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Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central, focusing on energy and climate change. Prior to joining Climate Central, Magill 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 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." A former Colorado and New Mexico wilderness guide and a South Carolina native, Magill holds a B.A. in Communications with a specialization in Mass Media from the College of Charleston. 

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Carbon Capture Faces Hurdles of Will, Not Technology

Carbon Capture Faces Hurdles of Will, Not Technology

The IPCC calls for carbon capture and storage technology to be used to reduce CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere to prevent the worst consequences of climate change from occurring. Scientists say the technology is ready, but there is no incentive to build carbon sequestration projects.… Read More

Okla. Utilities Hit Homes Using Solar With Extra Fee

Okla. Utilities Hit Homes Using Solar With Extra Fee

Anyone living in Oklahoma planning to power their home using a rooftop solar panel will soon be charged a fee for the right to do that while being connected to the local power grid. Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed the “solar surcharge” bill into law on Monday, permitting utilities to charge an extra fee to any customer using distributed power… Read More

U.S. State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision

U.S. State Department Delays Keystone XL Decision

The U.S. State Department is delaying its decision on whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline to give federal agencies more time to review the proposal. The delay could push the Keystone XL decision beyond the November midterm elections.… Read More

Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel

Huge Methane Leaks Add Doubt on Gas as ‘Bridge’ Fuel

A study published Monday adds to the growing evidence those escaping gases, called "fugitive" emissions, are numerous, especially methane emissions while a well is being drilled, a phase of well development previously thought to emit little if any methane. Methane is about 35 times as potent as a climate change-driving greenhouse gas than carbon di… Read More

U.S. Drought Retreats 15 Percent in One Year

U.S. Drought Retreats 15 Percent in One Year

The area of the contiguous U.S. affected by drought has dropped nearly 13 percent over the last year, and the area of the Lower 48 under abnormally dry or drier conditions has dropped nearly 15 percent, according to Thursday’s U.S. Drought Monitor.… Read More

Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action?

Can Business Break Impasse on Climate Action?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged immediate action on adapting to human-caused climate change in the second part of its fifth assessment report, released in March. But it may be that governments and the media may be poorly equipped to deliver that dire message to the public.… Read More

Wind, Solar Energy Driving Electricity Storage Technology

Wind, Solar Energy Driving Electricity Storage Technology

Speaking at the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit in New York City on Wednesday, a panel of experts said renewables are driving the development of energy storage systems worldwide, but before they are able to catch on, they’ll have to overcome a public perception problem.… Read More

Utilities Disagree On How EPA Should Regulate Emissions

Utilities Disagree On How EPA Should Regulate Emissions

Speaking Tuesday at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Future of Energy Summit in New York City, several representatives of the electric power industry and an environmental consultant said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pending rules are injecting significant uncertainty into their ability to plan for the future, but they disputed the val… Read More

Cheap Solar Power Pushes Renewables Growth Worldwide

Cheap Solar Power Pushes Renewables Growth Worldwide

A new report from the United Nations and Bloomberg shows renewables such as wind and solar are gaining market share globally despite a decline in investments between 2012 and 2013. The reason: Solar is getting cheaper.… Read More

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

U.S. Lags Behind China in Renewables Investments

For the second year, an annual Pew Charitable Trusts report, “Who’s Winning the Clean Energy Race?”, shows that China is the world leader in clean energy investment, with $54 billion in investments in renewables in 2013, well above total U.S. 2013 investment of $36.7 billion.… Read More

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

Mind the Fracking Data Gap, Study Says

A new University of Texas-Austin analysis of natural gas drilling and fracking in urban areas near Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, not only illuminates that fracking knowledge gap, but blasts regulatory agencies at nearly every level of government for dismissing public concern about the health and environmental impacts of oil and gas development.… Read More

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Rains Won’t Quell California Wildfire Season

Where there is drought in the West, major wildfires are sure to ignite. 2014, just like last year, promises to be another year of destructive wildland blazes in the states where drought has hit the hardest over the last several years: California, Arizona and New Mexico. The rest of the country, however, can expect a nearly-normal or below normal f… Read More

