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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

States’ Electricity Goals Have Limited Reach: Study

States’ Electricity Goals Have Limited Reach: Study

Renewable electricity goals put in place by 29 states are cutting pollution that causes climate change, but they are only making a minuscule difference in overall U.S. and global greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report released Tuesday by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Electricity generation is the globe’s biggest single source… Read More

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016 will kick off with a sense of optimism about climate change after the success of the Paris climate talks in December. In the U.S., that may mean more enthusiasm for commitments to renewables and other lower-carbon energy sources as low oil prices make the future of fossil fuels production in the U.S. and Canada less certain.… Read More

The Biggest Energy and Climate Stories of 2015

The Biggest Energy and Climate Stories of 2015

The months leading up to the historic climate deal in Paris in December were filled with news about advancements in both energy policy and technology that will help cut greenhouse gas emissions. Here’s a look at the five of the biggest energy stories of 2015.… Read More

U.S. Government’s Energy Use Hits 40-Year Low

U.S. Government’s Energy Use Hits 40-Year Low

Energy efficiency is a major component of the Obama administration’s climate policies, and data released this week show the federal government is beginning to lead by example by reducing its energy use to its lowest level since 1975. Federal agencies, which represent about 1 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, have reduced their energy use … Read More

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