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How to Get Off Fossil Fuels Quickly—and Fairly

When it comes to a just transition, it’s going to take a radical reimaging not only of our economy but also of our culture and the shape of our social structures. YES! co-hosted a conversation with experts from the nonprofit The Land Institute to discuss policy proposals and new ways to rebuild our sense of self and community from the bottom up. The discussion was prompted by a new book, The Green New Deal and Beyond, by...

Do Fuels Made From Plastic Make Eco Sense? Behind ...

Yogurt pots, shampoo bottles, coffee-to-go lids, bubble wrap — plastic products are all composed of the same building blocks: long carbon chains. Heating them to high temperatures makes the carbon chains crack into a mixture of shorter molecules, ultimately converting them back into crude oil, the resource from which the majority of plastic products were originally made. Varying the process can result in different carbon...

With Ohio bailout law secured, FirstEnergy Solutio...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Leaders of a former FirstEnergy subsidiary, which Ohio electricity customers will soon begin paying $150 million annually to subsidize under a nuclear bailout law Ohio officials passed last year, have moved to spend an extra $300 million on repurchasing the company’s own stock. The stock buybacks, meant to benefit corporate shareholders, come less than a year after an aggressive multi-year lobbying...

The Wave Of Shale Well Closures Has Finally Begun

U.S. shale oil producers have so far held up admirably, hanging on for dear life amidst the biggest oil demand collapse in history. American producers continued to pump at record highs in March, even after dozens of drillers laid out blueprints to limit production. But with U.S. storage about to hit tank tops in a matter of weeks and the world deep in the throes of the biggest pandemic in modern history, the inevitable has...

AEP Conesville reaches end of coal-burning era

CONESVILLE — An end of an era was reached Wednesday in Conesville as the American Electric Power plant that started in 1957 ceased production of energy. The plant is targeted for decommissioning on May 31, but plant officials reported the last usable coal on site has been sent to the generation unit. A small staff will remain to shut down the unit and transition to new property owners, who have not been announced yet. Tom...

6 Things Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Ge...

Filmmaker Michael Moore’s new documentary purports to expose hypocrisy at the heart of the renewable energy movement. But the video, released on YouTube last week, is a mess of deceptive and outdated anecdotes, and a succession of ridiculous arguments. It will almost certainly do far more harm than good in the struggle to reduce carbon emissions. As a reporter who covers renewable energy and has a background in...

IEEFA update: Federal lending to the oil and gas s...

Even if entire relief program were to go to oil and gas, none of sector’s fundamental problems would be fixed The federal government recently decided to provide cash to businesses that have been harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. The cash is designed to help businesses survive what is expected to be a short-term economic disruption. The oil and gas industry is also being considered for support. The industry, however, does...

Dark money dominated Ohio’s nuclear subsidy saga

OHIO: FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to a special interest group that orchestrated ads, political donations, and other efforts behind Ohio’s nuclear and coal bailout. (Energy News Network) FirstEnergy Solutions paid nearly $2 million to at least one group, but most other data remains hidden. After-the-fact filings show that FirstEnergy’s generation subsidiary paid nearly $2 million to Generation...

Fracking Once Lifted Pennsylvania. Now It Could Be...

www.nytimes.com 7 mins read Supported by Continue reading the main story Natural-gas companies operating in the state were looking shaky before the coronavirus hit. Local economies are now at risk. A fracking site owned by EQT, a pioneer in Marcellus Shale gas extraction, near Rose Friend’s farmhouse in Marianna, Pa.Credit…Ross Mantle for The New York Times CARMICHAELS, Pa. — The last time the global economy was in...

Inside Clean Energy: 7 Questions (and Answers) Abo...

From EV sales to the solar market to states’ commitments to clean energy, the coronavirus pandemic is turning everything on its head. The coronavirus pandemic will affect every aspect of the clean energy transition. For example, a significant amount of rooftop solar installations have been canceled or postponed. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images I’m exhausted and I bet you are too. As we enter another month of the...

TVA burns last coal at 1,150MW Paradise plant

President Donald Trump tried to stop it from happening. The top Republican in the Senate, Mitch McConnell, did too. Despite their best efforts to make good on Trump’s campaign promise to save the beleaguered coal industry, including an eleventh-hour pressure campaign, the Tennessee Valley Authority power plant at Paradise burned its last load of coal last month. The plant’s closure — in a county that once mined more coal...

The Rich Are to Blame for the Climate Crisis, Inte...

A new international study has pinpointed an enormous chasm in the amount of resources the rich use versus the poor — both within their own countries and compared to an international population, according to a new study published in the journal Nature Energy. The researchers found that the wealthiest tenth of people use up about 20 times more overall energy than the bottom ten percent, no matter where they are, according to...

The Great U.S. Shale Decline Has Already Begun

U.S. shale companies are moving quickly to ax their budgets, hoping to staunch the bleeding as the oil market continues to melt down. It has only been a few days after the OPEC+ debacle, but with oil trading at around $30 per barrel, and with good odds of falling even lower, the entire energy industry has little option but to make deep cuts to their operations. “Most companies will go into maintenance mode,” Pioneer Natural...

U.S. shale companies facing a money-losing reality...

Bloomberg: America’s shale producers already had a profitability problem. It just got a lot worse. At a stroke, Saudi Arabia and Russia and their battle for market share have made almost all U.S. shale drilling unprofitable. Only five companies in two areas of the country have breakeven costs lower than the current oil price, according to data compiled by Rystad Energy, an Oslo-based consultancy. Wells drilled by Exxon Mobil...

Trump’s Best Shot at Saving Coal Is an Obscure Pow...

FERC draws new battle lines in the U.S. electricity wars. In the past three months, regulators appointed by President Donald Trump have disrupted ambitious plans to combat climate change in electric grids serving 85 million people in the U.S., from Chicago to New York to Washington. It was easy: an agency just rewrote some obscure pricing rules. With that, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cranked up to a new boil the...