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Trump positioned to impose potentially crushing ta...

U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made panels that have driven its explosive growth. (Sept. 22, 2017) (Sign up for our free video newsletter here http://bit.ly/2n6VKPR) U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made...

Facebook Data Center (in New Albany) Makes Good on...

Facebook is now closer to reaching their goal of 100 percent sustainability with a new data center. As Facebook continues planning the construction of future data centers, their goal remains to eventually have “100 percent clean and renewable energy in our mix for our entire operations,” said Lindsay Amos, Technology Communications Manager at Facebook. The Facebook data center in New Albany will help solidify the company’s...

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Decision Striking Do...

On August 30, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a district court’s decision striking down a Fayette County, WV ordinance prohibiting wastewater injection.  EQT Production Company challenged the ordinance—which restricted “storage, treatment, injection, process or permanent disposal” of wastewater within the county, including specifically, the use of injection wells for permanent...

Why Plan? Articles by Jurgen Pape – January ...

Why Plan? February 2017 This is a continuation of my previous editorials from several years ago, then called “Why Plan?” My emphasis now is on the environment. Mahatma Gandhi made many profound statements. One can be applied to the environment: “The future depends on what we do today!” Since water is crucial to everyone (more so than oil), the use or mis-use of it is becoming more of a major factor. Already wars have been...

Germany Breaks Record: 85% of Energy Comes From Re...

Germany’s “Energiewende”—the country’s low-carbon energy revolution—turned another successful corner last weekend when renewable energy sources nearly stamped out coal and nuclear. Thanks to a particularly breezy and sunny Sunday, renewables such as wind and solar, along with some biomass and hydropower, peaked at a record 85 percent, or 55.2 gigawatts, and even came along with negative prices for...

Kentucky coal company plans to build the state’s l...

A dump truck moves dirt and rock from a mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky. CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger Alford Kentucky coal company plans to build the state’s largest solar farm The company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners. ThinkProgress | A Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring...

Trump Might Not Believe In The Risks Of Climate Ch...

Solar panels on a hillside in eastern China. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) The 45th President of the United States might think climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, but there is a fair chance that the investors who put money into his hotels and casinos think it is rather more serious than that. New research from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) reveals that 60% of the world’s 500 biggest asset owners (AOs),...

Economy grows as CO2 emissions drop, making mocker...

GDP growth decouples from carbon pollution, thanks to efficiency, natural gas, and renewables. The premise of President Donald Trump’s plan to kill the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon pollution standards is that restricting CO2 hurts the economy. But Trump’s oft-repeated claim that EPA standards kill jobs is bogus. “Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as...

Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The WorldR...

Tiny, shrimplike amphipods living in the Mariana Trench were contaminated at levels similar to those found in crabs living in waters fed by one of China’s most polluted rivers. Dr. Alan Jamieson/Newcastle University hide captiontoggle caption Dr. Alan Jamieson/Newcastle University Pollution Has Worked Its Way Down To The World’s Deepest Waters  February 13, 2017 2:47 PM ET  Heard on  Morning Edition  Christopher...

This Map Shows Every Pipeline Spill In The U.S. Fo...

The media tends to completely fail when it comes to reporting on pipeline ruptures. The tendency in the media is to report on pipeline ruptures as single incidents, when in reality they are a part of a larger problem of energy transportation companies’ crumbling infrastructure. There are a couple of great maps that have been created by The Center for Biological Diversity that show the reality of public crisis that is going...

Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs Court M...

The crowd that thronged a gospel concert last month in Richmond, Va., was in for an unusual Christmas treat. “Your energy bill’s paid!” the M.C. declared between soaring numbers from recording artists like VaShawn Mitchell and Charles Jenkins, calling to a young woman from the audience, who shrieked and started twirling on the floor. Though few in the crowd knew it, the concert had a powerful sponsor: Fueling U.S. Forward, a...

Northeast Ohio consumers to get more clean energy ...

Northeast Ohio consumers to get more clean energy under new aggregation deal  Written By  Kathiann M. Kowalski 11/22/2016 Midwest Energy News | 2016-11-22T05:59:00+00:00 A new deal for roughly half a million ratepayers in Northeast Ohio will provide more clean energy in the wake of FirstEnergy’s decision to back out of a community aggregation agreement. Starting in January, the new arrangement between the Northeast Ohio...

To Fight Clean Power Plan, Fossil Fuel Companies P...

Just one week before Republican state attorneys general asked federal courts to reject the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which requires states to regulate emissions from electricity generation, they met privately — for a handsome fee — with energy companies Murray Energy and Southern Company, which are also suing to halt the plan’s implementation. The timing of the secret meetings and financial contributions reveal what appears to...

“Smoke waves” from wildfires are getting worse — a...

Shrouded by smoke from a fire in California’s parched San Bernardino Mountains, schools in the Victor Valley closed their doors earlier this month. The Pilot Fire was contained on Monday — shortly before the Blue Cut Fire broke out, billowing soot and ash over the valley afresh, forcing further closures. “This is a pretty unprecedented situation,” said Violette Roberts, a Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District...

Louisiana Can’t Pay for Its Solar Tax Credits: ‘It...

Here are some of the stories we’re reading this morning. The Times-Picayune: Thousands in Limbo as Louisiana’s Solar Tax Credits Dwindle Michele Eichhorn thought she was making a wise investment in April when she and her husband opted to buy solar panels for their family home in River Ridge. She felt a sense of pride when she first saw sun glinting off the panels on her rooftop. Today, she looks up and feels duped....