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One Mickey Mouse Thing: Disney World Goes Solar

One Mickey Mouse Thing: Disney World Goes Solar

Disney World turned on the power February 27th to its brand new 50 MW solar farm, Axios reported. The new solar farm sits on a large parcel right next to Disney’s Animal Kingdon in Orlando and will create enough clean power to keep things running at two of the four Disney resorts there, which is […]

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Iowa’s wind can help power East Coast cities

Iowa’s wind can help power East Coast cities

While a transition to renewable energy is one of our best bets to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change the lack of energy transmission lines from where renewable energy is produced to where it’s needed is a big impediment to its growth. As Greentech Media explained, our current century-old grid system presents […]

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Volkswagen all in on EVs

Volkswagen all in on EVs

After its 2015 scandal where Volkswagen admitted to US regulators that it cheated on emissions tests, the German automaker has unveiled its new plan to invest heavily in electric vehicles and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. According to VW’s recent press release, the company plans to release 70 new electric models in the next ten […]

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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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