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How the US-Africa Summit Can Catalyze Africa's Rise

August 5, 2014 by Alex Trembath

US-Africa Summit and Future Planning

When African heads of states meet for the US-Africa Leaders Summit the challenge of raising millions of Africans out of energy poverty is poised to take center stage. Adding to this conversation are the Electrify and Energize Africa Acts, legislation being moved through the House and Senate, respectively.[read more]

Four Things The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Do For Beyond the Grid Solar

August 4, 2014 by Justin Guay

Africa Summit

Earlier this summer, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced at an event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a groundbreaking new $1 billion initiative as a part of Power Africa dubbed "Beyond the Grid." The initiative builds on more than 25 small-scale energy projects already in the Power Africa pipeline.[read more]

FERC Commissioners: Clean Power Plan Doesn't Spell Doom for Grid Reliability

July 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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All five members of FERC agreed yesterday that acting on climate change is critical and none of them offered any indication that the U.S. EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants would hamper the reliability of America’s electric transmission grid.[read more]

NRC Commissioner Candidates Stephen Burns and Jeffery Baran

July 29, 2014 by Rod Adams

Filling NRC Vacancies

With some trepidation and caution, I recommend that the Senate confirm Stephen Burns as an NRC Commissioner. He will not require a lengthy acculturation process or any significant training time to come up to speed as a fully functioning Commissioner.[read more]

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

July 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the United States.[read more]

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

July 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the FEMA guidance for “state hazard mitigation plans.”[read more]

President's Climate Resiliency Actions Include Risk-Mapping Tool

July 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced a series of climate preparedness initiatives aimed at strengthening the nation’s efforts to prepare for sea level rise and more frequent extreme weather events. Among this array of initiatives is a $13.1 million mapping project, called the 3D Elevation Program.[read more]

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

July 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As we‘ve seen play out in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy winds from the East Coast to the Rockies.[read more]

Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

July 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Resiliency

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. And city officials and residents wondered: will we be ready next time?[read more]

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

July 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist."[read more]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[read more]

Nuclear Is Cheaper Than Solar Thermal

June 16, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Nuclear and Solar Costs

I’m a big fan of reporter Mike Grunwald, and often think that he and Breakthrough are among the only people who really understand that Obama’s signature climate policies are not fuel economy standards or power plant regulations, but the tens of billions invested in clean energy technology and innovation.[read more]

Science is Science, but Indifference Trumps All

June 13, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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Can you think of anything more revelatory, more condemning of a broad population, than their consistently putting their own short-term gratification ahead of the well being of the world’s children, including their own? Perhaps we need a term for such willful indifference.[read more]

Is the White House's Open Data Strategy Working for Energy?

June 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

In 2007, when Barack Obama was running for president, it cost roughly 44 cents to store a gigabyte of data. This year, as President Obama approaches the second half of his second term, the cost to store a gigabyte of data is dipping below 5 cents.[read more]

Two Steps Remain Before Obama Can Claim A Genuine Climate Legacy

June 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Obama and Climate Change Policy

Obama took the most serious step toward limiting carbon pollution of any in history. And besides its proposed rules for power plant pollution, the White House has already helped bring about an explosion in solar and wind, along with very strong fuel economy rules negotiated with the major automakers.[read more]