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Subsidizing Coal and Nuclear Power Could Drive Customers off the Grid

By Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University Within the next month, energy watchers expect the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to act on an order from Energy Secretary Rick Perry that would create new pricing rules for certain power plants that can store fuel on site to support grid resilience. Show More Summary

Big Oil Companies Being Sued for Climate Impacts Could be a ‘New Normal’

BONN, GERMANY – Fossil fuel companies have known for a long time that their products significantly contribute to climate change. But it wasn’t until recently that scientists began to understand just how much of the climate crisis could...Show More Summary

Trump Eyes Arctic Wildlife Refuge for Oil Drilling, Alarming Gwich’in

In the remote north-eastern corner of Alaska, just under 20-million acres have been set aside  as a federal protected area since 1960. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge has recently come under threat, however, with President Donald...Show More Summary

Why Meeting the Paris Climate Goals Is an Existential Threat to Fossil Fuel Industries

By Henry Kelly, University of Michigan Attacks on climate policies are not really about the science. They’re about the future of fossil fuels. Any program with a reasonable chance of meeting the goals embraced by the 2016 Paris accords...Show More Summary

The Climate Science Denial Promoters Behind Queensland's Energy Scare Election Headlines

In the final week before an election, the biggest-selling newspaper in the Australian state of Queensland screamed a front-page headline that cut into one of the poll’s most divisive issues. “ Nervous Energy” read the headline, claiming...Show More Summary

TransCanada’s Safety Record Played No Role in Nebraska’s Keystone XL Approval

Today a Nebraska commission handed TransCanada the final permit it needed to build its long-contested Keystone XL pipeline, a decision which did not consider the company’s previous safety violations. The decision to approve the international...Show More Summary

Climate Depot's Marc Morano Returns to UN Climate Talks to Mock Activists, Spin Climate Denial

Climate Depot's Marc Morano made his annual trek to the United Nations climate talks, where he and his colleagues like to tweak climate campaigners and delegates with their well-greased climate science-denying PR  machine. Click here for reuse options! Tags: COP23 marc morano Climate Depot climate denial UNFCCC

Did Northam’s Office Try to Hide the Dominion Executives and Lobbyists Sitting on His Transition Team?

Virginia’s Democratic governor-elect, Ralph Northam, announced his transition committee this week. In a press release, his office listed 85 individuals who will comprise the “bipartisan” committee, representing Virginians “from across...Show More Summary

Despite Trump Plan to Ditch Paris Accord, Former US Climate Envoy Thinks America Will Be Back

BONN, GERMANY – Even if Donald Trump successfully withdraws the U.S. from the Paris climate accord in the next three years, Todd Stern, former climate envoy under Obama, doesn’t think the country will be gone from the agreement for good. “ I just firmly believe the U.S. Show More Summary

Industry is Betting Big on CCS as a 'Shield' for Fossil Fuels at Bonn Climate Talks

BONN, GERMANY – Each day at the international climate talks, dozens of side events take place on a wide range of topics: from phasing out coal to the role of music in the climate action movement. Those looking for the particular thrill of learning about carbon capture and storage ( CCS ) technology have been spoilt for choice. Show More Summary

Germany Must Phase Out Coal to Meet Merkel's Climate Pledge, Pacific Islanders Plea

This morning, before German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived at the United Nations climate talks in Bonn, UN staffers rolled out a red carpet.  At the same time, a group of Pacific Islanders rolled out their own red carpet, in the form...Show More Summary

State Leaders Diss Trump Coal Revival as US Pushes 'Cleaner' Fossil Fuels at Climate Talks

BONN, GERMANY – From the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, Arnold Schwarzenegger declared he wasn’t worried about Donald Trump — not his threats to withdraw from the Paris agreement or his plan to bring back coal. “ Imagine bringing back coal,” laughed the former California governor. Show More Summary

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Opponents File to Intervene in Hearing for Private Security Firm in Louisiana

A broad base of advocacy groups opposed to Energy Transfer Partners’ ( ETP ) proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline continue to pressure officials in Louisiana to deny the remaining permissions the company needs to build the pipeline. The groups...Show More Summary

Northam’s Transition Team Leader Has Ties to Companies Behind Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Virginia’s governor-elect, Ralph Northam, wasted no time in organizing a transition team. A day after his November 7th victory, Northam announced that Marianne Radcliff, a former state transportation official with rich experience inShow More Summary

The Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit is a Bipartisan Success Story, Which House Republicans Want to Undo

As the House and Senate develop their respective versions of a tax reform bill, the $7,500 federal electric vehicle ( EV ) tax credit is positioned to be a potential bargaining chip. The House’s version of the bill, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” includes a repeal of the EV tax credit. Click here for reuse options! Tags: electric vehicles evs tax reform koch vs clean

Debt Vultures Behind Puerto Rico Austerity Are Also Fueling Climate Change

By Rob Galbraith, crossposted from's Eyes on the Ties  The island of Puerto Rico has been devastated by a set of human-made catastrophes – two hurricanes supercharged by fossil fuel emissions and a debt crisis and ruthless...Show More Summary

Proposed Bailout of Coal and Nuclear Is Trump Admin’s Attempt to Save Dying Industries

Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently ordered the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to fast-track a rule that purports to make the energy grid more resilient but which in reality will force utility customers to buy more expensive electricity...Show More Summary

Climate Denier Lamar Smith Holds Rare Congressional Hearing on Geoengineering

Geoengineering, hailed in some circles as a potential technofix to the climate change crisis, has taken a step closer to going mainstream.   The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a rare joint subcommittee hearing on November 8, only the second ever congressional hearing of its kind on the topic (the first was held in 2009). Show More Summary

National Academy Study Touts Oil-by-Rail Safety But Supports Weakening Regulations

A new study by the National Academy of Sciences concludes that the rail industry should do more to improve the safety of transporting oil and ethanol by rail, which includes addressing track safety and rail tank cars. Both of these are well-known...Show More Summary

How Dominion Energy, Fracked Gas Giant, Lost Big in Virginia Election

By David Pomerantz, crossposted from Energy and Policy Institute Virginia’s top corporate political contributor, Dominion Energy, had a rough night last night, as at least 14 candidates who pledged not to accept money from the monopoly...Show More Summary

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