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Physicist And Congressman Rush Holt On Keystone XL: Tar Sands 'Sludge' Is 'A Climate Poison'

March 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Congressman Rush Holt

Rush Holt (D-NJ) saddened scientists and climate hawks everywhere when he announced last month he would retire at the end of his (eighth) term in Congress. Holt brought the unique sensibility of a research physicist to a body that has become increasingly hostile towards science.[read more]

Strong Support for Clean Energy, and the Jobs It Creates, Crosses Party Lines

February 9, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Energy Jobs

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the renewable energy industry is responsible for 615,000 jobs in the United States. That’s hundreds of thousands of Americans working to provide this country with clean energy from wind, sun and plants.[read more]

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Wind Energy Projects Rush to Start Construction in Advance of Expiring Tax Credit (Again)

December 9, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Wind Energy and Tax Credits

It’s December, and that means the wind power industry in the United States is in the middle of what has become an all-to-frequent holiday season tradition: the mad dash to get projects in the ground before the impending expiration of a federal production tax credit worth $23 per megawatt-hour.[read more]

Climate Change Bills in the 113th Congress

November 25, 2013 by Jason Ye
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The first year of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) draws to a close with no passage of climate-specific legislation, but signs that some in Congress understand the importance of addressing this issue. More bills were introduced that support climate action than oppose it.[read more]

Does Future National Energy Legislation Depend on the Success of an Efficiency Bill?

November 22, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

It’s been more than five years since Congress passed a national energy bill. But that doesn’t mean legislators stopped trying. There have been four attempts from Democrats to introduce a national renewable energy standard, with no traction at all. And then there was the cap and trade bill, which imploded in 2010.[read more]

US Midterms Unlikely to Change Carbon Pricing Politics

November 4, 2013 by Evan Juska

Low Republican popularity has lead to speculation about whether, if Democrats did come out of the elections with control of both chambers, climate legislation might find its way back on the agenda. But even a Democratic wave would be unlikely to tip the scales in favor of new carbon pricing legislation.[read more]

The Government Shutdown, NAATBatt, and the US Economy

October 15, 2013 by James Greenberger

The great strength of the U.S. economy, and its great advantage over other nations has been its political stability. That we have arrived at a point where business people must account for political instability in the United States in their planning is a big deal.[read more]

Ron Binz Steps Down as FERC Nominee, Citing 'Blood Sport' in Congress

October 6, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

After unsuccessfully attempting to stop the nomination of Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy, Republicans were able to derail Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Ron Binz.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Bill Goes from No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B

October 2, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Energy Efficiency Bill

With the government shutdown, it should come as no surprise that we have a dysfunctional Congress. But when gridlock derails a good bill on energy efficiency in a country that harnesses less than half of the energy we produce, at least some attention should be paid.[read more]

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Government Shutdown Damages U.S. Energy Innovation

October 1, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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The federal government has officially shutdown as of midnight, October 1st 2013. While coverage of the shutdown will focus on the political circus that is fueling it and the thousands furloughed from their jobs, it is also important to note that it’s directly impacting America’s overall energy innovation capacity.[read more]

Shaheen-Portman Bill: 172,000 Green Jobs, Huge Energy Efficiency Gains

September 17, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Energy Efficiency and Jobs

An energy efficiency bill moving through Congress has been hailed as the best chance for bipartisan passage of major energy legislation in years, but new analysis shows it could do much more through a massive economic and environmental boost for America.[read more]

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Washington Heading for Another Round of Devastating Cuts to Energy Innovation

July 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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The Capitol Energy Report

Both the left and the right use inspiring, lofty rhetoric about elevating U.S. international competitiveness, stimulating growth, and spurring innovation. But this messaging often fails to translate into deliberate policy action.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Light Bulb Wars Roar Back Into House Of Representatives

July 14, 2013 by Tina Casey

Regulating Light Bulbs

 

Light bulbs, as you may recall, have become a perennial excuse for certain federal legislators to whip up the conservative base, by railing again new federal energy efficiency standards.[read more]

MLPs: Renewable Energy Bargain or Bad Deal?

June 14, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Aside from the NSA surveillance program and vacations, it's nearly impossible to find something both parties in Congress can agree on. But we may just have another such policy: master limited partnerships, or MLPs.[read more]

Industrial Energy Efficiency Gets a Boost with Revamped Shaheen-Portman Bill

May 2, 2013 by Kristopher Settle
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Shaheen and Portman took the past bill, made some adjustments and went through the due process of negotiating with over 200 groups and organizations this time around to gain a wide swath of approval within industry.[read more]