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Bobby Magill is a Senior Science Writer at Climate Central, focusing on energy and climate change. Prior to joining Climate Central, Bobby covered Western energy and environmental issues as a freelance writer for Popular Mechanics and as an award-winning reporter for the Fort Collins Coloradoan newspaper in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Daily Sentinel newspaper in Grand Junction, Colorado. His work has also appeared in USA Today, High Country News, NewWest.net and other publications. His coverage of oil and gas drilling and fracking at the Coloradoan earned a commendation from the Columbia Journalism Review as a "model for other reporters on this beat in the West and beyond." Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Bobby was a wilderness guide in Colorado and New Mexico and holds a B.A. in Communications with a specialization in Mass Media from the College of Charleston. He lives in New York City. 

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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

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

Solar Farms Expected to Outpace Natural Gas in U.S.

Solar Farms Expected to Outpace Natural Gas in U.S.

2016 is shaping up to be a milestone year for energy, and when the final accounting is done, one of the biggest winners is likely to be solar power. For the first time, more electricity-generating capacity from solar power plants is expected to have been built in the U.S. than from natural gas and wind, U.S. Department of Energy data show. … Read More

Obama Bars Arctic Drilling Ahead of Trump Inauguration

Obama Bars Arctic Drilling Ahead of Trump Inauguration

The Obama administration on Tuesday put vast swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans off limits to oil and gas drilling to protect marine life, address climate change and safeguard the areas from development after President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. At the same time, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada … Read More

Public Climate Information Threatened Under Trump

Public Climate Information Threatened Under Trump

Websites maintained by the federal government are among the first online stops for the general public — from students, local policymakers and everyone else — to learn about climate change. There is rising concern among scientists and climate communications experts that those websites may be among the first to be deleted, politicized or degraded … Read More

Trump Reportedly Pivots to Zinke for Interior Post

Trump Reportedly Pivots to Zinke for Interior Post

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., a former Navy SEAL who is champion of the coal industry and a climate science denialist, as Interior secretary, according to multiple news reports. Trump had reportedly previously considered U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. last week. … 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

Reported Interior Pick Yet Another Climate Denialist

Reported Interior Pick Yet Another Climate Denialist

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a sixth-term Republican from Washington State who is a climate change denialist and an ardent opponent of regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, has reportedly been selected by President-elect Donal Trump for Secretary of Interior.… Read More

Offshore Wind Project to Go Live as Industry Eyes Trump

Offshore Wind Project to Go Live as Industry Eyes Trump

In a few days, the water-bound wind turbines off of Rhode Island’s Block Island are expected to generate electricity commercially for the first time, and New Englanders are set to become the first in U.S. history to use electric power generated from an offshore wind turbine. The Block Island Wind Project is the first commercial offshore wind … Read More

Trump Picks Strident Foe of EPA to Lead the EPA

Trump Picks Strident Foe of EPA to Lead the EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general and a champion of the oil and gas industry, to run the the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal office that enforces nearly all laws that protect America’s air and water. Pruitt, among the nation’s most vehement critics of the EPA and Obama administration … Read More

U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts

U.S. Oil Exports Skyrocket Despite Climate Pacts

Seven years ago, the U.S. exported its crude oil to just one country — Canada. This year, 23 countries received American crude oil, marking a more than 1,000 percent increase in U.S. oil exports since 2009, according to U.S. Department of Energy data released this week. Since Congress lifted restrictions on American oil exports a year ago, more … Read More

Protection of Public Lands Cast in Doubt

Protection of Public Lands Cast in Doubt

Donald Trump’s election portends a major shift in how one of America’s greatest bulwarks against the impacts of climate change will be protected and used for fossil fuel development. Scientists and conservationists are just beginning to grasp what may lay ahead for more than 600 million acres of national forests, monuments, parks, conservation are… Read More

EPA Imperiled Under Ebell, But Agency May Survive Yet

EPA Imperiled Under Ebell, But Agency May Survive Yet

Myron Ebell, the man who is shaping the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, is the consummate climate denier. Ebell does not believe in global warming, the science behind it, or the government regulations to rein in harmful emissions. Ebell’s mission over the past 15 years has been to sew public… Read More

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Safely Burying CO2

Scientists Take Big Step Toward Safely Burying CO2

For the first time, scientists have injected carbon dioxide into ancient lava flows and watched it solidify, demonstrating that capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or a power plant smokestack and safely storing it underground may be a realistic way to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change.… 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

U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

U.S. Designates Electric Vehicle Charging Corridors

The federal government is designating 48 electric vehicle charging corridors along 25,000 miles of major U.S. highways as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and make it easier for drivers to switch to electric cars, the White House announced Thursday. The plan calls for electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at least every 50 miles … Read More

Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2

Sewage Plants Overlooked Source of CO2

Wastewater treatment plants may be responsible for emitting up to 23 percent more greenhouse gas than previously thought because of fossil fuels in detergent-laden water from residential showers, household washing machines and industrial sites, new research shows. Treatment plants emit greenhouse gases such as methane and nitrous oxide when they… Read More

Climate on the Ballot in Washington and Florida

Climate on the Ballot in Washington and Florida

As Election Day nears, voters in two states will weigh in on climate-related ballot measures that could reverberate throughout the country — the nation’s first-ever carbon tax in Washington State and two constitutional amendments affecting the future of solar power development in Florida. Washington’s proposed Initiative Measure 732 would impose… Read More

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

Large crude oil discoveries in 2016 face uncertain prospects of development for many reasons, but climate change isn’t one of them, at least for the moment. Climate policies that help countries meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement are likely to have little effect on newly discovered oil fields because the Paris pact all but ignores … Read More

Renewables Poised for Rapid Growth Worldwide

Renewables Poised for Rapid Growth Worldwide

About 500,000 solar panels are installed each day worldwide. In China, two wind turbines are built every hour. Those statistics are laid out in a new International Energy Agency report cataloguing the rise of renewable energy, which is expected to be the source of about 28 percent of the world’s electricity by 2021 — up from 23 percent last year. … Read More

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

U.S. Energy Shakeup Continues as Solar Capacity Triples

Solar power capacity in the U.S. will have nearly tripled in size in less than three years by 2017 amid an energy shakeup that has seen natural gas solidify its position as the country’s chief source of electricity and coal power continue to fade, according to monthly data published by the U.S. Department of Energy. Cutting carbon dioxide … Read More

Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a ‘Moral Hazard’

Scientists Warn Negative Emissions Are a ‘Moral Hazard’

Removing carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere to prevent global warming from becoming catastrophic may be a fool’s game amounting to a “moral hazard par excellence,” according to a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. Nobody knows if atmospheric carbon removal — known as negative emissions — will work, and it could delay … Read More

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