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Don’t Frack So Close to Me: Colorado to Vote on Dr...

Coloradans will vote on a ballot initiative in November that requires new oil and gas projects to be set back at least 2,500 feet from occupied buildings. If approved, the measure—known as both Initiative 97 and Proposition 112—would mark a major change from their state’s current limits: 500 feet from homes and 1,000 feet from schools. As sociologists who have researched oil and gas drilling in the communities that...

The US would suffer some of the biggest costs of c...

The exact cost estimates vary, but the US consistently ranks near the top. Climate change is a classic tragedy of the commons: every country acting in its own self-interest contributes to depleting a joint resource, making the world worse for everyone. If you’ve ever lived with bad roommates, the concept will be easy to grasp. The social cost of carbon (or SCC) is a way to put a price tag on the result of that tragedy,...

Energy efficiency is fundamentally undervalued, RM...

Dive Brief: A new paper by the cofounder and chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) seeks to challenge conventional wisdom when it comes to energy efficiency, positing that the size and cost of the potential resource base is much larger and cheaper than previously believed. The misunderstanding is fundamental, according to physicist Amory Lovins. By examining individual energy-consuming technologies, rather...

Dire Climate Change Warnings Cut From Trump Power-...

Warnings about potentially severe consequences of climate change were deleted from a Trump administration plan to weaken curbs on power plant emissions during a White House review. Drafts had devoted more than 500 words to highlighting the impacts — more heat waves, intense hurricanes, heavy rainfalls, floods and water pollution — as part of the proposal to replace Obama-era restrictions on greenhouse gas...

The Forecast for Jobs in Appalachian Ohio Looks Su...

Along the Ohio River east of Cincinnati lies The Point, a huge industrial park with room for new tenants. Hundreds of acres with access to the river and the railroad sit ready for development. And while the space would be appropriate for any number of businesses, the residents of Lawrence County have something particular in mind: a solar manufacturing hub to support what would be the biggest solar farm in this corner of the...

Opinion: The Next Financial Crisis Lurks Undergrou...

Fueled by debt and years of easy credit, America’s energy boom is on shaky footing. About 20 years ago, an entrepreneur named George Mitchell proved that it was possible to get lots of oil and gas out of parts of the earth long thought to be sucked dry, by injecting liquid at high pressure into a horizontal well below the surface. About 10 years ago, fracking — the common term for this process — began in earnest. In that...

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Help for ...

President Trump promised to revive the fortunes of coal country. “Trump digs coal,” read the signs at his rally last week in Charleston, W.Va., where he touted plans to keep his pledge. He proposes to relax pollution standards for coal-fired power plants, the regulatory relief improving their prospects in an era of cheap natural gas and more competitive wind and solar. That means seeking to roll back the Clean Power Plan put...

IEEFA update: The investment rationale for fossil ...

An outdated mindset that no longer lives up to its hype For decades, the fossil fuel sector literally fuelled the global economy and powered the world’s investment markets. This is no longer the case. The long-standing and now outdated investment thesis around fossil fuels—that such holdings would make large and reliable annual contributions to institutional funds—has crumbled. The sector now lags the broader market, and the...

An alternative to propping up coal power plants: R...

The Trump administration announced new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants designed to keep existing coal power plants operating more and save American coal mining jobs. Profitability for U.S. coal power plants has plummeted, and one major coal company after another has filed for bankruptcy, including the world’s largest private-sector coal company, Peabody Energy. The main reason coal is in decline is less expensive...

Redirecting Trump’s Coal and Nuclear Bailout to Fu...

Bailout money could be better used to cover gaps in tax revenue, help workers retrain for new jobs, and fuel economic development in affected communities. FirstEnergy offers a case for a proactive transition plan. Coal and nuclear facilities are facing a tough economic reality in the United States. Competitive power markets are oversupplied, while natural gas and renewable energy are undercutting coal and nuclear on cost....

Experts: Coal’s decline imminent, with or without ...

A little more than two years ago, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump came to Charleston for a rally and made a promise to West Virginia’s coal miners: “We’re going to put the miners back to work, we’re going to put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines back open,” Trump said in 2016. As the Trump administration continues to promise a rebound to the coal industry by walking back Obama administration...

Panel: Methane leak capture could add millions to ...

Ohio oil and gas drillers could use existing technology to find and fix most methane leaks at little or no cost to their bottom lines, according to experts on a recent panel at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Better still: leak detection could create new jobs and revenue, boosting the state’s economy and helping to curb a potent greenhouse gas responsible for about a quarter of manmade global warming...

Report: Cheap Natural Gas and Renewables Could Clo...

Under the most favorable market dynamics for coal, “we project at least 71 [gigawatts] of retirements by 2030, roughly 65% more than currently planned,” the firm wrote. That’s a higher rate of retirement than the 65 gigawatts by 2030 projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s reference case. And it would require natural-gas prices rising to $4 per 1 million British Thermal Units (mmbtu), along with more rapid...

China files WTO challenge to US tariffs on solar p...

BEIJING (AP) – China says it is challenging a U.S. tariff hike on solar panels before the World Trade Organization, adding to its sprawling conflicts with President Donald Trump over trade and technology. The 30 percent tariffs announced in January improperly help U.S. producers in violation of WTO rules, the Commerce Ministry said. It said a formal complaint was filed Tuesday with the WTO in Geneva. The solar duties...

GUEST COMMENTARY: Want to create jobs? Reduce foss...

We’ve all heard claims that fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas are major job creators. President Trump says so all the time. But it turns out that developing and installing the technology to reduce fossil fuel use — known in the industry as “energy efficiency” — creates many more jobs than fossil fuels. Energy efficiency jobs in the United States totaled 2.18 million in 2016, more than double the total of fossil fuel...