Climate Engineering: Solution or Problem?

March 18, 2015
On February 10, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released two major new reports on climate engineering (or "geoengineering"). The reports set out to summarize the scientific basis for what...
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EPA’s Methane Rule Comes Up Short

March 10, 2015
The EPA recently announced new regulations for methane emissions, taking an important first step in reducing the impact of this highly potent greenhouse gas (GHG). But the rule falls short,...
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What’s the Most Likely Outcome of the Keystone XL Saga?

March 4, 2015
On February 24th, President Obama vetoed legislation that would have authorized construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline as it “conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration...
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Demand Response Can Save Billions

February 27, 2015
Generally, when electricity demand rises in an area, we just fire up some source like a gas plant or a coal plant, or put more water through a hydroelectric dam,...
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Will Crude by Rail Rules Work?

February 20, 2015
The rapid increase in U.S. oil production has had a number of impacts. One of these is that shipping of crude oil by rail has increased more than 400% since...
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Can We Find a Future for Coal?

February 12, 2015
Coal can't get much love. Cheap natural gas and a bevy of EPA regulations are conspiring to force old coal plants to close and pushing U.S. production down to less...
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The Challenges of Innovation in the Nuclear Power Industry

February 4, 2015
Today there are 100 nuclear plants operating in the United States, providing roughly 17% of our electricity.  They do so with water technology developed in the 1960’s and 1970’s and...
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Should We Raise the Gas Tax?

January 28, 2015
The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, along with the Highway Revenue Act (1956) created the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) as a mechanism through which federal gasoline taxes would be used...
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Government as Innovator: Not so Fast

January 21, 2015
Jesse Jenkins (MIT) and Matthew Stepp (Center for Clean Energy Innovation) are among a number of policy analysts who have called for a “tax and invest” strategy to combat global...
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What is the State of Energy in the Union?

January 15, 2015
On Tuesday, January 20th 2015, President Obama will deliver the State of the Union address (SOTU), and energy and climate will likely play a prominent role. In last years’ SOTU,...
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