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Natural gas has no climate benefit and may make things worse

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:44:54 +0000

The evidence is overwhelming that natural gas has no net climate benefit in any timescale that matters to humanity. In fact, a shocking new study concludes that just the methane emissions escaping from New Mexico’s gas and oil industry are “equivalent to the climate impact of approximately 12 coal-fired power plants.” If the goal is […]

Embattled Navajo coal plant is a preview of what’s ahead as coal declines across the U.S.

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 20:41:06 +0000

By Jeremy Deaton It looks like it doesn’t belong there. The lonely, aging power plant stands out against the red desert, connected to the nearest town by a single, crumbling road. It will soon become an artifact, a relic from when coal was king. If the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) closes — as it is set to […]

Secretary Zinke attacks ‘dishonest media’ for asking questions about shady Whitefish Energy contract

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:46:28 +0000

A two-person Montana energy company based in the hometown of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is raising eyebrows after securing a $300 million no-bid contract to restore electricity to Puerto Rico. The island remains largely without power in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The firm’s connection to both Zinke and President Trump has set […]

Rick Perry struggles to defend his federal energy rule before Congress

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 18:19:12 +0000

During a hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy Subcommittee on Thursday, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry tried to defend his decision to propose a new federal rule that would essentially boost revenue for coal and nuclear power plants as “starting a conversation.” The rule calls for subsidies for power plants that keep […]

Lamar Smith concerned by ‘Russia’s propaganda war against fossil fuels,’ not election interference

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:00:41 +0000

By Jeremy Deaton It’s well documented that during the 2016 U.S. presidential election Russian forces acted to mislead the American public using fake news articles and fake social media accounts. Now, some Republican House Representatives are investigating whether Russia used similar tactic to spur opposition to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a controversial technology used in […]

Carbon rule repeal kicks off epic battle over regulating emissions

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 20:32:06 +0000

After months of speculation and days of teasing the announcement — the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released its proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 rule that would have regulated carbon emissions from the electricity sector. “We are committed to righting the wrongs of the Obama administration by cleaning the regulatory slate.  Any […]

Perry proposes law to force Americans to buy dirtier, costlier power

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:50:45 +0000

In a brazen move, Energy Secretary Rick Perry has ignored the findings of his own grid study and proposed a new federal rule that would effectively force Americans to buy dirtier, more expensive power. The Department of Energy (DOE) announced Friday morning that Perry has “formally proposed that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) take swift action to […]

Oops: Rick Perry may have stumbled upon the solution to going 100 percent renewable

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 21:00:52 +0000

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s new grid study is filled with buried treasure, including the solution to enabling very deep renewable energy penetration: The future is smart control systems and electric cars. The study was intended to find out if renewable energy is jeopardizing the nation’s power grid and causing coal-fired and nuclear power plants to close. Perry […]

Trump officials rewrite Energy Dept. study to make renewables look bad, fail anyway

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:37:49 +0000

Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s long-awaited grid study is finally out. But while Trump officials clearly tried to rewrite the previously leaked staff draft to give the impression that renewable energy sources are a threat to baseload power and grid resilience, they mostly botched the job. Back in April, Perry ordered a study to back up his claims […]

Top utilities are spending a lot of money to elect Republican governors

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 19:18:59 +0000

The nation’s leading electric utility and their affiliated companies, along with top utility executives, contributed more than four times as much money to the Republican Governors Association in the first six months of 2017 than to the Democratic Governors Association, according to a new report. Governors can have a significant impact on the activities of […]