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GM Aims To Cut Chevy Volt Cost By $10,000

I have been following the electrification of vehicles closely since about 2008.I kept wishing that researchers would develop improved battery technology for electric vehicles, and I’ve seen it happen many times. The development of lithium-ion...

Posted May 8, 2013    

NASA Projects Global Rainfall Patterns Due to Climate Change

In September, NOAA put together a video showing how climate change means wet areas get wetter and dry gets drier. Now NASA has a video of their own with similar findings.Here is a screen-shot (NASA didn’t make the video embeddable):Model...

Posted May 6, 2013    

Exxon Spills Tar Sands Oil Again, Can’t Find 126,000 Gallons Spilled In Arkansas

Exxon, cleaning up another oil spill from the Pegasus tar sands oil pipeline. (Credit: KAIT)ExxonMobil has now confirmed that on Tuesday, the Pegasus pipeline that has been out of service since it spilled thousands of barrels of oil into Mayflower,...

Posted May 3, 2013    

EIA: Current Energy Policy Would Keep U.S. Carbon Emissions Flat Through 2040

The new analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is a classic good news, bad news story, summed up in this chart:The good news is that merely by extending existing energy policies, the United States could keep energy-...

Posted May 1, 2013    

Clean Air Act Working, But 42 Percent of Americans Still Breathe Dangerous Air

The American Lung Association released their annual State of the Air report. In general, it says that the air is cleaner than it was a decade ago, thanks to the Clean Air Act. Despite this progress, over 131 million Americans live in areas where the...

Posted April 26, 2013    

EPA Slams State Department's Draft Impact Statement For Keystone XL

On the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, EPA rated the adequacy of the State Department’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as having “Insufficient Information.”EPA’s Cynthia Giles, the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Enforcement,...

Posted April 24, 2013    

Let’s Rename Earth Day!

Affection for our planet is misdirected and unrequited. We need to focus on saving ourselves.In 2008, I wrote a piece for Salon about renaming ‘Earth’ Day. It was supposed to be mostly humorous. Or mostly serious.Anyway, the subject of renaming...

Posted April 22, 2013    

Three Years After Deepwater Horizon, Congress Has Failed To Improve Drilling Safety

By Shiva Polefka Yesterday, Saturday, April 20th, marked the third anniversary of the explosion aboard BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed 11 workers and set off the largest accidental spill in the oil industry’s history. The ruptured Macondo...

Posted April 21, 2013    

Energy From Trash: How To Curb Carbon Pollution With Junk

A landfill in Kearny NJ that converts methane gas from decomposing trash into electricity. (AP Photo)The United States currently generates 390 million tons of trash per year, or 7 pounds per person per day. Municipal solid waste, or MSW, commonly...

Posted April 19, 2013    

Africa Aims to Combat Climate Change By Greening the Desert

In Africa, climate change is exacerbating the desertification of the continent. The Sahara Desert, which covers the majority of northern Africa, is spreading southward at a rate of 30 miles per year.This spread of desert sands into the semi-arid...

Posted April 18, 2013    

Portugal Achieves 70 Percent Renewable Energy in First Quarter

Alto Lindoso (Image credit: Energias de Portugal)Portugal’s electricity network operator announced that renewable energy supplied 70 percent of total consumption in the first quarter of this year. This increase was largely due to favorable weather...

Posted April 15, 2013    

Australia: 100 Percent Renewable Energy Could Be Cost-Effective by 2030

A new study published in Energy Policy, and flagged by Wired, suggests that a bold-but-not-extreme carbon price could make providing all of Australia’s electricity needs cost-effective by 2030. This would meet all of the country’s electricity demand...

Posted April 11, 2013