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February 21, 2017 at 1:30 PM

What Cars Will We Be Driving in 2050?

by: Mark Drajem
Bloomberg's First Word Energy

Over the course of his first weeks in office, President Trump has outlined an America-first energy policy that appears to mean essentially one thing: More U.S. oil production. His policies are decidedly aimed at boosting oil production: green-lighting more drilling on federal lands, building more oil pipelines, and rolling back rules that harm the oil industry. But America First doesn’t necessarily mean a focus on American oil.

From a different perspective, the Fuel Freedom Foundation aims to boost the American economy and cut its dependence on OPEC by expanding the fuels available for automobiles. Fuel Freedom, argues for “ending our …

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February 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A Carbon Dividends Plan

by: Dan Miller
Managing Director
The Roda Group

Climate change poses a threat to the safety and prosperity of America’s and the world’s citizens. Every major scientific academy agrees that global warming is real, is mostly caused by humans, and requires urgent action. The signs of climate change are all around us. For example, the volume of the summer Arctic sea ice has dropped about 70% in the past 30 years and global temperatures have set records for the past 3 years in a row. And while most world leaders and climate scientists agree that we should not let the world warm more than +2ºC, we are on …

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February 8, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Can Nuclear Power Rise From The Chaos In Washington?

by: James Conca
Senior Scientist
UFA Ventures, Inc.

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) was introduced. These bills address two of the most important recommendations made in 2011 by then President Obama’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future (the BRC). The nuclear industry has also been waiting for legislation to break the logjam of bureaucratic red-tape that has hamstrung developing and building new-design reactors as well as to create a central place for used fuel that can be burned later. …

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February 1, 2017 at 10:45 AM

President Trump’s Executive Actions Revive Keystone and Dakota Pipelines


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 to re-submit applications for permits and approvals to begin or continue construction. Many view these decisions as a signal the president intends to fulfill campaign promises promoting the oil and gas industries, as described in his America First Energy Plan. Pipeline opponents, however, are already preparing for legal battles seeking to block these projects.

Keystone XL proponents have consistently argued the pipeline will create thousands of good paying jobs …

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January 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

States’ Environmental Commitments Are Key to Nation’s Clean Energy Future

by: Rory Christian
Director, New York Clean Energy
Environmental Defense Fund

While it is clear that energy and the environment did not play a decisive role in the election, 2017 will nevertheless bring a new set of challenges for energy policy, and elevate the conversation to a higher level. At the federal level, the fight to stop climate change looks bleak. Clear and deliberate leadership at the state and local levels will become essential to advance clean energy goals.

Fortunately, New York’s history of advancing favorable environmental policies has resulted in valuable lessons that can be adapted and implemented in other states to increase economic development, create jobs, decrease pollution, and …

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