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You Ought to Have a Look: Dr. John Christy’s House Testimony

Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of...Show More Summary

Bayer Refuses EPA’s Request to Pull Pesticide in US

Bayer Crop Science says it has refused a request by the EPA to pull its Belt pesticide off the market in the US. The chemical company says the EPA is exaggerating the environmental risk posed by flubendiamide, the pesticide’s active ingredient, and says it will seek a review of the product’s registration in an administrative […]

Oil Mist Filters for Continuous Operation

Nederman has introduced a new range of oil mist filtration products, called Nederman Filtac, based on its FibreDrain technology, designed for continuous operation. Oil mist and smoke, generated by nearly every metal machining operation, can harm employee health, production equipment and business revenue. Show More Summary

Dirt devil: Airlines filter through info on latest fuel quality issue

At the Platts Middle Distillates Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, in late January, those attending spoke a diesel-focused language, this being Europe where people mostly drive diesel cars even after the VW scandal. So I had to filter out a lot of information to get any dirt on jet fuel — also a middle distillate. And what did […]

An Ill-conceived Tax Idea

Yesterday we learned that President Obama's final budget proposal includes a plan to raise money for transportation projects and other uses by imposing a per-barrel tax on US oil companies. Here are a few quick thoughts on this ill-conceived...Show More Summary

Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

More than 300 million people in India have no access to grid electricity, and the problem is especially acute in rural communities, which can be difficult and expensive to reach with grid power. But researchers are exploring ways to extend electricity access to such communities using microgrids. read more

MEN AND WOMEN AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Gender sensitivity could aid climate change projects Jeremy Hartley, February 4. 2016 (SciDevNet) “Men and women living [in the undeveloped world] face different climate change impacts which, if overlooked, could further widen gender...Show More Summary

GLOBAL OCEAN WIND ADVANCING

Offshore Wind Market Update; Global and Country-Level Market Analyses and Forecasts, Wind Turbine Vendor Market Shares, and Turbine Technology Trends 1Q 2016 (Navigant Research) “The offshore wind energy market continues to march ahead,...Show More Summary

600 MILES OF SOLAR ROADS FOR FRANCE

France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar Panels; In five years, France hopes the panels will supply power to 5 million people Danny Lewis, February 4, 2016 (Smithsonian) “…[France’s 621 mile Wattway…will be built in collaboration with the French road-building company Colas and the National Institute of Solar Energy. Show More Summary

INDONESIA INVITES FOREIGN CAPITAL FOR GEOTHERMAL

Foreigners may own 100% of geothermal businesses Koirhul Amin, February 4, 2016 (Jakarta Post) “The government will issue a new regulation soon that will allow foreign investors to hold 100 percent ownership of [10 megawatt or larger]...Show More Summary

Understanding the Clean Energy Incentive Program

EPA’s greenhouse gas regulation, the Clean Power Plan, won’t take effect until 2022, but planning is already well underway in states across the country. Initial state compliance plans are due in September of this year but many states will opt for an extension and submit final plans in 2018. read more

Preventing Future Aliso Canyon-Sized Gas Leaks: the Importance of Well Integrity

Southern California is now in month three of one of the country’s worst environmental disasters. In October 2015, a natural gas storage well operated by SoCal Gas sprung a massive leak hundreds of feet underground, releasing nearly 1,400 tons of gas into the air each day at its peak. read more

Corporate Interest In Green Energy Requires New Thinking From Electric Utilities

There was a news nugget in the American Wind Energy Association’s latest market report, released last week, that should be required reading for electric utility executives everywhere. Basically: Corporate America is going green and if you don’t give them what they want, they are going to get it on their own. read more

The Future of RPS Policies

State renewable portfolio standards are widely recognized for their critical role in driving renewable energy growth. However, their full impacts on future renewable energy development have not been fully recognized, even by key government agencies. read more

High Inventories Help Push Crude Oil Prices to Lowest Levels in 13 Years

Several factors have played a part in pushing U.S. crude oil prices below $30 per barrel (b), including high inventory levels of crude oil, uncertainty about global economic growth, volatility in equity and nonenergy commodity markets, and the potential for additional crude oil supply to enter the market. read more

Laying it All Out: How Low Income Communities can Win with the Clean Power Plan

A hidden gem in the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the potential to benefit low-income communities. However, residents and advocates of these communities - often the hardest hit by dirty power - need to be ready in order to realize these benefits. read more

Is Bernie Sanders like Ted Cruz an enemy of Science?

Aging, trouble plagued Presidential Candidate, Bernie Sanders makes no bones about what he thinks of Nuclear Power. Sander's statedabout his home states only Nuclear Power Plant, Vermont Yankee: "In my state there is a strong feeling that we want to go forward with energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Show More Summary

Clean Power Plan: Obama’s Team Confident About Pitch to Supreme Court

The Obama administration is asking the US Supreme Court to reject a request by 27 states to initially allow them to put off complying with the Clean Power Plan — a step toward eventually wiping out the rule altogether. The White House is fairly confident in its pitch, with legal onlookers noting that it has […]

Meet the Technologies GE, Statoil Say Will Revolutionize Oil & Gas Water Management

The latest technologies poised to reduce water usage in onshore oil and gas production, according to General Electric and Statoil, include a water treatment via a nano-sponge, ice crystals and an evaporator tornado, as well as high-powered laser beams that make pipes super water repellent. Managing water is one of the industry’s biggest challenges. However, […]

Keystone Redux: TransCanada is Now Seeking An Ocean Route for its Dirty Tar Sands

The company that eventually lost a bid to build the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (and has filed a lawsuit against the United States government for $15 billion for lost profits) is eyeing to get its tar sands oil to the Gulf Coast another way: by sea. read more

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