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Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

April 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.[read more]

Obama's Climate Agenda Is in Trouble: Here's How to Save It

April 16, 2015 by Abigail Barnes
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Obama's Climate Agenda

Last month, the names of a randomly selected three-judge panel were released in a case called Murray Energy Corp. v. EPA – and these three conservative-leaning judges now have the power to determine the fate of the EPA’s most important rule ever: the Clean Power Plan.[read more]

Energy 24/7: Are Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Myth or Reality? [PODCAST]

April 14, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Stranded energy assets in oil and gas will not happen merely because of climate change. It is happening as we speak because a number of potentially disrupting events are all converging on one point: our use of hydrocarbons. Some of the challenges are due to climate and some are not.[read more]

A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

April 14, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Clean Energy Needs

China’s commitment to nuclear power is strong and unwavering. An important reason for this rapid expansion is the need for clean air. Pollution in China is a real and everyday problem for its large population. The Chinese see nuclear power as path to ultimately reducing their need to burn coal.[read more]

U.S. Climate Target Encourages Others to Put Best Foot Forward

April 10, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

The U.S. pushed strongly for getting climate targets on the table well ahead of this year’s Paris negotiation, arguing that exposing countries’ offerings to a bit of scrutiny would encourage them to “put their best foot forward.” With the formal submission of its intended target, the U.S. has arguably done just that.[read more]

U.S. Remained World's Largest Producer of Petroleum and Natural Gas Hydrocarbons in 2014

April 10, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

U.S. Fuel Production

The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2014, according to U.S. EIA estimates. U.S. hydrocarbon production continues to exceed that of both Russia and Saudi Arabia, the second- and third-largest producers, respectively.[read more]

While Coal Loses Nearly 50,000 Jobs, Wind and Solar Add 79,000

April 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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As coal plants are shuttered due to increasing regulation and competition from cheap natural gas and renewables, coal industry jobs are being shed, losing nearly 50,000. During the same period, wind and solar added about 79,000 jobs and natural gas tacked on more than 94,000 jobs.[read more]

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Naomi Klein Undervalues the Potential of the EU's Cap-and-Trade Plan to Curb CO2

April 9, 2015 by Emil Dimantchev
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Examining the Value of the EU's Cap-and-Trade

Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" dismisses cap-and-trade as a climate policy tool despite historical evidence that the policy can reduce CO2 emissions. But for cap-and-trade to work, it needs the public to convince lawmakers to design it properly.[read more]

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility

April 7, 2015 by Benjamin Franta

Those who are serious about the risks of climate change should base their analyses on reason and evidence, not on rhetoric. And both reason and evidence strongly suggest that we need to be serious about efforts to divest from fossil fuels.[read more]

Do Corporations Cry Wolf?: Comparing What Companies Tell Regulators With What They Tell Investors

April 7, 2015 by James Coleman
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Corporations Crying Wolf on Regulations?

It’s often said that corporations, “Cry Wolf,” falsely predicting that rules will be very costly. So when industry says that new regulations such as the Clean Power Plan will be unworkable, many suggest that regulators should just ignore those warnings. But the problem with crying wolf is that there are real wolves.[read more]

How Should National Contributions be Measured?

April 7, 2015 by David Hone

Emissions and Contributions

The last days of March saw the start of submissions of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC. The United States, Switzerland, European Union, Mexico and Russia have all met the requested deadline of the end of Q1 2015.[read more]

As Sea Level Rise Accelerates, Buying Shorefront Property Becomes a Game of Musical Chairs

April 5, 2015 by Ivy Main
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Sea Level Rise and Risk

Sea level rise may not cause widespread flooding until later in this century or into the next one, but real estate deals involve long timelines: the useful life of a new house or a commercial building can be at least fifty years, while an infrastructure project might last a hundred years or more.[read more]

Why Coal Should Not Be Saved

April 3, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland
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Moving Away from Coal

Coal had a good ride. It has been a workhorse in electric power generation, accounting for an average of 52 percent of the nation’s electricity from 1920 to 1985. But since then coal has steadily lost significant market share, first to nuclear and more recently to natural gas and wind.[read more]

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Key Challenges to Energy Access in the Developing World [VIDEO]

April 1, 2015 by Patricia Levi
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Developing World Energy Access

Two videos that were compiled from a discussion panel on the subject of energy for human development illustrate many of the key themes and challenges that are involved in providing better and more reliable energy access to developing countries.[read more]