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2012 Budget Increases Nuclear Energy Research Funding

Before adjourning to watch yule logs and eat holiday hams, Congress actually managed to pass a 2012 budget bill. ITIF's Matthew Stepp provided us with an early analysis of the bill's impact on energy innovation funding. Funding for key Department of...

Posted January 6, 2012    

New Air Pollution Rules Could Reduce US Electric-Sector CO2 Emissions By More Than 4 Percent

Also by Alex Trembath. Two new federal air pollution regulations are expected to spur the closure of up to 67 aging, inefficient, coal-fired power plants, reducing both harmful air pollutants and emissions of the climate destabilizing greenhouse gas...

Posted January 4, 2012    

Climate Pragmatism in Action: New Mercury Regulations To Trigger Less Coal Use

The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled new (and long-overdue) regulations today to rein in mercury and other toxic pollutants from coal and oil-fired power plants. The new mercury rules, designed to save lives and protect children from the...

Posted December 22, 2011    

Policy Key to Weather Cleantech Crisis

"The clean energy industry in the United States is indeed poised for crisis, as the bulk of the nation's major federal clean energy support programs are now scheduled to expire. The lapse of the Section 1705 DOE Loan Guarantee Program, which...

Posted November 23, 2011    

A Clean Energy Comeback Strategy

The global market for clean energy products grew to $243 billion in 2010, a year in which China and Germany both captured a greater share of this global investment than the United States. That has led many (myself included) to worry about the...

Posted October 27, 2011    

How Can Washington Green America's Economy?

Over at the National Journal's Energy forum, my Breakthrough Institute colleague Alex Trembath and I have a new submission to their ongoing discussion asking "How Can Washington Green America's Economy?" Here's the full text... Before discussing...

Posted August 18, 2011    

Say No to 'No Nukes' Revival

"No Nukes" Revival is Wholly Misguided Recent news that Musicians United for Safe Energy is reuniting for a concert protesting nuclear power strikes these two Millennials as wholly misguided. While the anti-nuclear generation can be forgiven for...

Posted August 5, 2011    

ACE Students Offer White House Fresh Energy Efficiency Ideas

This is a guest post by Alisha Fowler.Shreya Indukuri and Daniela Lapidous, ACE Youth Advisory Board members and juniors at the Harker School in San Jose, CA, paid a visit to the White House yesterday, but they didn't just go for a tour. Through...

Posted June 16, 2011    

Texas Offshore Wind Energy Project Poised to be 'First in the Water'

Texan wind energy developer poised to construct first U.S. offshore wind turbine, even as policy uncertainty and tricky project financing harries competing projectsWith some five gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy projects in the works, the long...

Posted June 9, 2011    

UPDATED ANALYSIS: The Costs of Canceling Japan's Plans for Nuclear Power

Cowritten by Sara Mansur. On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that the country would scrap its plans to increase nuclear power's contribution to electricity generation to 50 percent by 2030, in response to the crisis at...

Posted May 19, 2011    

The Future of Nuclear Power: Shellenberger on KQED Forum

Breakthrough Institute President Michael Shellenberger debated the future of nuclear power today on KQED Radio's Forum, joining host Dave Iverson and the Sierra Club's David Hamilton to discuss the impacts and implications of the Fukushima nuclear...

Posted April 1, 2011    

WattHead's Jesse Jenkins on NPR: Nuclear as Usual

WattHead.org Founder and Chief Editor and Breakthrough Institute Director of Climate and Energy Policy Jesse Jenkins was on NPR's Weekend Edition this past Sunday discussing Japan's nuclear crisis and what it means for the future of nuclear power....

Posted March 28, 2011