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Whiplashed by Weather?

April 19, 2014 by A Siegel

Weather Whiplash

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, etc.) are natural. Humanity, however, has recently been putting its thumb directly on the scales of what can be considered “natural.”[read more]

Fossil Fuels are for Making Stuff

April 16, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Fossil Fuel Makes Stuff

The IPCC has just recently released its third assessment report on mitigating climate change. I have spent the morning reading the full summary, and to help you save a little time I have whittled it down to a six word summary: Fossils fuels are for making stuff.[read more]

FirstEnergy CEO: Renewables 'Sound Good' but Should Take Backseat to Coal

April 13, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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FirstEnergy CEO Anthony Alexander traveled to D.C. this week to speak in front of the Chamber of Commerce about the challenges his utility is facing. With electricity use flatlining and renewable energy eroding margins for traditional generators he called for a renewed focus on fossil fuels.[read more]

Friday Energy Fact: China is Now the World's Largest Net Importer of Petroleum and Other Liquid Fuels

March 28, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China Liquid Fuel Imports

In September of 2013, China's net imports of petroleum and other liquid fuels exceeded those of the United States on a monthly basis, which meant that China had become the largest net importer of crude oil and other liquid fuels in the world.[read more]

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Flying Without Fossil Fuels: The Need For High Energy Density

March 11, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Energy Density and Fossil Fuels

There are few more remarkable machines than a Boeing 747. Four hundred people can be hurled half way across the planet with levels of comfort, efficiency and reliability that would have been deemed miraculous by those living a few centuries ago.[read more]

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Can You Make a Wind Turbine Without Fossil Fuels?

February 25, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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Wind Turbine Energy Cost

Various scenarios have been put forward showing that 100% renewable energy is achievable. Some of them even claim that it is achievable within two decades. The validity of these claim are easily tested by asking a simple question. Can you build a wind turbine without fossil fuels?[read more]

We Don't Have to Re-Invent the Wheel for Global Sustainability

February 21, 2014 by Nick Blandford

Global Sustainability

It takes millions of years for coal to form. Oil is no different. These two forms of fossil fuels have other things in common too; they can’t be produced artificially. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for millions of years. We are dependent on fossil fuels for electrical power.[read more]

California's Great SONGS Debate: Gas-Fired Power vs. Green Alternatives

February 13, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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California and the Nuclear Debate

Down in Southern California, a battle over the state’s energy future has just been set in motion. At issue is the loss of the 2,200-megawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) -- and the debate over how much green energy can be relied on to replace it.[read more]

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Were US Energy Policies Effective in Reducing 2013 Fossil Fuels Consumption?

February 12, 2014 by John Miller
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Policy and Fossil Fuel Consumption

United States renewable wind & solar power generation capacities grew at historic rates recently. How successful were U.S. energy policies overall in expanding clean energy production-consumption and displacing fossil fuels during 2013?[read more]

San Francisco: It's Time Not Just to Divest, But Reinvest

February 7, 2014 by Billy Parish

The Board of Supervisors of San Francisco recently passed a resolution urging the city’s Retirement Board to divest municipal pension funds of $583 million in fossil fuel stocks. The Retirement Board didn’t take up the recommendation, however.[read more]

Jekyll And Hyde: The Two Sides Of Obama's Energy Strategy

January 30, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Obama Energy Strategy

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama once again tried to reconcile the split personality of his energy policy. The President clearly stated his commitment to cutting carbon pollution and fighting climate change. But not before he pushed his expansion of domestic fossil fuel production.[read more]

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Nineteen Straight Dry Holes

December 18, 2013 by Jim Baird
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Drilling for Oil

My late father’s old Air Force buddy related to me a few years back how he had drilled nineteen straight dry holes before finally bringing in a producer. Not only am I in awe of the man’s tenacity, I am amazed in the light of current events how he was able to raise the funds necessary to drill his twentieth well.[read more]

Strong Climate Action Requires Moving Away from Fossil Fuels

November 12, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard
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Looking ahead towards a next round of global commitments to tackle climate change, the scientific consensus is that we need strong action. Climate change is an unprecedented challenge. And that means we need innovative and far-reaching solutions.[read more]

Renewable Energy: Breaking the Fixation on Fossil Fuels

November 12, 2013 by Christine Hertzog
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We should think about a day when most of our energy sources for electricity and transportation are renewable sources rather than fossil fuels. Why? Because this is an achievable goal as R&D in solar continues to push the harvest efficiencies of materials upwards.[read more]

Two New Green Investing Options Could Help Avoid The Carbon Bubble

November 8, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Green Investment

It’s one of the biggest hurdles facing fossil fuel divestment: Where to find sustainable investment options that create secure returns on investment in an energy market dominated by fossil fuels. But thanks to action taken by two investment funds, that hurdle has just been lowered.[read more]