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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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Renewable sources provide nearly half of all new generating capacity in 2014

Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

It was a close race throughout the year, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16 percent in 2014. Of the 49.81 percent of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26.52 percent, came from wind energy while solar power provided another 20.40 percent of the total. Other…

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Considering the global potential for solar energy

Infographic: Could the World Be 100 Percent Solar?

What is the global potential of solar energy? – Perhaps the only thing more unrealistic than the idea of a modern world powered 100 percent on solar energy is the idea that extracting every last bit of fossil energy is sustainable, good for the long-term economy or a habitable planet. Building a new energy economy is fraught with many challenges….

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Infographic: The Cost of Renewable Energy

What’s the true cost of renewable energy? The environmental and societal benefits of adopting a clean energy path are clear. As the true costs of continued reliance on fossil fuels, including the “doubling-down” of exploiting dirtier, more dangerous and harder to access fossil energy like tar sands, oil shale and mountaintop removal, the one clear added benefit of renewable energy is…

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Across the United States rooftop solar power is reaching grid parity

EarthTalk: Rooftop Solar Reaches Grid Parity

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that the price of getting solar panels installed on a home is lower than ever, but has it gotten to the point anywhere in the U.S. where it’s actually cheaper than traditional grid power yet? –Lester Milstein, Boston,…

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Wind energy provides more the two-thirds new generating capacity in the US for October 2014

Wind Energy Primary Source of New U.S. Generating Capacity in October

More than two-thirds of new U.S. generating capacity in October 2014 is from wind energy With the latest release of the Energy Infrastructure Update report by the Federal Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects, wind energy emerged the leader in new U.S.  electrical generating capacity for October. Five new wind farms in Colorado, Kansas. Michigan, Nebraska and Texas came online last month, bringing 574 megawatts…

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A testament to Sweden's environmental leadership: bicycles are a principal means of transportation

EarthTalk: Sweden’s Environmental Leadership

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? – Raul Swain, New York, NY It’s true that Sweden came out on top…

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