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Environmental Policy

"Greens" fighting Pebble mine are helping Rio Tinto, Anglo-American and BHP Billiton

May 22, 2015 by Rod Adams
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EPA and Mining Projects

On February 28, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a preemptive veto of the Pebble project, citing its authority under Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act. That action was initiated even though the developers had not yet filed a permit request[read more]

Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Pipelines and the Coastal Environment

This spill in Santa Barbara uncovers the gap between industry's rhetoric and reality, revealing risks associated with oil transportation infrastructure, the poor record of leak detection technology, and the inadequacy of spill response[read more]

DC Water Announces New Proposal to Clean Up Rivers Using Green Infrastructure Instead of Tunnels

May 22, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Green Infrastructure and Cleaner Waterways

Washington DC's water and sewer utility will use green infrastructure to catch rainfall and prevent sewage overflows into the Potomac River and Rock Creek instead of building the underground tunnels it had originally planned.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]

Where are the Unicorns?

May 21, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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Changing Energy and Risk

While companies are rushing to take credit for commercial production of cellulosic ethanol, a look at the numbers released by the EPA recently tells a different story. They warn of very high capital costs per actual gallon of production — a recipe for commercial failure.[read more]

More Steps Towards Paris

May 21, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Framework

Substantial progress is being made towards a good coverage of INDC submissions by the time of the Paris COP, although many eyes will now be turning to the emerging economies for the real signal with regards tackling global emissions. Mexico has made a good start in that regard.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for May and June [VIDEO]

May 21, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the EU's internal energy market, and the G7 energy ministers meeting in Hamburg.[read more]

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

Nuclear Agency: Nuclear Power Will Play Only A Modest Role In Stopping Climate Change

May 20, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

Nuclear power can play a modest, but important, role in avoiding catastrophic global warming, if it can solve its various problems including high construction cost without sacrificing safety. That is the conclusion of a report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).[read more]

Which Technologies Will Make New York's Energy Vision a Reality?

May 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Planning New York's Energy Future

In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a bold new model of the electrical utility system and energy markets called Reforming the Energy Vision to eliminate electricity peaks in summer and better value efficiency and distributed resources at the grid edge.[read more]

Innovation Supporting Intermediaries Needed in Advancing Low Energy Building and Housing

May 20, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

As buildings throughout their lifecycle account for around 40% of total energy use in Europe (with over half by residential buildings), reducing the energy demand of the existing building stock and increasing non-carbon micro-generation in connection to buildings is crucial.[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

Lessons of the Move from Hybrids Back to SUVs

May 19, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The shift in consumer attitudes from the purchase of hybrid vehicles back to large and gas guzzling SUVs due to the recent drop in gas prices demonstrates that mass behaviors that lead to a sustainable and renewable economy will not come from a simple desire to protect the environment.[read more]

Solar in the Circular Economy: A New Business Model

May 19, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier
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Solar Economics

Solar is great. It is an abundant, free, and omnipresent source of energy. We just need to convert it into a form of energy we can use: heating, cooling, or electricity. The only problem is that in order to convert it, we need to manufacture specific equipment (collectors, panels, inverters), and that is costly.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer

President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]