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How US Territories Can Kick Their Oil Addiction

August 31, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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US Territories and Oil Need

The 4 million inhabitants of US territories (3.6 million of which live in Puerto Rico) power their islands almost entirely with petroleum. And because the price of oil is relatively high, residential electricity prices in the territories are three to five times the price of mainland electricity.[read more]

Moving America Beyond Oil: A Brief Year-End Progress Report

January 7, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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America Beyond Oil

While ample study has been made of the technical potential to reduce emissions by improving vehicle technology, there have been fewer comprehensive assessments of the potential to cut pollution by reducing traffic levels and improving the efficiency of the transportation system.[read more]

After Forty Years, Politicians Still Understand Little About Energy

October 23, 2013 by Peter Z. Grossman
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It was forty years ago this month that America’s first national energy crisis began, and it therefore seems like a good time to consider what policymakers have learned about energy over the past four decades. The answer is discouraging: Very little.[read more]

Tom Friedman’s False Narrative On Oil Dependence

March 16, 2012 by Robert Rapier
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Twisting Facts to Support an Agenda Thomas L. Friedman, a New York Times Op-Ed Columnist, frequently writes on the topic of energy and the environment. One persistent habit he has is to omit certain important facts from a story — facts so important that they would greatly undermine the point he is trying to make. His latest column...[read more]

The Gas Price Blame Game

March 15, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Every year when gas prices rise, politicians and pundits like to play the blame game. On Fox & Friends, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blamed the Obama administration's "radical environmental ideology" for high gas prices. (The latest Bloomberg poll, however, showed that most Americans do not blame the White House.) The Christian...[read more]

Pipelines and Tar Sands: Symptoms of Our Oil Dependence

November 28, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Not everyone has the time or inclination to read through a 4,000+ word article, but I felt like the complexity of the issues involved in the controversial Keystone XL pipeline warranted that. In this article I will summarize the key points of the arguments I made in the original, while highlighting where my views diverge from those of the protestors. If you want to see a more in-depth discussion of these issues, please refer to the original article: How I Would Decide the Keystone XL Pipeline Issue[read more]

Setting the Ethanol Record Straight

June 17, 2010 by Robert Rapier

Based on my Site Meter, it appears that a lot of new readers are stopping by because of my recent inclusion in the Top 10 list of ethanol enemies. Because the article presents a highly inaccurate view of my position, I issued a quick and concise rebuttal to the baseless claims. But perhaps this is a good time to review my paradigm,...[read more]

The Senate Votes in Favor of Science, Oil Savings, and Climate Action

June 10, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

Today the Senate made the smart choice of voting down Senator Murkowski’s resolution to undermine the EPA’s authority to reduce global warming pollution. Now we can move to the real work at hand: passing clean energy and climate legislation. Murkowski’s resolution was a dangerous distraction from the start, an anti-science folly that...[read more]