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U.S. on Track to Become Net Energy Exporter by 2026

U.S. on Track to Become Net Energy Exporter by 2026

The amount of energy Americans use and the pollution they emit from using coal, oil and natural gas are not likely to change radically over the next 30 years, even as the U.S. becomes a major energy exporter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook, published Thursday. The outlook, which does not factor in … Read More

Four Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017

Four Critical Energy Issues to Watch in 2017

The U.S. may be on the cusp of a stark turning point in energy and climate policy with the election of Donald Trump, who has stocked his cabinet with a majority of people who doubt or reject established climate science. Top priorities of the Trump transition team and cabinet nominees -- many who disregard the connection between global warming and … Read More

Wind Power Enjoys Rebirth as Solar’s Obstacles Mount

Wind Power Enjoys Rebirth as Solar’s Obstacles Mount

A year after Congress extended generous tax credits for renewable energy projects, the U.S. wind industry is thriving. Solar power companies, meanwhile, are hunkering down for a rough 2017. The tax credit renewal has boosted the long-term outlooks for both industries. But in the short term, the subsidies are far more attractive for wind power,… Read More

Rick Perry Tapped to Run Energy Agency He Vowed to Kill

Rick Perry Tapped to Run Energy Agency He Vowed to Kill

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a climate science denier who once said that he wanted to shut down the U.S. Department of Energy, has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to run that very agency. In Perry’s famous “oops!” moment in 2011 that helped derail his candidacy for president, he forgot the name of the Energy Department during a … Read More

Google Plans to Be 100 Percent Renewable Next Year

Google Plans to Be 100 Percent Renewable Next Year

For six years, Google has aggressively purchased renewable energy to power the email accounts, searches, app downloads, video streams and other services that have become an integral part of daily online life. In the process, it became the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy on the planet. Next year it plans to go one step further, ensuring… Read More

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Sticking to 1.5°C Limit Would Protect World Economy

Limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C, a goal of the Paris Agreement on climate change, would avoid economic losses by 2050 of $12 trillion, or around 10 percent of the world's GDP, compared to staying on the current track of at least 3°C of warming, the U.N. Development Programme said. Sticking to the 1.5°C limit … Read More

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

Trump Could Ignite ‘Dramatic’ Reversal on Clean Energy

A huge shift to clean energy is under way in the U.S. but the election of Donald Trump as president means progress could be reversed unless cities and states do more, energy experts have warned. Installed wind capacity has grown by more than 40 percent in the U.S. since 2011, according to the Georgetown Climate Center, with solar capacity … Read More

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

States May Drive U.S. Climate Policy Under Trump

Donald Trump could scrap the Obama administration’s plans to combat climate change once he takes office, a move that could shift climate policy making to local lawmakers instead of national ones, experts say. Throughout his campaign, Trump made his vision for federal climate policy clear: He has promised to reverse Obama’s climate agenda … Read More

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Inland Flooding Threat to Increase by 2050 A large majority of states will face an increased threat of inland flooding by mid-century.

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