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Koch Zero

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Billionaire oil tycoons wield heavy hand in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

President Obama pledged last week to pull back oil and gas subsidies in order to direct more dollars toward renewable energy. But can he pull it off? This will be Obama's third attempt at eliminating the subsidies; previous efforts have fallen victim to partisan politics in Congress and the overwhelming influence of fossil fuel lobbyists. So who exactly are these lobbyists?A simultaneously......read more

Reason To Believe

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In the wake of Copenhagen's failure—and the resignation of the UN climate change chief—a bipartisan Senate bill offers a glimmer of legislative hope.

Those still hoping global leaders will band together in the face of climate change have found little justification for their optimism lately. First, the Copenhagen negotiations were, by most accounts, a spectacular failure. Now the leader of those negotiations, Yvo de Boer, has resigned as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the time being, an......read more

Geothermal Gets a Boost from Oil and Gas Drilling

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'Forgotten' clean energy industry growing with help from fossil fuel well data

Kate Galbraith for The New York Times: Geothermal energy — tapping into heat deep underground and using it to produce power — is sometimes described as a forgotten renewable. It languishes in the shadows of better-known sources like wind and the sun, and in 2011 it accounted for less than 1 percent of electric power worldwide, according to last year’s World Energy Outlook. Yet......read more

Why Drilling in the Arctic is a Bad Idea

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The argument against pushing for fossil fuel extremes in Alaska

The Arctic Ocean is one of the wildest, most extreme places on earth. When you put the most technologically advanced, best equipped offshore drilling rig up against it, the rig loses. The grounding of a Shell Oil drilling rig in Alaska earlier this year proves it. That's the central tenet of a Natural Resources Defense Council statement, quoted by Andy Revkin at Dot Earth, arguing against any......read more

Life After Fossil Fuels

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In this week's NYT Sunday Review, Elizabeth Rosenthal asks to what extent do we "need" oil and gas?

As renewable energy costs continue to plummet and buildings and machines become more and more efficient, the argument that we "need" to keep investing in fossil fuels seems weaker than ever. Countries that a couple decades ago ran on a fuel mix like America's are successfully weaning themselves off of oil and gas. According to the International Energy Agency, thirteen countries got more than 30......read more

A Breath of Stale Air from GOP

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Backward thinking poses a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that's helping to wean the country off fossil fuels

From the LA Times: Mitt Romney, who opposed government subsidies for clean power and thought all energy production technologies should compete equally in the free market, did not win the election. That's the good news. The bad news is that his backward policies are still popular among many congressional Republicans, posing a threat to a wind-energy tax credit that is creating jobs and......read more

GE Weaving Fabric-Covered Wind Turbine Blades

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Advanced turbine tech could put wind energy on equal footing as fossil fuels

If all goes according to General Electric's plans, the next generation of wind turbine blades will be wrapped in fabric. With a $5.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) program, GE is developing a new fabric-covered wind turbine blade that the company says will perform just as well as conventional fiberglass blades,......read more

Power Trip

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Whether renewables or fossil fuels, NIMBYism runs rampant when it comes to energy transmission infrastructure

The reasons for opposing TransCanada's Keystone XL proposal are as vast as the territory the pipeline aims to cover: climate change, a lack of proper environmental review, destruction of ecosystems, perpetuating our reliance on fossil fuels. But, according to NYT environment reporter Elizabeth Rosenthal, no objection has a hold on the popular imagination like the image of a massive......read more

Clean Economy Jobs: 2.7 Million and Growing

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New report finds more jobs in the clean economy than in fossil fuels

Green jobs are as aspirational as they are enigmatic. We know we want them, we know they hold the key to the clean economy of the future, but no one can agree on what they are.  A new report from Brookings Institute attempts to offer a standard definition of clean jobs ("establishments that directly produce goods and services with environmental benefits, or produce uniquely tailored goods......read more

Renewable Energy Production Exceeds Nuclear

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US biofuels, wind, solar, and hydro production on the rise

Well, renewable power is not in last place anymore. According to the Monthly Energy Review published by the Energy Information Administration, renewable energy production has passed nuclear energy and is continuing to grow rapidly. By the agency's definition, renewable energy includes biofuels, geothermal, solar, hydroelectric, and wind power. Together, these sources currently......read more

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