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Carbon Tax: Barriers and Solutions

June 18, 2018
Although there is a broad consensus that we need to “price carbon” to enable markets to account for the external costs of burning fossil fuels, no proposed national legislation has...
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Coal, Nuclear, and National Security

June 11, 2018
On June 1st President Trump directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to halt the closure of competitive coal and nuclear power plants, which are being pushed offline by less expensive energy...
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From 6% to 90% — The New Offshore Drilling Plan

June 4, 2018
In January, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) released its “America-First Offshore Energy Strategy,” as part of the 2019-2024 National OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Draft Proposal Program (DPP)....
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EFI and NASEO Release 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report

May 21, 2018
On May 16th, The Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) released the 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER). The USEER offers data...
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Accelerating the Growth of Solar and Wind with Biofuels

May 14, 2018
[caption id="attachment_31744" align="alignleft" width="300"] USDA Photo[/caption] Electricity generated from solar and wind has grown rapidly in the past few decades. However, its continued growth is imperiled by the high costs of...
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What Cybersecurity Means for The Grid

May 7, 2018
Cybersecurity threats to the electric grid are no longer hypothetical.  While attacks impacting grid operations have only been reported in Ukraine, DHS recently identified intrusions into the U.S. grid. Fortunately,...
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Debate Continues Over Carbon Neutrality of Biomass

April 30, 2018
Last Monday, Scott Pruitt announced that the Environmental Protection Agency will now consider the burning of biomass for energy to be carbon neutral. The agency memo points out that the...
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A Reliable Grid Relies on Coal

April 12, 2018
It is critical that we ensure our nation enjoys a reliable and resilient grid, and that consumers continue to have access to affordable and reliable electricity. But today, coal-fired power...
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Should the EPA Relax CAFE Standards?

April 10, 2018
On Monday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt announced that the Obama EPA’s greenhouse gas emission (GHG) standards for model year 2022-2025 cars and light trucks will be reconsidered...
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Are We Losing the “War” Against Climate Change?

March 27, 2018
[caption id="attachment_31381" align="alignleft" width="300"] Depiction of Global Average Temperatures by NASA Jet Propulsion Lab[/caption] The UN has stated that the World must urgently act to cut a further 25% from predicted...
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