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Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Strong El Niño Helped Lower U.S. Heating Costs

Was your heating bill a bit friendlier to your wallet this winter? If so, there’s a good chance you can thank El Niño. The exceptionally strong El Niño in the Pacific has been driving chaotic weather across the globe for months, but it also contributed to a mild winter in the U.S., which was about 15 percent warmer than the winter of 2014-2015.… Read More

Is Nuclear Power Our Energy Future, Or in a Death Spiral?

Is Nuclear Power Our Energy Future, Or in a Death Spiral?

Nuclear power is dead. Long live nuclear power. Nuclear power is the only way forward. Nuclear power is a red herring. Nuclear power is too dangerous. Nuclear power is the safest power source around. Nuclear is nothing. Nuclear is everything. It is now generally agreed that the world must rapidly reduce carbon emissions in order to fight off… Read More

Utilities Cut Coal Use Amid Clean Power Plan Fight

Utilities Cut Coal Use Amid Clean Power Plan Fight

Critics of the Obama administration’s most sweeping climate policy hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in February to temporarily block it, saying the ruling on the Clean Power Plan could breathe new life into the flagging coal industry. But even as those critics await further rulings on whether the plan is constitutional, utilities are … Read More

Low Oil Prices Force Slowdown of U.S. Tar Sands Project

Low Oil Prices Force Slowdown of U.S. Tar Sands Project

A Canadian company’s efforts to produce oil sands in the United States are not dead, but thanks to crude oil prices that have dipped below $30 per barrel, they may be in critical condition. U.S. Oil Sands, the Alberta-based company working on a project slated to produce crude oil from oil sands on public lands in Utah, is slowing its PR Spring oil… Read More

Coal Slides to New Low As Source of Electricity

Coal Slides to New Low As Source of Electricity

The amount of electricity generated using coal in the U.S. slid to its lowest level since at least 1970 in November, according to data released this week by the Energy Information Administration. Coal-fired power plants generated 29 percent of the U.S. electric power supply in November, dropping from nearly 35 percent in July and 39 percent for … Read More

Study: Grid For Renewables Key to Cutting Emissions

Study: Grid For Renewables Key to Cutting Emissions

Carbon dioxide emissions from generating electricity could be cut by 78 percent within the next 15 years if the country makes the same Herculean effort to expand solar and wind technology that it did to build the Interstate Highway System. That’s the conclusion of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study published Monday in … Read More

New Rules Would Cut Methane Vented on Public Lands

New Rules Would Cut Methane Vented on Public Lands

The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules that would lead to a crackdown on oil and gas wells that vent or flare methane into the atmosphere on public and tribal lands. Methane is about 35 times as potent as carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas driving climate change over the span of a century, and it’s the chief component of natural gas… Read More

Citing Climate Change, Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing

Citing Climate Change, Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing

The Obama administration on Friday brought a temporary halt to new coal mining leases on federal lands while it conducts a three-year review meant to bring coal leasing in line with U.S. climate policy. The moratorium comes just days after Obama said in his State of the Union Address that he would push to change the way the government manages its … Read More

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Stagnant Days of Summer on the Rise Studies suggest a warming climate will further increase the number of stagnation days across parts of the country.

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