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Oil Price Crash Shows the Challenge of Breaking Addiction

January 21, 2015 by Severin Borenstein
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Oil Addiction and Price Collapse

The price of crude oil has fallen more than 50% since summer and drivers are responding exactly as economists would predict. Americans are driving more, the market for SUVs is roaring again and the average fuel economy of new cars sold is declining after years of increases.[read more]

5 Reasons Why Low Oil Prices are Good for the Environment

January 21, 2015 by Assaad W. Razzouk
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Oil Price Collapse and Environmental Impacts

Our binge on fossil fuels is partly driven by gigantic subsidies. Low oil prices allow these to be tackled without a material impact on consumer (read voter) pockets. This is a chance to throw out fossil fuel subsidies, and bring in a robust carbon price.[read more]

Keystone XL's Substantial Importance

January 20, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Impacts of the Keystone Pipeline

 

As the controversy around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to intensify, a narrative has appeared that suggests the pipeline has become a symbolic issue: one way or another tar sands will be developed. This narrative ignores developments in the tar sands industry over the last year.[read more]

Counting Up Cities' Energy Savings and Climate Commitments

January 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Climate and Energy Policy

If all cities took aggressive new efforts to reduce energy use, by 2050 they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of half of annual global coal use, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, representing 70 megacities.[read more]

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Keystone XL Pipeline Opposition: Review of the Major Claims, Relevant Facts, and Most Probable Impacts

January 13, 2015 by John Miller
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Keystone Opposition Analysis

President Obama plans to further delay needed executive action on the Keystone XL pipeline project and veto any Congressional Bills that would mandate the pipeline’s approval. Is this Administrative action based on credible technical and economic factors or primarily politics?[read more]

Environmentalists are Wrong about Port Ambrose LNG

January 13, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Greens and LNG Transportation

The proposed Port Ambrose deepwater LNG terminal near New York City has been denounced by environmentalists as a dirty and dangerous export terminal in disguise. The reality is that LNG is the safest and cleanest fuel available and natural gas is critical in efforts to eliminate air pollution.[read more]

Are Private Markets Effective for Rural Electrification?

January 12, 2015 by Becky Mawhood
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Almost 600 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. According to the IEA universal energy access could be achieved across the region by 2030, but rural electrification would require investment of around $20 billion per year.[read more]

Electric Vehicles: CPUC Says California Utilities Can Own Charging Infrastructure

January 12, 2015 by Chris King
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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Ownership

The shift toward electric vehicles is rolling forward in California among consumers, and regulators are weighing in. Just before Christmas, the California PUC overturned previous policy and issued a new decision allowing the state's utilities to participate in providing electric vehicle charging infrastructure.[read more]

Cleaner Ships and Trains Coming Your Way

January 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

On January 1, 2015, two sets of regulations became effective to help reduce air pollution: one involving large oceangoing ships and another involving US locomotives. The shipping regulations come from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a body under the United Nations.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Can Confirm that the President Would Not Sign this Bill'

January 9, 2015 by Jared Anderson

White House Keystone XL Decision

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a prime example of why it’s impossible to forge a comprehensive US energy policy. The energy Holy Grail is clean, reliable and affordable. Unfortunately, that three-pronged goal is unattainable given current technical and economic realities.[read more]

Will Fracking, Climate Change, and Solar Energy Reshape U.S. Security?

January 8, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Fuel Sources and Security

The global oil market is going through an upheaval, with non-OPEC production led by North American producers surging while OPEC’s traditional price-setting role changes. US oil production and proven oil reserve growth over the past several years is astonishing.[read more]

Keystone XL Veto Threat: Does 'No' Really Mean No?

January 8, 2015 by Christina Nunez
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The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama would veto a Senate bill aimed at greenlighting the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. A veto would likely extend the already tortuous six-year path for the proposed pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.[read more]

What Will the Battery Market Look Like in 2030?

January 5, 2015 by James Greenberger
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It is not difficult to speculate on what some of the new “killer apps” for batteries might be by 2030. If we have learned anything over the last 15 years, it is that the battery market is dynamic and the greatest limit on that market is not technology but imagination.[read more]

Understanding the True Potential of Lithium-Ion Technology

December 31, 2014 by James Greenberger
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Lithium-ion battery optimists may be making a comeback. Recent estimates suggest that the price of large format lithium-ion batteries may fall from about $1,800/kWh in 2009 to less than $200/kWh by 2020. Suddenly, the optimists of 10 years ago are not looking so overly optimistic.[read more]

How Dangerous is LNG?

December 26, 2014 by Edward Dodge

Liquid Natural Gas Safety

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is often regarded as extremely dangerous and toxic with container ships called floating bombs. But is this perception accurate? The historical reality is that LNG has the best safety record of all common fuel types and is completely non-toxic.[read more]