nav-left cat-right
cat-right

EPA to Weaken Public Protections Against Toxic Coa...

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release several new rules in the coming weeks, many of which will relax regulations meant to protect the environment from industrial pollution. In a gift to the coal industry, the EPA will reverse course on regulations meant to reduce the amount of toxic heavy metals that leach into the water systems from the ash emitted by coal-fired power plants, according to The New York...

Details emerge about Department of Energy’s ...

National Renewable Energy Laboratory / via E&E News This Energy Department map shows how new long-distance power lines allow surplus wind and solar power to be shared across the United States. ©2019 E&E Publishing, LLC Republished with permission A coast-to-coast transmission super-grid could be built across the United States for $80 billion and deliver economic gains of more than twice that amount, moving surplus...

New FDA Report on Pesticides in Fruits and Vegetab...

Last month the Food & Drug Administration published its latest annual analysis of the levels of pesticide residues that contaminate the fruits and veggies and other foods we Americans routinely put on our dinner plates. The fresh data adds to growing consumer concern and scientific debate over how pesticide residues in food may contribute – or not – to illness, disease and reproductive problems. Over 55 pages of data,...

For best climate impact, put renewables in the U.S...

(Reuters) – Installing wind turbines and solar panels in the U.S. Midwest instead of other parts of the country would deliver the biggest cuts in climate-warming emissions and improvements in public health, according to a study published on Tuesday. The magnitude of benefit from renewable energy depends in part on whether it is displacing coal-fired power plants or cleaner-burning fuels like natural gas, according to...

Coal Giant Murray Energy Files for Bankruptcy Desp...

Murray, a Trump donor, gave the administration a wish list of regulatory rollbacks to boost his company over cheaper natural gas and renewables. It didn’t save coal. Coal magnate Bob Murray, the founder of Murray Energy, which filed for bankruptcy on Oct. 29, 2019. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Murray Energy, the U.S. coal company whose founder’s “wish list” was a virtual template for the Trump...

Three years after layoffs, First Solar producing l...

Three years ago, the mood around the First Solar Inc. complex in Perrysburg Township was glum. The Tempe, Ariz.-based solar panel manufacturer announced the permanent layoff of about 450 employees as it phased out its older panels to make room for its new, larger Series 6 thin-film panels. The Series 6 went into production in mid-2018, and on Thursday the company commenced producing more of the Series 6 at a new plant that...

Study casts doubt on carbon capture

One proposed method for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in the atmosphere—and reducing the risk of climate change—is to capture carbon from the air or prevent it from getting there in the first place. However, research from Mark Z. Jacobson at Stanford University, published in Energy and Environmental Science, suggests that carbon capture technologies can cause more harm than good. “All sorts of scenarios have...

Overall, how safe is drinking water for most peopl...

Sometimes our drinking water systems experience dangerous failures, such as the Flint lead poisoning disaster that made major news beginning in 2014. But outside those headline grabbing crises, how safe is our drinking. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group wants to help you answer that question. It has collected all the water-quality information that utilities in the U.S. submit to their state environmental or public...

Chuck Schumer Proposes $454 Billion Plan to Swap G...

The Senate’s top Democrat, Charles Schumer of New York, proposed on Thursday a $454 billion 10-year plan to boost the sale of electric vehicles and reduce the number of gasoline-powered cars. His plan would offer cash vouchers to entice Americans to trade in their internal combustion engine car for a car that runs on hybrid, electric or hydrogen fuel cells, according to Reuters. Schumer said in a statement that his...

Exxon Goes on Trial for Lying About the Climate Cr...

The country’s largest fossil fuel company goes on trial today to face charges that it lied to investors about the safety of its assets in the face of the climate crisis and potential legislation to fight it, as the AP reported. The lawsuit against ExxonMobil, the country’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gasses after Chevron, accuses the oil behemoth of using fuzzy math to assess its readiness for government...

Will the Public End up Paying to Clean up the Frac...

Increasingly, U.S. shale firms appear unable to pay back investors for the money borrowed to fuel the last decade of the fracking boom. In a similar vein, those companies also seem poised to stiff the public on cleanup costs for abandoned oil and gas wells once the producers have moved on. “It’s starting to become out of control, and we want to rein this in,” Bruce Hicks, Assistant Director of the North Dakota Oil and Gas...

Environmentalists question use of radioactive brin...

Environmentalists are concerned that processed brine waste from oil and natural gas drilling could raise levels of radium — a radioactive metallic element found in the brine — in soil and groundwater. [File photo] Posted Oct 23, 2019 at 4:48 PM Updated at 5:48 AM Processed brine waste from oil and natural gas drilling could raise levels of radium — a radioactive metallic element found in the brine — in soil and groundwater...

New Study Finds Biodiversity Boosts Crop Yields, P...

Farms with just one or a handful of different crops encourage fewer species of pollinating and pest-controlling insects to linger, ultimately winnowing away crop yields, according to a new study. Up to half of the detrimental impacts of the “landscape simplification” that monocropping entails come as a result of a diminished mix of ecosystem service-providing insects, a team of scientists reported Oct. 16 in the...

We Need a Just Transition—Because We Should Abando...

The coal industry is dying. But we can’t allow the communities that have been dependent on coal to die along with it. Even if clean energy champions, environmentalists, and climate activists weren’t working together to end the burning of coal, the dirtiest of all fossil fuels would still be on its way out. The free market is seeing to that. As the cost of renewables continues to fall and the production of cheap...

Dark Money Is Pouring in to Protect the “Worst Ene...

In Ohio, the fight over a nuclear and coal bailout is getting weirder by the day. This summer, Ohio’s beleaguered nuclear and coal plants got a major gift in the promise of a big bailout. Now, the fight over that promise has escalated into one of the most dramatic and bizarre showdowns of the 2020 election cycle. It all started back in July, when the Ohio state legislature passed a law—called HB6—that, starting next year,...