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3 Ways the White House is Supporting a Solar America

May 14, 2014 by John Steller

Obama and Solar Energy Policy

Even with a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2011, the deployment of solar energy has needed a boost to compete with heavily subsidized fossil fuels. The government is one of the sectors that has pushed for a solar America and is poised to meet the goals set forth by the current administration.[read more]

What's Bringing President Obama to Wal-Mart?

May 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Obama and Solar

The President recentlyl visited Mountain View, California’s Wal-Mart to announce big news for solar power and energy efficiency. Wal-Mart is already a commercial leader is solar installations, but is committing to double the number of panels on its store roofs in the next six years.[read more]

A Small Victory in the 'War on Coal'

May 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While the main action in reducing greenhouse gasses must be to focus on developing renewables, the elimination of coal as a source of energy remains an important goal. Although it is incorrect to say that the Obama administration is sponsoring a "war on coal," they should be.[read more]

Natural Gas Emissions vs. Unaccounted For Gas

May 8, 2014 by Dave McCurdy
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Gas Measurements

The Obama Administration’s “Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions,” released at the end of March, included recognition that efforts to modernize infrastructure and enhance pipeline safety have significantly contributed to a declining trend in natural gas emissions.[read more]

Beware, Miscalculations Can Occur on Both Sides

May 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Equal Miscalculation

On Friday, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House and seemed to dismiss the notion that Russia would “turn off the tap to Europe” by calling it “unrealistic”. He added that natural gas kept flowing even at the height of the Cold War.[read more]

Keystone XL's Emissions Versus Coal-Fired Power

May 6, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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I hadn’t planned to write another Keystone XL pipeline article, but I have gotten a lot of questions since the recent announcement by the Obama administration that they are still unable to make a decision on the project. At this point I don’t think the project will be approved by this administration.[read more]

A Utility's Guide to Mitigating Cybersecurity [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Utility Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is becoming an increasingly important issue for utilities and other energy companies as more business tasks are connected to online environments in various ways. To address these risks, President Obama issued Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity.”[read more]

How Canada's Incoherence on Climate is Killing Keystone

April 29, 2014 by Andrew Leach
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Canada Keystone Incoherence

There’s no shortage of blame being passed around in the wake of another delay in the U.S. regulatory approval process with respect to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline which, it was announced last Friday, will now drag on for at least another six months.[read more]

FERC Approval Could Become 'Regulatory Black Hole' for Some Proposed US LNG Export Projects

April 29, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Black Hole of Regulation

In March 2014, the Obama Administration released its ‘Climate Action Plan’ laying out a comprehensive, interagency strategy to cut methane emissions. The purpose of this plan is to help meet the president’s goal of reducing total US greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020.[read more]

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

April 3, 2014 by David Doniger
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The White House recently released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a big step in the right direction to curbing heat-trapping emissions.[read more]

Dirty Fuels Shouldn't Get a Free Pass on Water Pollution Compared to Renewable Energy

March 24, 2014 by Amy Mall

The Obama administration has been working to develop a program to better screen potential solar development sites for environmental suitability and limit utility solar projects to “energy zones” – areas with the greatest energy potential and the lowest environmental conflicts.[read more]

What President Obama's Budget Means for Our Clean Energy Future

March 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Energy Budget

Earlier this month, President Obama submitted his proposed FY 2015 Budget to Congress which proposes to continue the powerful momentum of renewable energy growth from 2013. This year’s proposed budget contains $27.9 billion directed to the Department of Energy, a 2.6% increase from last year.[read more]

Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

February 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Africa Energy Problems

The direction Power Africa, Obama's initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, the Electrify Africa Act, which supports this initiative, is under pressure from big industrial players who are more interested in new natural gas plants than ending energy poverty.[read more]

Obama's Fuel Economy Drive for Trucks Aims to Curb Fast-Growing Climate Change Problem

February 20, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle
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President Barack Obama is taking aim at one of the world’s fastest growing engines of oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions. But one of the most popular ideas for reducing oil demand in trucking—switching to natural gas—may not help on climate change.[read more]

Keystone XL Will Significantly Increase Oil Industry Investment in the Tar Sands

February 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone XL and Tar Sands

A major issue in the decision around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the extent to which this project will drive expansion of tar sands extraction and the associated climate change. We often hear Keystone XL dismissed as insignificant, but this misses the point.[read more]