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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....

Coal Isn’t Dying Because There’s a War...

I never cease to be amazed how people with an agenda massage facts, or omit them, in order to support their cause. It comes up in the investing world, where these agendas often lead to money-losing decisions. Being able to detect this sort of nonsense is good over the long run for your investment portfolio. I was reminded of this recently when I read a report from the American Action Forum. The report says that just five...

Restore renewable energy and efficiency rules, Cle...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland City Council has done its part in a statewide campaign to bring back Ohio’s renewable energy standards and energy efficiency mandates. Council on Monday night approved a resolution asking for the immediate return of the state rules requiring power companies to help their customers use less power and to sell more power generated by clean technologies such as wind and solar....

Why We Should Let Utilities Own and Operate Roofto...

The solar industry shouldn’t be afraid of utility proposals to own residential and commercial PV. Many in the rooftop solar industry believe utilities should not be allowed to launch their own programs to own and operate residential or commercial solar. But is this hard line justified? There are valid concerns that shouldn’t be dismissed — most importantly that rate-basing gives utilities an unfair competitive...

Natural Gas Water Truck In Accident, Spills Brine ...

BARNESVILLE – Gulfport Energy contractors may not be drawing any water from the village reservoir, but an Ohio Environmental Protection Agency spokesman said the company is responsible for 5,000 gallons of brine that leaked into a stream leading to the reservoir Wednesday. Officials with Ohio EPA and the state’s Department of Natural Resources joined local emergency authorities to investigate the scene along Ohio...

Big banks brace for oil loans to implode

Big banks are cringing as crude oil is crumbling. Firms on Wall Street helped bankroll America’s energy boom, financing very expensive drilling projects that ended up flooding the world with oil. Now that the oil glut has caused prices to crash below $30 a barrel, turmoil is rippling through the energy industry and souring many of those loans. Dozens of oil companies have gone bankrupt and the ones that haven’t...

Ohio has yet to write rules for fracking industry

In June 2014, the state published a list of 20 rules it was working on to govern Ohio’s growing oil and gas industry. The rules were intended to cover serious environmental, financial and health issues, including recycling fracking waste, tracking wastewater pulled from wells developed with the hydraulic fracturing process and establishing a timetable for companies to report well leaks. But a year and a half later, the Ohio...