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SCOTUS stay only a bump in the road for the Clean Power Plan as the trend away from dirty energy continues

Impact of Supreme Court Stay on Clean Power Plan

Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued a stay in a 5-4 vote along idealogical lines halting progress on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), a mainstay of president Obama’s national climate action plan designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The order briefly stated that the CPP is on hold until legal challenges to the rule have run…

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Abandoned well of a different age: do falling oil prices signal the end of oil?

Falling Profits Augur the End of Oil

The profits of the big oil companies keep falling along with the price of a barrel of crude. In 2015, the profits of oil behemoths like Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil and BP tumbled. Together, these big four saw profits decline by an average of 65 percent last year. These falling margins have a cascade of impacts that are hastening the…

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Shell abandons Arctic because of market forces, not environmental epiphany

Why Shell Abandoned the Arctic: A Primer on Market Forces for Activists

While the laudable efforts of activists have been given credit for ending Arctic drilling, environmentalists could benefit from a better understanding of the dynamics at play. Attributing Shell’s decision to cease its drilling operations in the Arctic to environmental protest is an undeniably compelling narrative. If only a handful of passionate kayaktavists could stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. The problem is that it is not true. It…

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The smog over Los Angeles

70 Mayors Write in Support of EPA’s Stricter Ozone Standards

The mayors of Grand Rapids and Salt Lake City publicized the letter, which cites the numerous acute and chronic threats to public health ground-level ozone poses. The EPA recently proposed lowering national ozone pollution levels to 65-70 parts per billion.

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Citi Puts $44 Trillion Price Tag on Climate Change Inaction

Investing in low-carbon energy would save the world economy and society $1.8 trillion by 2040. Failing to take global action to avoid a climate change tipping point, moreover, will cost the global economy and society some $44 trillion by 2060, , according to Citi’s Altenative Energy and Cleantech Research Group.

Renewable energy provides 70 percent of new generating capacity in first half of 2015

Renewable Energy Delivers 70 Percent of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation placed into service in the first six months of 2015.* Wind provided more than half (50.64 percent) of all new capacity, or 1,969 megawatts (MW) thus far this year from 18…

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A boreal forest before tar sands development, and after

Senate Passes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

In a 62 to 36 vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the trans-broder Keystone XL pipeline to carry tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada for refining in the Gulf of Mexico. Nine Democratic Senators joined Republicans voting for the bill, including Michael Bennet (Colo.), Tom Carper (Del.), Bob Casey Jr. (Pa.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe…

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