Archive for posts tagged ‘climate change’

Electricity, Fossil Fuels and the Trump Administration

Most prognosticators thinking about energy policy in a Trump Administration foresee a reversal of the Obama Administration’s efforts to combat climate change, as well as a series of other regulatory and legislative adjustments designed to favor fossil fuels and disfavor renewables in energy markets. (Ann Carlson, for example, has an excellent post on the transition… Full Story

New York Throws Struggling Nuclear Generators a Lifeline, but Their Long-Term Survival Remains Uncertain

Nuclear generators in New York are breathing a collective sigh of relief this week after the state Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday approved a new Clean Energy Standard (CES), providing nearly $500 million in annual subsidies for generating facilities experiencing financial difficulties. Continued operation of nuclear facilities is seen as vital to achieve the… Full Story

The Costs of Inaction: The Risks of Failing to Implement the Clean Power Plan

There has been much discussion in recent months about the future of the domestic energy system. Amid growing concerns about climate change, the Obama Administration has encouraged cleaner energy development, with increased use of renewable energy systems in place of dirtier fossil fuels. Seeking to accelerate this shift towards renewables, the Administration last month published… Full Story

Congressional Gridlock: Democrats and Republicans Take Opposing Views on Methane Regulation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week released new data on greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas sector. The data is based on emissions reports filed by over 2,400 facilities engaged in the production, processing, storage, and/or transportation of oil and gas. Overall, these facilities emitted 236 million metric tons of carbon dioxide… Full Story