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As CO2 Emissions Flatten, More Powerful Greenhouse...

Recent studies paint a grim picture. Global carbon dioxide emissions remained flat for a third year in a row, yet far more powerful greenhouse gases “keep creeping up,” according to the annual report from the European Union and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. The U.S., Russia, China and Japan decreased their CO2 output from 2015 to 2016, while the EU stayed flat and India’s emissions continued to increase....

Seven States Take Big Next Step on Climate: Here’s...

On Monday, Nov. 13, a bi-partisan group of seven states (New York, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Vermont), and the District of Columbia announced that they will seek public input on how to craft a regional solution to greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, now the largest source of CO2 emissions in the region. An announcement to conduct listening sessions may not sound...

Keystone pipeline leak won’t affect last regulator...

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Discovery of a 210,000-gallon oil leak from the Keystone pipeline would seem to be poor timing four days before regulators in Nebraska decide whether to allow a major expansion of the system, but officials say state law does not allow pipeline safety to be a factor in their decision. The Nebraska Public Service Commission was scheduled to rule Monday if a Keystone XL expansion pipeline proposed by...

Massive Pipeline Leak Shows Why Nebraska Should Re...

About 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) of oil leaked Thursday from TransCanada’s Keystone oil pipeline near Amherst, South Dakota, drawing fierce outcry from pipeline opponents. The leak, the largest spill to date in South Dakota, comes just days before Nebraska regulators decide on whether its controversial sister project—the Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline—will go forward. “Enough is enough. Pipelines leak—it’s...

The cost of installing solar energy is going to pl...

the price is right Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images The cost of installing solar energy is going to plummet again. Utility-scale solar power costs could drop 60 percent over the next 10 years, provided the Trump administration refrains from tanking the solar industry. The already booming renewable energy sector will see a sharp drop in costs thanks to improvements in efficiency and technology, the head of...

New connection technology is cutting cost of solar...

The ConnectDER device allows a solar array to be connected directly to the meter, eliminating the need for electrical work inside the home. Utility customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid. ConnectDER, as it’s known, generally eliminates the need to enter a home and it greatly reduces the amount of...

Oberlin City Council Rejects NEXUS Offer For Easem...

The NEXUS pipeline, which was recently approved for construction by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will be running through the southernmost part of Oberlin. City Council held an emergency meeting Saturday, deciding to reject a $3,500 offer from NEXUS for means of access. The offer would have given NEXUS the legal right to use city property without owning it, granting the company the ability to begin building its...

How Carbon Farming Can Help Solve Climate Change

Under the 2015 Paris agreement, nations pledged to keep the average global temperature rise to below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to take efforts to narrow that increase to 1.5C. To meet those goals we must not only stop the increase in our greenhouse gas emissions, we must also draw large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The simplest, most cost effective and environmentally beneficial way to do...

How to Start a Regenerative Agriculture Movement i...

The most important, although as of yet little known, new paradigm shift and set of practices in the world today is regenerative agriculture, or rather regenerative food, farming and land use. Regeneration practices, scaled up globally on billions of acres of farmland, pasture, and forest, have the potential to not only mitigate, but actually reverse global warming and, at the same time, provide solutions to other burning...

Why Glitter Must Be Banned

All that glitters ain’t gold, or so the old adage goes. And when it comes to the glitter used in everyday cosmetics, specialty make-up, hair products and party paraphernalia, the negative effects on human health and the environment are indeed far from golden. “They really do get into everything, and despite their tiny size, they can have a devastating impact on humans and non-human animals,” wrote Trisia...

If Trump is looking out for consumers, he’ll rejec...

President Trump is about to confront a policy dilemma that will test his commitment to U.S. job growth. The dilemma in question is manifested in a trade tariff case brought by two troubled U.S. photovoltaic manufacturers, Suniva and SolarWorld, that have sought protections against Chinese-made solar-panel imports. The U.S. International Trade Commission has heard the case and last month made a tangled recommendation based on...

AEP Exec: The Future for Coal Power Is ‘Very Limit...

American Electric Power plans to spend $1.8 billion on wind and solar over the next three years as it shifts away from coal. When Charles Patton joined American Electric Power in 2000, around 90 percent of the company’s electricity production came from coal. Since then, AEP’s executive vice president of external affairs says things have changed dramatically. “I will confess, there was a time I wouldn’t have publicly...

PUCO ruling expected to shrink credits paid for se...

Central Ohioans who have rooftop solar panels receive a credit on their electric bills for selling excess power back into the grid. After a ruling Wednesday by state utility regulators, that credit is likely to shrink. For an American Electric Power customer, the credit would be reduced by about 30 percent. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued the 3-0 ruling in a case dealing with the rules for so-called “net...

Trump environment nominees pressed on federal clim...

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as his top environmental adviser said Wednesday she is unconvinced by a new U.S. government assessment reaffirming that manmade carbon emissions are the primary cause of climate change. Kathleen Hartnett White testified before a Senate committee weighing her confirmation as chair of the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House. White, who is from Texas,...

How the House Tax Bill Would Impact Wind, Solar, E...

“The sad thing is, it creates uncertainty in the marketplace—just the fact that this proposal is out there.” Will Congress’ attempt at tax reform spell danger for clean energy?  House Republicans unveiled a massive tax reform bill last week. While it wasn’t as damaging to renewables as many feared, the changes still pose a threat. Wind and electric vehicles stand to lose the most. Lawmakers are looking to slash tax...

A New Green Future Is Building on Lake Erie

Cleveland is on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of both. Lorry Wagner has spent more than a decade attempting to convince the world that Cleveland has all the ingredients to be a giant in the world of renewable wind energy. The argument hasn’t always worked, but the president of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation (LeedCo), by now, has...

Denison Students Get Engaged in YES for Solar! Edu...

Denison Students Get Engaged in YES for Solar! Education Dr. Olivia Aguilar’s Environmental Studies Practicum class at Denison University is working with the Solar Co-op to educate YES youth about the solar panels on their YES Club roof in downtown Newark. Denison students are also helping develop a plan for signage at the YES Club with information about the impact of the 44 solar panels on saving energy. Dr. Aguilar’s class...

U.S. Now the Only Country Not in Paris Climate Agr...

When President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in June, the U.S. joined Syria and Nicaragua as the only other countries to not agree to the global action plan. The reasons for the other two holdout countries were fair. Nicaragua’s leaders felt the accord was not strong enough to fight climate change. Syria has been embroiled in a full-scale civil war for six years. But Tuesday, during...

How other Midwestern states treat solar consumers

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? “I have not looked to Illinois for guidance policy on anything because I’ve rarely found a time when they’ve done anything right.”  That scathing review comes from Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Wheatfield, who authored the latest legislation determining net metering in the state of Indiana. The conservative lawmaker looked at a number of other states as...

New Indiana solar law could cripple small business...

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar Chris Rohaly is no stranger to the sun. His hands have the faint resemblance of worn leather. And there are the lines converging at the crease of his eyes. You could call the 56-year-old Kokomo resident a farmer. He harvests the sun. Specifically, he is the owner of a solar energy company. But it’s not his work installing...