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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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The Effects of Energy Tax Policy on Markets and the Environment

April 3, 2017
The Federal government supports energy investment and production through the tax code and spending programs administered by the Department of Energy (DOE). In 2016, energy-related tax preferences cost an estimated...
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Border Adjustment Tax: Will Consumers Pay At The Pump?

March 13, 2017
In June 2016, House Republicans introduced their vision for comprehensive tax reform. Premised on a simpler, fairer code than today’s, the GOP’s plan looks to promote economic growth and create...
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Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington?

February 8, 2017
In January, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Advanced Nuclear Technology Act of 2017 (ANTA). At the same time, the latest version of the Interim Consolidated Storage Act (ICSA)...
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President Trump’s Executive Actions Revive Keystone and Dakota Pipelines

February 1, 2017
On the fourth day of his administration, President Trump signed multiple executive actions designed to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, since related memos specifically invited project developers...
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