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The Future of Fossil Fuels: Trailing and Leading Indicators

August 14, 2017
In late July, Hunter Harrison, the CEO of CSX railway corporation, declared that his railroad, founded to haul coal, and still getting a fifth of its revenue from coal, would...
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What is Next for the Clean Power Plan?

August 7, 2017
The Clean Power Plan (CPP), the signature piece of environmental regulation from the Obama Administration, is now facing an uncertain future. Following President Trump’s request for a review of the...
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Targeting Corporate Climate Risk

July 10, 2017
With American federal climate policy in retreat after President Trump announced his intention for the US to withdraw from the Paris Accords, where will climate change activists focus their efforts?...
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Challenges With Kemper Raise Concerns For “Clean Coal”

July 3, 2017
Proposed in 2006, Southern Company’s (“Southern”) Kemper County Power Generation Facility (“Kemper”) was initially viewed as a flagship demonstration project for “clean coal” technologies like carbon capture and sequestration (“CCS”)....
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Three Mile Island: The End of an Era?

June 19, 2017
If climate change is considered a real concern by most government officials, why are policy makers and politicians not acting to keep reliably operational nuclear plants from being prematurely shutdown?...
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A Solar Trade War

June 4, 2017
Last month the International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to proceed with a trade case filed by the bankrupt solar manufacturing American company Suniva. Suniva has claimed that the current import...
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What are the Implications of Exiting Paris?

May 23, 2017
President Trump is expected to make a decision after the impending G7 summit regarding whether the U.S. will remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement. For weeks, the President has...
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Opportunities for Carbon Capture in California

May 9, 2017
California has demonstrated leadership in setting ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by setting a target to reduce emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. While California is...
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Energy Reset: Free Markets vs. Government Influence

April 24, 2017
The National Capital Area Chapter for the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE) held its annual energy policy conference on April 6th entitled “Energy Reset? Conflicting Forces in the Energy...
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Will Trump’s Plan To Bring Back Coal Jobs Work?

April 10, 2017
[caption id="attachment_28262" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo by Kimon Berlin[/caption] Coal isn’t coming back although with real investment in carbon capture and sequestration, it could continue to contribute to a clean energy economy....
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