Energy
Wind Power Blows Coal Away in Texas

Wind Power Blows Coal Away in Texas

Wind power has overtaken coal as a proportion of Texas’s power for the first time and promises to continue growing. In 2020, wind power made up almost a quarter of Texas’s total power, compared to just 18% from coal.

Why This Matters: Texas is the nation’s largest producer of both wind energy and fossil fuel energy.

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ANWR Oil Sale Was a Bust, Lower 48 a Different Story

ANWR Oil Sale Was a Bust, Lower 48 a Different Story

The sale of oil and gas drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) was supposed to bring in upwards of $1 billion, but in the end, the first of the auctions mandated by Congress at the urging of President Trump brought in only $14M.

Why This Matters:  Banks won’t underwrite Arctic drilling, so it is unclear those ANWR leases will be drilled ever.

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Top Ten Stories of 2020: Oil and Gas’ Really Terribly Awful Bad Year

Top Ten Stories of 2020: Oil and Gas’ Really Terribly Awful Bad Year

When 2020 began, even with oil prices relatively strong, many industry analysts were predicting it was the beginning of the end for oil and gas.  And then the pandemic hit and the Saudis and Russians decided to take advantage of the downturn.  With supplies still high and demand declining, the industry may never be the same again.

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The Energy Package Is a Win for Climate and Jobs That We Can Build on Next Year.

The Energy Package Is a Win for Climate and Jobs That We Can Build on Next Year.

As we grapple with the disastrous pandemic, recession, and climate change, the nation is in desperate need of investment in clean energy to reduce climate pollution and jumpstart the economy. The Energy Act of 2020, included with the COVID-19 relief and 2021 spending package, will help the United States on both fronts by investing in a spectrum of technologies.

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Cheaper Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Horizon

Cheaper Electric Vehicle Batteries on the Horizon

Most Americans are aware that electric vehicles are better for the environment, but one of the issues deterring consumers from purchasing them is the cost — electric vehicles (EVs) are, on average, $19,000 more expensive than gas cars. But that may be about to change, giving consumers more affordable options.

Why this Matters: The United States is at a crossroads in its relationship with gas-powered vehicles.

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How a Pro-Coal Republican Policymaker Became a Clean Energy Champion

How a Pro-Coal Republican Policymaker Became a Clean Energy Champion

When President Trump appointed Neil Chatterjee to the Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) in 2017, the environmental community was worried. As a former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, onlookers expected a pro-coal agenda to define Chatterjee’s term as a regulator.  Despite maintaining sympathy for coal communities struggling through the energy transition, Chatterjee says he’s “very bullish on the growth of renewable energy.”  Chatterjee told the Political Climate podcast in a recent interview.

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