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Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

Power Plant Emissions Fall to Lowest Level in Decades

Carbon dioxide emissions from electric power plants have fallen to their lowest level in decades, and that trend could help states meet their emissions goals under the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan if it survives court challenges, according to new U.S. Energy Information Administration data and a New York University analysis. Carbon … Read More

EPA Moves to Regulate Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

EPA Moves to Regulate Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

The Obama administration announced new rules on Thursday aimed at cutting methane emissions from new oil and gas wells and fracking operations. The rules also will require energy companies to provide pollution information to the Environmental Protection Agency so it can regulate methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells. Methane warms the … Read More

Global 2040 Forecast Sees Only Slight Fall in Fossil Fuels

Global 2040 Forecast Sees Only Slight Fall in Fossil Fuels

Despite the urgency to cut greenhouse gas emissions as climate change bears down on the globe, fossil fuel use is not likely to change much in the coming decades. Though renewable energy will grow quickly though 2040, gasoline and diesel will still move most of the world’s vehicles, and coal will still be the largest single source of carbon … Read More

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