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Time to Bury Cap and Trade and Plan Anew

Cap and trade is dead. Again. For real this time. Reports put the time of death at 1 P.M. EST, July 22nd, 2010. That is when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged from a meeting of the Democratic Caucus without enough support for even a severely...

Posted July 23, 2010    

With Seconds on the Clock, Democrats May Waste Last Chance for Clean Energy Win

With the final seconds ticking down on the Congressional clock, President Obama and Senate Democrats emerged from a White House summit with Republican moderates Tuesday still lacking any plan to score a last minute win for clean energy. Wasted...

Posted June 30, 2010    

Scaled-Back Climate Bill Likely to Strand Energy Innovation

[Updated, 6/29. See below]As President Obama prepares to sit down with a gaggle* of 23 senators tomorrow to try to cobble together a path to passage for energy (and climate?) legislation this year, there is a lot of talk about a scaled-back cap and...

Posted June 28, 2010    

Clean Energy COMPETES: Strengthening Clean Energy Competitiveness through the America COMPETES Reauthorization

By Jesse Jenkins, Mark Muro, and Rob Atkinson, originally at the New Republic Having passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 28th, the America COMPETES Act, America's flagship competitiveness legislation, will soon be debated in the U.S....

Posted June 4, 2010    

PODCAST: Dow Corning Sees Bright Future for Solar in the US – IF We Get the Policies Right

The solar industry is rapidly evolving, driving both economies of scale and remarkable innovation that gives solar power a bright future in the United States, if we get the policies right, according to Eric Peeters, Business Vice President for Solar...

Posted May 31, 2010    

Clearing the Clean Energy Innovation Threshold

The latest from the Brookings Institution's Mark Muro is a perfectly succinct summary of how one should judge the coming Kerry-(Graham?)-Lieberman Senate climate and energy bill, reportedly scheduled for release this Wednesday: What is clear, though...

Posted May 10, 2010    

Unfolding oil spill disaster spreads environmental damage, opposition to offshore drilling plans

Jesse Jenkins - Reporting for TheEnergyCollective.com [Post updated with additional details, 4/30 at 11:00 AM Pacific Time] As thousands of barrels of oil continue to gush unabated into the Gulf of Mexico at the site of a fatal oil drilling...

Posted April 30, 2010    

Senate Climate Bill Trio Scrapping Oil and Gasoline Fee?

Originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute According to several reports, the trio of senators leading the effort to craft a climate and energy bill for release next Monday are back-peddling from earlier plans to implement a new fee on...

Posted April 22, 2010    

Senator Byrd Responds to WV Mining Tragedy, Questions Massey Coal's Safety Record

Cross-posted from Appalachian Voices' Front Porch blog Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va. issued the following statements in response to media inquiries on a number of topics relating to the mining disaster in West Virginia: “...

Posted April 9, 2010    

Oregon Governor's Race Pits Three Clean Energy Champs

This year, Oregon voters will get to chose among a field of gubernatorial candidates that all have pretty strong clean energy and environmental chops and long track records serving Oregon. The Democratic contenders include both former Governor...

Posted April 2, 2010    

The Beginning of the End for Mountaintop Removal?

An update on the mountaintop removal front courtesy of Appalachian Voices. And no, this is thankfully not an April Fools Day post... Appalachian Voices Celebrates Historic EPA Action The science is in, and the Obama Administration is listening....

Posted April 1, 2010    

Poet Biofuels: Charting the Future of Ethanol?

From its start on the family farm with a single farm-scale ethanol facility to dozens of multi-million gallon per year biorefineries dotting the Midwest countryside, POET LLC of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is now the world's largest biofuels...

Posted March 29, 2010