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Trump’s budget proposal guts funding for science, research, and renewables

Trump’s budget proposal guts funding for science, research, and renewables

President Trump has submitted his proposed 2020 budget to Congress and as Electrek reported, “it includes reductions in funding for the EPA and NOAA. It also proposes to eliminate ARPA-E, an agency focused on researching and developing future energy technology.” Not only would the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy […]

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Biofuels for Air Travel Waiting For Takeoff

Biofuels for Air Travel Waiting For Takeoff

Last week, leaders in the aviation sector met to discuss how to speed the development of the infrastructure and technology needed to wean airplanes off fossil fuels and onto biofuels instead.  Airplane manufacturers have until now focused on investing in improving the fuel efficiency of new airplanes, but because of the growth in air travel, those advances have not resulted in a decrease overall in carbon emissions from the air travel. 

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DOE Research Shows Massive Benefits of Decarbonization

DOE Research Shows Massive Benefits of Decarbonization

In 2017, the advanced research arm of the Energy Department (Advanced Research Project Agency of the Department of Energy or ARPA-e) hired the engineering firm Otherlab to review all available energy data sources and create an ultra-high resolution picture of the US energy economy. What they found, as described in a recent article by the lead engineer in Medium, is highly promising — contrary to popular belief, decarbonization is not an unattainable ideal.

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Could high-speed rail remedy housing shortages and curb emissions?

Could high-speed rail remedy housing shortages and curb emissions?

Last year, for the first time in 40 years, emissions from vehicles rose to become the United States’ highest source of greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time that more Americans are living in cities and our average commute times are growing each year, the Trump administration has moved to weaken fuel efficiency standards put […]

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Pipeline Court Challenges Continue

Pipeline Court Challenges Continue

On Tuesday, five environmental groups announced their intention to sue the Trump Administration over its decision to allow the Enefit project to go forward and begin constructing three pipelines and two transmission lines across federal land in Utah — these will transport processed oil from a large shale facility to various utilities.  The Hill reported […]

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FERC Reaches “Compromise” and Approves New LNG Export Terminal

FERC Reaches “Compromise” and Approves New LNG Export Terminal

For the first time in two years, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission late last week approved a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project — the Calcasieu Pass in Cameron Parish, Louisiana — after the Commission’s two Republican commissioners and one of the two Democratic commissioners agreed to use a new approach for consideration of direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from LNG facilities. 

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Funding Well May Be Running Dry For Frackers

Funding Well May Be Running Dry For Frackers

According to The Wall Street Journal, fracking companies are seeing their sources of capital on Wall Street dry up as investors are looking elsewhere given that many of the frackers have been operating at a loss for more than a decade.  The lack of capital to keep these companies liquid is forcing them to cut costs and plan for slower growth.  This is particularly true for small companies with lots of debt, but it is also happening to larger companies that are desperately trying to meet earnings targets set by their Wall Street lenders. 

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Don’t mess with Texas solar

Don’t mess with Texas solar

A recent analysis by PV Magazine has revealed that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (which operates most of the state’s electric grid) has had applications for an additional 165 GWac of solar energy to be built in Texas. While Texas has been the epicenter of the fossil fuel industry it also has the potential to move […]

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Toxic coal ash poisoning Texas groundwater at 100% of power plants

Toxic coal ash poisoning Texas groundwater at 100% of power plants

Coal ash is an incredibly toxic byproduct of coal-derived energy that activists have pushed for years for regulators to address and are now finally having success. Water contamination from coal ash ponds (the pits where the sludge is stored) is widespread and we’re learning more about the extent of the pollution constantly. In fact, a recent analysis by the Environmental Integrity Project revealed that toxic coal ash pollutants are leaking into groundwater surrounding 100 percent of Texas’s power plants for which data are available

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What’s in an energy forecast?

What’s in an energy forecast?

As Greentech Media reported, consultancy McKinsey & Company and global oil major British Petroleum both recently released 2019 outlooks for the global energy sector, and though both forecast that renewables will grow markedly in the coming years, the results present sharply divergent visions of just how much.  McKinsey projects that renewables will account for more than 50 […]

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Can Biofuels Ramp Up to Cut Airline Emissions?

Can Biofuels Ramp Up to Cut Airline Emissions?

Air travel, according to Green Biz, is a growing source of carbon emissions, accounting for 2% of all global carbon emissions, and it is expected to increase to 70% above its 2005 levels by 2020, despite the fact that airlines have been successfully working to improve fuel efficiency and put more passengers on planes to improve fuel efficiency per passenger.  The challenge is that passenger traffic is up so much that efficiency efforts can’t keep pace. 

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Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Will Be Costly

Light Bulb Efficiency Rollback Will Be Costly

The Trump Administration’s anti-environment policies are so extreme, they are now even proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for light bulbs.  In 2017, the day before President Trump took office, the Energy Department issued a rule to expand the types of light bulbs required to meet stronger efficiency standards. According to the web site Utilitydive.com, experts at the Appliance Standards Awareness Project calculated that the changes would cause consumers to lose $12 billion a year in electricity savings by 2025.

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