The Surging Coal Export Industry

By: Tuesday October 23, 2012 12:27 pm

Matt Stoller has an interesting set of charts showing the recent run up in investment in resource extraction, particularly from the oil and gas industry. Matt explains this mostly through the run-up of shale oil and natural gas extraction, which have both advanced significantly in the US. Renewables are increasing as well, but from an [...]

The Depressing Energy Debate in America

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 7:39 am

Anyone hoping to see an end to our policies of encouraging the burning of fossil fuels certainly winced at the energy section of last night’s debate, which did not mention climate change but did feature both candidates trying to convince the country that they would deliver more coal and oil-based domestic energy.

ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry

By: Tuesday April 24, 2012 4:43 pm

A Cross-Post from DeSmogBlog The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the “Trojan Horse” behind mandating that climate change denial (“skepticism,” or “balance,” in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms. Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy groups working to [...]

Major Coal Producer Shelves Carbon Capture Project

By: Thursday July 14, 2011 8:50 am

For years – decades? – we’ve heard about the promise of clean coal, which will allow the United States to produce its own energy and limit carbon pollution, through the promise and wonder of technology. We heard that responsible energy companies were installing carbon capture and sequestration systems right now, to make coal mining a [...]

Biofuel, Coal-State Dems Beg for Scraps for Industry in Future Energy Bills

By: Friday February 4, 2011 11:28 am

Democratic Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tim Johnson have taken up the call from President Obama in the State of the Union of a clean energy standard, while calling it a renewable energy standard. Klobuchar and Johnson will introduce legislation on an RES, but she praised the CES idea. In addition, their bill from last year, [...]

Republicans Seek Elimination of EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 9:51 am

Fred Upton (R-MI), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has released his bill which would block the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. This bill will likely get a vote in the House when they return to session. Rep. Fred Upton (R. Mich.), chair of the House [...]

White House Partying Like It’s 2009, Huddling with Senator on Clean Energy Standard

By: Tuesday February 1, 2011 9:53 am

I mentioned last week that the “clean energy standard” proposed by President Obama in the State of the Union didn’t look like it had the support of interest groups on either side, or the support of the House. Nevertheless, the White House and Sen. Jeff Bingaman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee are hashing out [...]

The Rapid Demise of the Clean Energy Standard Proposal

By: Wednesday January 26, 2011 10:39 am

One of the few actual policy prescriptions in the State of the Union address was a vow to have a “clean energy standard,” deriving 80% of the electricity in the country from clean energy sources by 2035. The words “clean energy” play an important role here. You typically hear about a “renewable energy standard,” with [...]

Clean Energy Standard, Blocking EPA Carbon Regulation on Pollution-State Senators’ Agenda

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:59 am

The best hope for success in the 112th Congress is stasis, a kind of gridlock that doesn’t make things appreciably worse. Millions of unemployed Americans across the country would rather that government worked at giving them opportunities for jobs, but the incoming Republican House just isn’t interested in doing that. One area where stasis would [...]

Clean Energy Standard Would Redefine Renewable Energy to Include Nuclear, Clean Coal

By: Tuesday December 14, 2010 7:32 am

You know that energy policy is not going to be as friendly to environmental interests in the new Congress when the Democrat being tapped to lead a coalition is from Alaska. Is a 2011 Senate coalition on energy starting to take shape? Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) said he called Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) late last [...]

Water Is Wet, and a West Virginia Senator Opposes Coal Industry Regulations

By: Friday July 16, 2010 2:45 pm

New West Virginia Senator Carte Goodwin opposes any cap and trade legislation before the Senate, CQ reports. It’s behind a paywall, but here’s a brief piece: Carte Goodwin, the former general counsel to Gov. Joe Manchin III, gave his position in response to a question at the news conference in Charleston, W. Va., announcing his [...]

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