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are we overselling the natural gas fracking boom?

Climate One: Overselling the Fracking Boom

In the Climate One video clip Trevor Houser, a partner in the Rhodium Group and climate negotiator at the 2009 COP15 climate conference in Copenhagen discusses a “middle road” for natural gas. Despite the good news that at the end of 2012 US carbon emissions were down 12 percent relative to 2005, there remains a long road to sustainable and sufficient…

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SUN DAY Campaign research refutes EIA renewable energy projections as wildly inaccurate

Report Challenges EIA’S Renewable Energy Projections

New research released by the SUN DAY Campaign challenges the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) assertion that only 16 percent of U.S. electrical generation in 2040 will come from renewable sources of energy. In its “early release review” of the Annual Energy Outlook 2014 (the final release of which is due for publication on April 30, 2014), the EIA’s Reference Case suggests…

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Managing the water-energy nexus in a climate change world

Synergistic Solutions to the Water Energy Nexus

March 22 was World Water Day and the theme for 2014 is Water and Energy. Water and energy can be perceived as almost synonymous. Water is required to generate energy and water is also a major draw on energy. The fifth edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR 2014) reiterates the point that water and energy are…

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Generating station at the Four Corners Power Plant

Energy-starved utilities and the exploitation of the Navajo: The Forgotten People.

It’s the kind of story that can easily mis-characterize the aspirations of the “Forgotten People,” who are anything but abandoned. They represent the indigenous tribes living on the Navajo Reservation, a 27,425 square-mile sector bordering parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico Their struggles are not unlike other Native Americans displaced during our winning of the West,…

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What was once forest is now a barren expanse of land surrendered to dirty fuels

EarthTalk: Defining Dirty Fuels

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called? – Bill Green, Seattle, WA The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such…

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Quinones, in combination with advanced flow battery technology, may be the solution to the problem of energy storage in renewable energy systmes

Cheap Energy Storage Within Reach

It’s no secret the biggest barrier to widespread adoption of renewable energy technology is the absence of efficient, economical energy storage.  After all, when the turbines aren’t spinning or the sun isn’t shining, the clean energy isn’t flowing. (Excluding less mainstream technologies like tidal generation, geothermal and *gasp* nuclear). Perhaps the most prevalent argument against widespread alternative energy generation capacity…

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It may not qualify as a nuclear power renaissance, but many developing countries rely on development of nuclear to meet their growing energy demands

EarthTalk: A Nuclear Power Renaissance?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I thought Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown would have sealed nuclear power’s fate, but I keep hearing otherwise. Can you enlighten? - Jacob Allen, New York, NY The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster did cause many nations to reconsider their nuclear…

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