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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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Pollution From Canada’s Oil Sands May Be Underreported

Pollution From Canada’s Oil Sands May Be Underreported

Canadian scientists have found that the standard way of tallying air and climate pollution from Alberta’s oil sands vastly understates pollution levels there — by as much as 4.5 times, according to a Canadian government study published Monday. The study shows that air samples collected using aircraft may be a more accurate way to tally air and … Read More

A Cooler Future May Hinge on Removing CO2 From the Air

A Cooler Future May Hinge on Removing CO2 From the Air

Climate pollution equal to about 27 times humans’ 2015 carbon dioxide emissions may have to be removed from the atmosphere and locked underground forever in order to keep the globe from warming beyond 1.5°C (2.7°F) above preindustrial levels, according to a new study. The research, led by scientists at the International Institute for Applied … Read More

Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World

Scientists: Get Used to Wildfires in a Warming World

Communities across the Western U.S. and Canada may have to adapt to living with the ever-increasing threat of catastrophic wildfires as global warming heats up and dries out forests across the West, according to a University of Colorado study published Monday. Residents living in neighborhoods adjacent to forests — known as “wildland-urban … Read More

Carbon Emissions Factor Into Major Oil Sands Shakeup

Carbon Emissions Factor Into Major Oil Sands Shakeup

As global companies abandon the Canadian oil sands at a time of low oil prices and huge losses, some of them are also concerned that producing one of the world’s most carbon-laden fossil fuels may be bad business in a warming world. A wave of sell-offs began last year when Murphy Oil and Norway’s Statoil decided to pull out of the oil sands. Royal… Read More

Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record

Electricity’s Carbon Footprint in U.S. Shrinks, Sets Record

All the right things came together in 2016 for the U.S. to shrink its carbon footprint in some dramatic and record-breaking ways, according to federal data released this week. For two years in a row, carbon emissions from electric power plants in the U.S. fell by about 5 percent each year — the first time in more than 40 years of recordkeeping… Read More

Americans Used A Lot Less Coal in 2016; Here’s Why

Americans Used A Lot Less Coal in 2016; Here’s Why

Coal use fell last year for the third year in a row — after slight increases in 2012 and 2013 — and has been steadily declining in the U.S. since it peaked a decade ago, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. The ongoing decline is occurring even as the Trump administration promotes coal as a way to boost energy independence and… Read More

Congress’ ‘Political Theater’ Threatens Science, Climate

Congress’ ‘Political Theater’ Threatens Science, Climate

As the Trump administration embarks on a deregulatory frenzy aimed at weakening federal climate action, Congress is matching his enthusiasm. Dozens of GOP-sponsored bills have been introduced that seek to hamstring the government’s ability to protect the environment, cut greenhouse gas emissions and consider peer-reviewed science in its decisions… Read More

Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

A provision of the “energy independence” executive order signed by President Trump this week is so broad in scope that legal experts say it could affect numerous government responsibilities far beyond those that deal directly with energy and climate change. The order, which takes steps to rescind Obama-era climate regulations, calls for each … Read More

Trump Moves to Dismantle U.S. Climate Rules

Trump Moves to Dismantle U.S. Climate Rules

President Trump signed a sweeping executive order Tuesday rescinding numerous federal climate policies and calling for the review and replacement of the Obama administration’s most ambitious effort to control climate pollution — the Clean Power Plan. The order is Trump’s most aggressive move yet to dismantle federal climate regulations even as … Read More

Trump Budget Blueprint Eviscerates Energy Programs

Trump Budget Blueprint Eviscerates Energy Programs

The White House’s proposed “America First” budget forcefully kicks many federal climate-related energy programs to the curb, representing a possible turn away from renewable energy and a broad disinvestment in the research and development needed to transform the U.S. energy system into one better able to adapt to climate change.… Read More

