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Perry Dodges Climate Questions, Defends Energy Dept.

Perry Dodges Climate Questions, Defends Energy Dept.

Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry fiercely defended the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday, and told senators at his confirmation hearing that while he now believes in human-caused climate change, he questions the extent to which humans are influencing it. Perry, who as a presidential candidate said in 2011 that he’d eliminate … Read More

Pruitt Dances on Climate, Calls for Change at EPA

Pruitt Dances on Climate, Calls for Change at EPA

“Restoring” trust in government. Adhering to the “rule of law.” Giving local officials more influence over federal regulation. Climate change is “not a hoax,” but climate science is “subject to debate.” These were the themes on display Wednesday during the fiery Senate confirmation hearing for Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee … Read More

Interior Nominee Zinke Doubles Down on Coal

Interior Nominee Zinke Doubles Down on Coal

Interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke emphasized the Trump administration’s vow to recommit America to fossil fuels.… Read More

Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust

Canada’s Vast Source of Climate Pollution May Go Bust

The Canadian oil sands are one of the world’s largest sources of climate pollution and America’s biggest source of imported oil. And they may be about to go bust. Canada’s oil sands, also known as tar sands, are the world’s fourth-largest reserve of crude oil. Mining them unleashes massive volumes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, easing the … Read More

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Trump Nominees Should Answer These Climate Questions

Tuesday marked the start of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. The grueling sessions allow senators from both parties to probe nominees’ backgrounds, question their views and priorities for the agencies they’ll be tasked with running, and weigh their expertise. One potential flashpoint for a number of nominees is… Read More

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

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

These Are the 10 Most Important Climate Stories of 2016

This year is likely to remembered as a turning point for climate change. It’s the year the impacts of rising carbon pollution became impossible to ignore. The world is overheating and vast swaths of the planet have suffered the consequences. At the same time, it’s also a year where world leaders crafted and agreed on a number of plans to try to … Read More

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Strong El Niño Brings Warmer Global Temperatures Global average temperatures are generally higher in El Niño years vs. La Niña years.

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