Battle Lines Drawn On New Coal Industry Rules

By: Thursday May 29, 2014 10:33 am

On June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency is set to propose “legally sound” guidelines for limiting carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act for existing power plants. The rules are anticipated to be enforced by executive action from President Obama, a move that is likely to infuriate Republican members of Congress. Implementing proposed EPA rules [...]

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 [...]

Administration Wrestles With Granting Natural Gas Export Permits

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 10:00 am

For all the influence and power in fracking today, if the US were to export natural gas that would magnify a hundred fold. Think about the difference between Saudi Arabia only supplying their domestic industries with oil fuel and supplying the world. There’s no comparison. Natural gas has traditionally been very difficult to export, but [...]

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.

Romney Releases Energy Plan

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 6:33 am

Mitt Romney released an energy plan yesterday that some outlets report sets a goal of energy independence by 2020. That’s not quite right. The goal expressed here is “North American energy independence” by 2020, and when you consider that one of our biggest if not our biggest energy trading partner is Canada, and that Mexico [...]

Mass Blackout in India Heralds Need for Energy Diversity

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 1:59 pm

The biggest power failure in the history of the world is happening in India at the moment, affecting a whopping 600 million people, over half of the country. A blackout on Monday was thought to be fixed on Tuesday, but ended up metastasizing and growing throughout the day. While the numbers sound massive, keep in [...]

Great News! America to Finally Get National Playoff … Between Exxon Mobil, Conoco, and Coal Companies

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 6:23 am

I have to get myself in the proper frame of mind to handle all of Kevin’s and Pam’s and Jon’s and dday’s news stories of the day, so I wake up to Boston’s NPR morning edition and lie there, semi-catatonic, listening for about an hour or so until I’m totally depressed and can’t stand it [...]

The End of Coal? New EPA Rules Will Limit GHG Emissions

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 7:36 am

After years of study, the EPA will finally release their initial greenhouse gas emissions rules for power plants, which are likely to end the construction of any coal-fired plants from this point forward. The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any [...]

Ten Old Power Plants, Mostly Coal-Fired, to Shut Down

By: Thursday March 1, 2012 9:35 am

Sometimes it’s hard to find progress in public policy, especially in the energy sector, where a natural gas boom and new nuclear plant construction have been the big stories of late. But I am nothing if not a striver. So I’ve found the genuinely good news that ten more old, dirty coal-fired power plants will [...]

More Details on Omnibus Spending Bill Passing Congress Today

By: Friday December 16, 2011 11:38 am

Now that we know the state of play on the one year-end bill left outstanding, let’s redirect to the one that’s moving through the system currently. The House just passed the omnibus appropriations bill, funding all government agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, until September 30, 2012. It’s on to the Senate, where [...]

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