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Trump’s Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Powe...

In a speech before oil and gas industry executives, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke argued that the production and transportation of wind turbines contributes to global warming, but he overstated the factual case, especially when compared with other forms of energy. Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHSMarkit in Houston, Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines...

Editorial: No Ohio future seen for coal

There’s not much future in coal, even in Ohio. Even though coal still plays a prominent role in the imagination and politics of southeastern Ohio, it’s an ever-shrinking part of our economy. Some politicians profit by selling the false narrative of a “war on coal,” promising a comeback in mining jobs by relaxing or rolling back environmental laws. The hard truth, however, is that coal has been on the decline for decades. And...

Clean Energy Pioneers Earn Double The Returns Of F...

It is often said that investing with one eye on sustainability will automatically reduce returns, even though there is a growing body of evidence that this is no longer true. The latest proof that this is an outdated view comes from the release of the latest Clean 200 ranking, a list of the 200 largest publicly traded companies in the world making significant revenue from clean energy. In the first full year and a half of...

When Will Renewables Become The Dominant Source Of...

As the amount of renewable energy in global electricity networks continues to surge, a new question arises – when will renewables become the dominant source of energy? A new report, the Lloyd’s Register 2018 Technology Radar, examines this issue and also looks at which technologies are likely to have the biggest impact in different countries and what are the key drivers and barriers to success. A survey of 800 key industry...

Pruitt tapes revealed: Evolution’s a ‘...

Radio archives from Oklahoma also show him warning of ‘judicial monarchy’ and advocating constitutional amendments to ban abortion and gay marriage. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissed evolution as an unproven theory, lamented that “minority religions” were pushing Christianity out of “the public square” and advocated amending the Constitution to ban abortion, prohibit same-sex marriage and...

10 IoT (Internet of Things) Initiatives for a More...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating the building blocks for a brand new world of connected everything. We’ve witnessed the current power of IoT at CES 2018. Monoliths and newly born startups have demonstrated the massive rise of the technology and mind-blowing futuristic pictures of tomorrow. However, there are tangible risks that will come along with this new, connected world unless we solve environmental problems and...

Major U.S. solar company blames job cuts on Trump’...

SunPower has already begun a series of layoffs. President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported solar materials is already taking its toll on U.S. jobs. After putting plans on hold last month to expand its factories in the United States, SunPower Corp., one of the nation’s largest solar panel manufacturers, now intends to lay off between 150 and 250 workers from its U.S. operations, or 3 percent of its global...

6 Trends Driving Vehicle Electrification in 2018

The rush is on to build electrical grid infrastructure, adjust business models, and roll out enough charging stations to meet growing EV demand. The numbers are in, and in the U.S. alone, electric vehicle sales increased 21 percent last year — from 158,614 vehicles sold in 2016 to 199,826 vehicles sold in 2017. December 2017 also marked the 26th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases for EVs, led by the...

Ignoring Washington, States and Localities Expand ...

Wall Street Journal: Government mandates should keep U.S. solar power growing, despite new Trump administration tariffs on imported solar panels that are poised to raise prices. While the tariffs may slow the rate of solar expansion, local and state policies requiring utilities to procure renewable energy will continue to help create a baseline market for solar power, particularly for large, utility-scale projects. New York,...

Hundreds of mayors stand up to Scott Pruitt over c...

EPA chief Scott Pruitt received an unusual letter Tuesday morning. Two hundred and thirty-six mayors from 47 U.S. states and territories had sent him a clear message: Stop dismantling the Clean Power Plan. Last October, Pruitt announced his intentions to repeal and replace the Obama-era plan, the nation’s first attempt at regulating harmful greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. So far, Pruitt has done a bang-up job of...

Q&A: Watchdog group investigates Ohio wind en...

Ohio state Rep. Bill Seitz, seen in this 2011 photo, “has arguably done more to block the growth of clean energy jobs in Ohio than anyone else in the state” according to the Checks and Balances Project. A Washington-area watchdog group wants to know what’s behind an Ohio lawmaker’s opposition to wind energy projects. The Checks and Balances Project is scrutinizing Ohio Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati), one of the...

A new brand of Republicans: The rise of conservati...

Sarah Spence is a Republican through and through. Her dad taught her how to shoot a gun when she was around 14. As a teenager, she baby-sat for the children of conservative candidates for the Ohio House. President Donald Trump won more than 75 percent of the vote where she’s from: Oak Hill, a southern Ohio coal- and brick-producing village with a population of 1,551. “When I left, my parents said, ‘Please...

Top Clean Cars and Trucks of 2018

Some of the cleanest cars you can buy today are powered by electricity, though the emissions of an electric vehicle (EV) varies depending on where it is plugged in. Even though parts of the U.S. still partially rely on coal fired power, the average EV sold in the U.S. produces the emissions equivalent of a gas vehicle that gets 73 MPG, and more than 70 percent of Americans live in an area where driving an EV results in fewer...

Study: Solar and Wind Won’t Break the Grid

A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or compromise security of supply. Critics of renewable energy have often warned that there are strict...

How Fossil Fuel Allies Are Tearing Apart Ohio̵...

With scare studies, policy drafts and political donations, industry groups turned Ohio lawmakers against policies they once overwhelmingly supported. COLUMBUS, Ohio—On March 30, Bill Seitz, a charismatic Republican, took to the floor of the Ohio House to make a case for gutting a 2008 law designed to speed the adoption of solar and wind as significant sources of electricity in the state. The law, he warned, “is like...