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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...

Indiana politicians got thousands in gifts while p...

With Senate Bill 309 enacted, what is the affect on solar energy in Indiana? Kelly Wilkinson/IndyStar It may sound like the life of a top CEO or a major celebrity. But in fact, it’s all in a day’s work for some Indiana legislators. An IndyStar review has found that as the general assembly was considering crucial energy legislation, utilities and their political action committees poured millions into the general assembly in...

U.S. Trade Panel Recommends Up to 35% Tariff on Im...

Federal trade officials are recommending that the Trump administration impose an import tariff of up to 35% on solar panels to protect U.S. solar manufacturers from low-price imports that have undercut the companies’ ability to compete. Members of the U.S. International Trade Commission outlined their various recommendations Tuesday, which also included import quotas and a licensing fee. They must now send them to the White...

‘Blocking the Sun’: New Report Documen...

While nearly 9 in 10 Americans support the development of more solar energy, electric utilities and fossil fuel-backed special interests are trying to hold off the inevitable renewable-energy future by promoting policies that would make rooftop solar harder to obtain. A new report released Thursday by Environment America Research & Policy Center documents 20 entities, across 12 states, who sought to roll back key...

High molybdenum in Wisconsin wells not from coal a...

When high levels of the trace element molybdenum (mah-LIB-den-um) were discovered in drinking-water wells in southeastern Wisconsin, the region’s numerous coal ash disposal sites seemed to be a likely source of the contamination. But some fine-grained detective work led by researchers from Duke University and The Ohio State University has revealed that the ponds, which contain the residues of coal burned in power...

What has fracking done to our air quality?

Urban air pollution in the U.S. has been decreasing near continuously since the 1970s. Federal regulations, notably the Clean Air Act passed by President Nixon, to reduce toxic air pollutants such as benzene, a hydrocarbon, and ozone, a strong oxidant, effectively lowered their abundance in ambient air with steady progress. But about 10 years ago, the picture on air pollutants in the U.S. started to change. The “fracking...

Trump administration releases report finding ̵...

The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday detailing the growing threats of climate change. The report stands in stark contrast to the administration’s efforts to downplay humans’ role in global warming, withdraw from an international climate accord and reverse Obama-era policies aimed at curbing America’s greenhouse-gas output. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The...

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Will Power ...

“Hywind will provide clean energy to over twenty thousand homes and will help us meet our ambitious climate change targets,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. The 30 megawatt wind farm, operated by Norwegian oil company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co., consists of five turbines and is located 25 kilometers offshore Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. “This marks an exciting development for...

Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Hit Record High

Concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) increased at “record-breaking” speed last year, according to the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin released Monday. According to the report, concentrations of CO2 reached 403.3 parts per million in 2016, up from 400.00 parts per million the year prior. This acceleration was due to a strong El Niño event—which triggered...

Scented laundry products release carcinogens, stud...

  A small study suggests scented laundry items contain carcinogens that waft through vents, potentially raising cancer risk. “This is an interesting source of pollution because emissions from dryer vents are essentially unregulated,” said lead author Dr. Anne Steinemann, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of public affairs at the University of Washington, said in a written statement....

Despite Trump promises, uncertainty reigns in Ohio...

A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties. By next June, Dayton Power and Light (DP&L) will close two coal-fired plants in Adams County, Ohio — the 2,318-megawatt coal-fired J.M. Stuart Station, opened in 1971, and the 618-megawatt Killen Station, started 11 years later. Less than a year after DP&L announced its...