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Latest EIA Report Shows Marked Increase in U.S. CO2 Emissions

September 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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U.S. Emissions Growth

As the World Meteorological Organization recently reported, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have risen to record levels. In line with this report is the latest Monthly Energy Review from the U.S. Energy Information Administration finding that U.S. CO2 emissions have reversed their downward trend.[read more]

European Nations are Increasing Electricity Generation Using No-Carbon Sources

September 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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European Energy Generation

Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with nuclear generation, mean that many European countries generate a large share of their electricity from no-carbon sources.[read more]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]

Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

September 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Federal Standards on Emissions

This past march, President Obama laid out his Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, where he announced that the EPA will decide by this fall how best to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. Here are five reasons why reducing methane is a national priority.[read more]

Record Greenhouse Gases Continue to Accumulate in the Atmosphere

September 24, 2014 by Henry Auer
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Carbon Accumulation

The world’s climate is affected by the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs), which continued unabated over the course of 2013. GHGs in the atmosphere preferentially retain heat radiating from the earth’s surface and prevent its escape to space.[read more]

The Most Consumed Fuel by State

September 24, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Fuel Consumption by State

In 49 of 50 states, fossil fuels were the most consumed fuel. South Carolina was the single exception, where nuclear power was the most consumed fuel. And coal consumption predominates in states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Wyoming, while unsurprisingly oil is the most consumed fuel in Texas.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: A Disturbing Climate March Observation

September 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Fracking, Activism, and Public Attention

The People’s Climate March in New York City drew an estimated 310,000 – 400,000 people. It’s great so many are passionate about addressing climate change, but it sometimes seems like people are quick to jump behind a cause without understanding the patchwork of issues that encapsulates it.[read more]

A Proverbial "Carbon Sink" to Help Explain Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

September 23, 2014 by Noah Deich
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The Carbon Sink

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) can seem like a complex and confusing topic when explained in the academic language common among many of the field's proponents. But the reasons why CDR is important in the fight against climate change are actually fairly simple.[read more]

The Two Energy Revolutions Are Progressing in Tandem

September 22, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles

Last year I wrote about the two major energy revolutions happening globally, the shale revolution--mainly in the US--and the renewable energy revolution, focused more on technologies than geography but with big concentrations in Europe and increasingly Asia and the Americas.[read more]

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Climate Change: Is Failure Now Inevitable?

September 22, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Climate Change and Inevitability

If Copenhagen was the last chance to save the climate, as we were then told, then the climate has clearly not been saved. The burning of fossil fuels goes on, largely unabated. Yet, efforts to save the climate also continue unabated. Have we not failed already? Failure, of course, is one of degree.[read more]

Marching to Make the Urgency for Climate Action Clear

September 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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People's Climate March

Climate change is no longer a far-off peril, it’s here and now. From Hurricane Sandy on the U.S. east coast to the horrific Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, from rising seas to widespread droughts, wildfires, floods and famine, climate change is taking a growing and grievous toll on our lives.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Is the Shine Coming Off U.S. LNG Exports?

September 21, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Exports and Change

A few Asian buyers of United States liquid natural gas are looking to sell portions of the supply they previously purchased under long-term contracts, suggesting the overall excitement over exporting US natural gas as LNG could be waning a bit.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "What’s the Next Shale Gas?"

September 20, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Next Energy Boom

Bank of America Chairman Charles Holliday asked the audience at the recent’s American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit in Washington DC how many people anticipated the US shale gas production revolution 10 years ago. No one in the 500-plus crowd raised their hand.[read more]

NOAA: With Hottest August On Record, 2014 Takes Aim At Hottest Year On Record

September 20, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Month and Year Temp Records

Last month was the warmest August since records began being kept in 1880, the NOAA reported Thursday. NOAA also projected out scenarios for the rest of the year making clear that 2014 is going to be one of the very hottest years on record — and possibly the hottest.[read more]

Natural Gas Storage Deficit to Five-Year Average Continues to Narrow

September 19, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Natural Gas Storage Deficit

Storage injections have continued to outpace the five-year (2009-13) average over the course of this summer, with inventories as of September 5 at 2,801 billion cubic feet (Bcf), according to data from the Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report (WNGSR).[read more]