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The Fossil Fuel Industry has Reason to be Nervous

(editor’s note: this piece originally appeared in the Green Market Oracle) “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi Concerns about climate change, the demise of coal and the rise of renewable energy are making the fossil fuel industry nervous. While the fossil fuel industry initially dismissed the divestment movement,…

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Cape Wind faces significant hurdles

EarthTalk: Cape Wind Dead in the Water?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the latest on the controversial Cape Wind project off Cape Cod in Massachusetts?  -Mitchell Barstow, Bern, NC First proposed in 2001, the Cape Wind Project aims to put 130 wind turbines across 24 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal almost…

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The dawn of the age of renewable energy

Renewable Energy Outpaces All Other Sources for Electrical Generation Growth in 2014

Non-Hydro Renewables Grew 11 Percent in 2014 – The latest Electric Power Monthly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), with data through the end of 2014, shows renewable energy leading the pack for net electrical generation growth last year, up 10.9 percent compared to 2013. Solar power’s contribution to net generation more than doubled, up 102.8 percent. Wind generation grew…

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The health impacts of coal

EarthTalk: Health Impacts of Coal

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I saw a chart that quantified the negative impacts on our health of our reliance on coal as an energy source. It was pretty shocking as I recall. Can you summarize what we’re dealing with here? – Mitchell Baldwin, Boise,…

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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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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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