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A Climate Mitigating Energy Strategy

Belaboring the obvious, Haewon McJeon, an economist with the U.S. energy department and lead author of a new report in the journal Nature, 'Climate change: A crack in the natural-gas bridge' says in a Scientific American article, "The climate change problem requires a climate change solution.” read more

Chevy to Buy Portland State Carbon Credits

Portland State University will sell Chevrolet carbon credits for two and a half years of energy efficiency projects totaling some 1,500 tons of avoided carbon emissions in a move to raise funds for further campus sustainability projects. The deal is part of a voluntary carbon reduction initiative by Chevrolet, launched in 2010 with the goal […]

WHAT DRIVERS DON’T KNOW HOLDS BACK THE FUTURE

What's Holding Back Electric-Car Sales? Many Consumers Don't Know Much About the Vehicles or Available Incentives Yuliya Chernova, September 28, 2014 (Wall Street Journal) “…Research suggests [electric car sales are lower than predicted...Show More Summary

Tour of NuScale control room and test facility

Disclosure: I have a small contract to provide NuScale with advice and energy market information. That work represents less than 5% of my income for 2014. On October 20, 2014, I had the opportunity to visit NuScale’s facilities in Corvallis, OR. Show More Summary

ABQ Doesn’t Need Bus-Rapid Transit System

Randal O'Toole Mayor Richard Berry wants to introduce bus-rapid transit to Albuquerque with a line along Central Avenue. While the idea of bus-rapid transit has merit, the city’s plan to dedicate lanes to buses and give buses priority...Show More Summary

Are U.S. Taxpayer Dollars Supporting Coal Industry Human Rights Violations Overseas?

A fact finding team of five non-governmental organizations released a scathing report, 'The U.S. Export-Import Bank's Dirty Dollars,' on the rampant human rights abuses at the U.S. Export-Import Bank financed Sasan coal-fired power plant and mine in Singrauli, India. read more

Groups Petition FDA to Ban Imported PFCs in Paper Products

A group of consumer and health organizations has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration asking the agency to ban perchlorate and perfluorocarboxylates in paper products that are imported into the US, citing potential harm to human health. In 2011, three US manufacturers voluntarily stopped using the chemicals in pizza boxes and other […]

TODAY’S STUDY: THE IMPACT ON REAL PEOPLE OF RISING POWER PRICES

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Big move at Vogtle – lower ring time lapse

If you are like most people I know, you like watching impressively large objects move in a precision fashion. This video is a time lapse view of the recent lift at Vogtle unit 3 to set the lower ring. That steel object weighs 950 tons and is 51 feet tall. New skills are being developed […] The post Big move at Vogtle – lower ring time lapse appeared first on Atomic Insights.

Backyard Birds Spreading as Climate Changes

Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader...Show More Summary

Industry Input Sought by New Wind-Energy Research Center

A new research center led by UMass Lowell and supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation is bringing industry and university experts in wind energy development together in an attempt to solve mutual problems and advance the field. read more

EPA Approves DuPont’s Low Global Warming Potential Foam

DuPont Fluorochemicals’ Formacel 1100 has received approval from the EPA under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program for use as a foam expansion agent or blowing agent. The purpose of the SNAP Program is to allow a safe, smooth transition away from ozone-depleting compounds by identifying substitutes that offer lower overall risks to human health […]

QUICK NEWS, Oct. 22: SCHOOLS SAVE W/GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; BUILDING FOR NEXT-GEN U.S. BIOFUELS; ENERGY STORAGE MARKET EMERGING

SAVINGS FOR SCHOOLS FROM GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS Using Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems in Schools; Some schools in the United States and Europe have begun to use geothermal energy to cut down on energy consumption and provide...Show More Summary

Political battles hampering function of important agency

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is supposed to be an independent regulator with the mission of regulating the use of radioactive materials to adequately protect public safety, promote the common defense and security, and protect the environment. Show More Summary

Call for Action Intensifies from Multiple Directions: EPA Needs to Regulate Methane Pollution from Oil and Gas

Cutting methane from the oil and gas sector is particularly important for slowing the rate of climate change. About one-quarter of the warming we are experiencing today is a result of methane, and the oil and gas sector is the largest industrial source of methane emissions in the nation. read more

Transportation Optimization Technology Helps Shippers Cut Costs

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, has released Optimize Prime, a platform that designs, analyzes and optimizes transportation distribution networks to eliminate waste and reduce transportation costs. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: WHERE U.S. OFFSHORE WIND WILL CONNECT

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UAMPS stepping forward to serve customers

The established nuclear energy industry has taken a wait-and-see approach to the idea of developing and deploying smaller, simpler fission power stations that can take advantage of the economy of series production. The industry’s trade...Show More Summary

The End of Transit and the Beginning of the New Mobility: Policy Implications of Self-Driving Cars

Randal O'Toole, Marc Scribner, Adam D. Thierer Experimental self-driving cars will be on the market by 2020 and will radically transform the 21st century. What should Washington policymakers know about the future of American mobility?...Show More Summary

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