Fracking Boosts U.S. Oil to 10 Percent of Global Supply

Fracking Boosts U.S. Oil to 10 Percent of Global Supply

The headlong rush to produce "tight" oil in Texas, North Dakota and elsewhere has catapulted the U.S.’s contribution to total global crude oil supply to more than 10 percent, new U.S. Energy Information Administration data show.… Read More

Fracking the USA: New Map Shows 1 Million Oil, Gas Wells

Fracking the USA: New Map Shows 1 Million Oil, Gas Wells

FracTracker researche counted more than 1.1 million active oil and gas wells across 36 states, published most of the raw location data for each of those wells and mapped them. The result is an interactive map showing generally where you’ll find oil and gas wells, fracked or not, and the oil and gas basins where wells could be drilled in the future.… Read More

Catch the Breeze: Wind Farms Blast Across U.S.

Catch the Breeze: Wind Farms Blast Across U.S.

Two new online interactive maps produced by the federal government show where the nation’s wind farms are, how quickly they were built and what impact they may have on the landscape.… Read More

Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom

Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom

Technological advances in drilling efficiency is one of the reasons shale oil and natural gas production continues to skyrocket in six of America’s biggest oil and natural gas fields, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.… Read More

North Dakota Gas Flaring Doubles, Pumping CO2 Into Air

North Dakota Gas Flaring Doubles, Pumping CO2 Into Air

Fracking for crude oil in North Dakota is big business, but the amount of natural gas wasted through flaring has doubled in the state's Bakken shale oil field since 2011, emitting millions of metric tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. … Read More

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

Wood Burning for Home Heating Trendy in Northeast

As prices of propane and heating oil have risen in recent years, residents in all Northeastern states are increasingly turning to wood as their primary source of home heating fuel, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released this week.… Read More

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

GAO: Climate Change Threatens Energy Infrastructure

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report in March showing that U.S. power lines, electric power plants, renewable energy generators and other energy infrastructure are threatened in a changing climate, especially to rising seas, extreme weather and drought. … Read More

Rains Ease Calif. Drought, Make Wildfire Outlook Grimmer

Rains Ease Calif. Drought, Make Wildfire Outlook Grimmer

The massive Pacific storm that streamed onto the California shoreline dropped a lot of rain, but it did little to ease long-term drought conditions and may end up making an expected catastrophic wildfire season even worse.… Read More

Drought Fuels Rising Tide of Texas Water Conservation

Drought Fuels Rising Tide of Texas Water Conservation

Texans learned three years ago what exceptional drought possibly aggravated by climate change looks like: 4 million charred acres of land, thousands of burned homes and water supply reservoirs dry or draining fast. As the drought wears on, a culture of water conservation has risen with it, especially in San Antonio and Austin, but for different rea… Read More

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat

In Texas, which straddles the wet-dry divide between East and West, drought likely exacerbated by climate change means that confronting the threat of wildfires has become a way of life. And nowhere is that better illustrated than here in Austin, a booming metropolitan area of 1.8 million people.… Read More

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

NY State Expects All Utilities to Prep for Climate Change

As part of a rate plan settlement with New York's largest utility, the state Public Services Commission said it expects all of New York State's utilities to address climate change preparations in the future expansion and construction plans. … Read More

Study: Farm Efficiency More Critical Than Quitting Meat

Study: Farm Efficiency More Critical Than Quitting Meat

It turns out that convincing people to go vegetarian is not the only way to combat the greenhouse gas and climate change footprint of raising livestock. A new study suggests that cattle farmers can do more to reduce emissions, making meat consumption less damaging to the environment, particularly in developing countries. … Read More

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind Helped Keep Lights On in Texas During Cold Snap

Wind power may have prevented rolling blackouts in Texas as power demand spiked during winter cold spells in January and February. In a changing climate, wind power is seen as part of the solution to weaning the country away from greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Wind power may even begin to compete on its own directly with natural gas as a maj… Read More