continued to increase. Global warming deniers have seized on this to say that warming of the Earth has ended.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone
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Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

Energy Master Limited Partnerships Go Mainstream: Baird's Ethan Bellamy

October 18, 2014 by Jim Patrick

Ethan Bellamy specializes in the analysis of master limited partnerships at Robert W. Baird & Co. He was director of research for the Lehman Brothers MLP Opportunity Fund, where he was responsible for fundamental analysis and due diligence in public, PIPE and pre-IPO investments in natural resources.[read more]

The Planet Just Had Its Hottest September On Record

October 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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September Temp Record

Last month was the warmest September globally since records began being kept in 1880, NASA reported. January through September data have 2014 already at the third warmest on record. Projections by NOAA make clear 2014 is taking aim at hottest year on record.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Net Energy Imports as Share of Consumption at Lowest Level in 29 Years

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

Energy Imports and Consumption

U.S. net imports of energy as a share of energy consumption fell to their lowest level in 29 years for the first six months of 2014. Energy consumption in the first half of 2014 was 3% above consumption during the first six months of 2013, but consumption growth was outpaced by increases in total energy production.[read more]

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

October 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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India Growth and Planning

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh gave a talk at MIT entitled “The Growth Imperative: Plotting a Sustainable Energy Future for India.” Ramesh drew on his years of experience as a leader in the Indian government to discuss India's energy policies and plans.[read more]

Will a Dirty Coal Plant in Kosovo Spoil the Clean Energy Record of Dr. Kim and World Bank?

October 16, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Kosovo and Coal Plants

For the fourth year in a row, the World Bank's investments are coal-free. But the real test of the strength of this commitment to carbon divestment will come when the bank decides whether or not to fund the Kosovo C coal-fired power plant in Kosovo.[read more]

North Carolina is Well-Positioned for the EPA's Clean Power Plan

October 15, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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North Carolina and the Clean Power Plan

A majority of Americans endorse setting limits on carbon emissions from the nation's power plants, which account for the single largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S. The United States is on the verge of doing just that with EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Costing Damages from Climate Change Offers Only a Partial Guide to Choice of Policy

October 15, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Many of the costs of climate change are omitted from models, essentially assuming that they are zero. For example, knock-on effects, such as regional conflict from the migration of refugees, are often not modeled, but may be among the largest costs of climate change.[read more]

The Multibillion Dollar Question: How to Spend Carbon Revenues?

October 14, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Carbon Revenue Spending

Debates over carbon pricing policies tend to focus on the costs imposed on firms and households. When a carbon tax or cap and trade program is introduced, firms see energy-related operating costs rise, drivers pay more at the pump, households see the prices of energy, and energy-intensive goods, tick up.[read more]