Energy
Poland Sets Date to Close Europe’s Dirtiest Power Plant

Poland Sets Date to Close Europe’s Dirtiest Power Plant

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer This week, Poland announced it will close the coal-fired Belchatow power plant by the end of 2036. The country’s national energy group opted not to develop an open-pit coal mine to power the plant after deciding it would not make financial sense. The decision comes as Poland’s Lodz region […]

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More than 1000 Protesters Disrupt “Line 3” Pipeline Construction in Minnesota

More than 1000 Protesters Disrupt “Line 3” Pipeline Construction in Minnesota

Thousands of protesters gathered near the headwaters of the Mississippi River from around the country, including actresses Jane Fonda and Patricia Arquette, in an attempt to disrupt the construction of a major pipeline through northern Minnesota, the Duluth Tribune reported.

Why This Matters: The Line 3 pipeline, at a cost of $4B, will carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of dirty Canadian tar-sands oil through the U.S. across at least 200 bodies of water and sensitive watersheds.

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DoE Announced Energy Earthshots Initiative to Reduce Costs of Clean Energy

DoE Announced Energy Earthshots Initiative to Reduce Costs of Clean Energy

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Department of Energy has announced a new initiative to dramatically lower the costs of clean energy by 2030. The Energy Earthshots initiative intends to accelerate breakthroughs in affordable, reliable, clean energy and boost the nation’s progress toward its 2050 net-zero goal. The first “shot,” if successful, will reduce the cost of clean […]

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We Have the Power, New Study Says, to Reach Net-Zero Emissions

We Have the Power, New Study Says, to Reach Net-Zero Emissions

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer This week, Environment America released a report documenting the nation’s vast potential for renewable energy. As the federal government makes moves to build massive commercial wind farms and solar power takes hold in the west, the report emphasizes that maintaining and building on that momentum can rocket the U.S. to net-zero emissions. The report, titled We Have the […]

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G7’s Green Recovery: Promises Kept?

G7’s Green Recovery: Promises Kept?

The G7 countries have spent more on fossil fuels than clean energy since last March, a new study led by the non-profit Tearfund shows. 

Why This Matters: The economic upheaval of the pandemic and its accompanying stimulus could have been a chance to pump money into the country’s net-zero goals. Instead, it appears that the members propped up the very industries that are increasing carbon in the atmosphere.

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Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR

Biden Suspends Drilling Permits in ANWR

Yesterday, the Department of the Interior moved to suspend all oil drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, undoing a highly contested move made by the Trump administration last year. Interior said it would suspend all leasing program operations “pending completion of a comprehensive analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).” As one […]

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