Climate-Friendly Energy Star Program Could be Cut

Climate-Friendly Energy Star Program Could be Cut

Energy Star, the program that certifies toasters, air conditioners, computers and buildings for energy efficiency, could be killed by the Trump administration as part of its effort to shrink federal spending. The administration wants the program to be “zeroed out” in the 2018 Environmental Protection Agency budget, according to news reports and a … Read More

Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits

Congress Targets Species Act and Its Climate Benefits

Often photographed clinging to Arctic ice floes as its habitat melts away into warming waters, the polar bear is the poster child for U.S. efforts to save wildlife on the brink of extinction using the Endangered Species Act. But the act is quickly becoming a target of the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans.… Read More

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

EPA Withdraws Request for Methane Data

The Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an Obama-era request for methane emissions information from 15,000 oil and gas companies nationwide — a decision the Trump administration made after 11 states said the request amounted to “harassment.” The EPA responded to the states’ complaints within one day, saying it will look into whether it’s… Read More

Trump Wants to ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs

Trump Wants to ‘Zero Out’ EPA Programs

The Trump administration wants to “zero out” many climate-related programs and grants that help state and local governments enforce environmental laws, according to a memo sent this week to state governments by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. It’s part of a proposal to cut the Environmental Protection Agency’s $8.2 billion budget … Read More

Senate Mulls ‘Kill Switch’ for Obama Methane Rule

Senate Mulls ‘Kill Switch’ for Obama Methane Rule

The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on whether to use the Congressional Review Act to kill an Obama administration climate regulation that cuts methane emissions from oil and gas wells on federal land. The rule was designed to reduce oil and gas wells’ contribution to climate change and to stop energy companies from wasting natural gas. The… Read More

America’s Climate Pollution is Falling, EPA Report Says

America’s Climate Pollution is Falling, EPA Report Says

After two years of increases, greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2015, reducing America’s overall climate pollution to below 1994 levels, according to a draft Environmental Protection Agency report published Tuesday. The decline in 2015 was mainly because that year’s mild winter reduced demand for heat across the country, and electric power … Read More

Dakota Pipeline Greenlighted As Fossil Fuels Move to Fore

Dakota Pipeline Greenlighted As Fossil Fuels Move to Fore

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is cancelling an environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline and will grant approval of an easement that allows the final link in the pipeline to be constructed. The decision on Tuesday makes good on President Trump’s executive order advancing the controversial project, which has been the subject of months… Read More

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

Food Security, Forests At Risk Under Trump’s USDA

U.S. food security, forest health, and the ability of farmers to respond to climate change are all at risk if President’s Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture brings climate change skepticism to the agency, agricultural researchers and environmental law experts say. That concern takes root not only in Trump’s own statements … Read More

The West’s Largest Coal Plant May Close. It’s a Big Deal.

The West’s Largest Coal Plant May Close. It’s a Big Deal.

The largest coal-fired power plant in the West — one of the biggest climate polluters in the nation — could close later this year, a major symbolic blow to the future of coal as the backbone of America’s electric power grid. The owners of Arizona’s Navajo Generating Station northeast of the Grand Canyon announced in early January that low natural … Read More

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

Trump Revives Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines

President Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday advancing the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, breathing new life into projects that were halted by the Obama administration and vehemently opposed by environmental and Native American groups. Trump said that the U.S. would renegotiate both pipelines, which were stopped by the Obama … Read More

Decoding Trump’s White House Energy Plan

Decoding Trump’s White House Energy Plan

Just as President Donald Trump took the oath of office and the White House scrubbed its website of Obama climate change information, it posted Trump’s “America First Energy Plan,” which is replete with misinformation and specious claims about climate and energy policy. The White House’s new energy plan repackages Trump’s campaign promises to reign… Read More

Perry Dodges Climate Questions, Defends Energy Dept.

Perry Dodges Climate Questions, Defends Energy Dept.

Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry fiercely defended the mission of the U.S. Department of Energy on Thursday, and told senators at his confirmation hearing that while he now believes in human-caused climate change, he questions the extent to which humans are influencing it. Perry, who as a presidential candidate said in 2011 that he’d eliminate … Read More

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