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Bill Gates, Other Billionaires Invest To Advance Clean Energy

Bill Gates, Other Billionaires Invest To Advance Clean Energy

This week, representatives from world governments are meeting in Paris for the much-anticipated United Nations summit on climate change. Ahead of those talks--which are intended to create a global strategy for radically reducing carbon emissions--some of the world's richest people announced their... read more

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China Alone Now Burns Half The World's Coal, New Data Reveals

China now burns half of the world's coal, according to newly-released data that appears to correct previous government estimates. This latest data shows that China has been... read more November 10, 2015 by 

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Report Names Funders Of Anti-Solar-Power Initiatives & Legislation

As home-solar installations proliferate, electric utilities are worried about what effect that could have on their business. There's been much talk among analysts about... read more October 15, 2015 by 

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Renewable Energy Doing So Well That Subsidies Could End: Energy Secretary Moniz

Government subsidies have been an important lifeline for renewable energy, helping to make different technologies viable even when costs are not in their favor. But at what... read more August 30, 2015 by 

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EPA Issues Final Clean Power Plan Rules; Now The Fight Begins

After much discussion, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its first-ever standards for carbon emissions from power plants. Under the newly-finalized... read more August 4, 2015 by 

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Lack Of Innovation Could Doom Battle To Trim Carbon Emissions

Representatives of world governments will meet in Paris this December to discuss a global strategy for combating climate change. But the outlook doesn't appear promising... read more July 28, 2015 by 

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Senate Group Pushes EPA To Add More Biodiesel In Renewal Fuel Standard

Enthusiasm for alternative fuels has dropped considerably over the past few years. Despite a Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandating its use, ethanol isn't doing too well... read more July 27, 2015 by 

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Even More Coal-Fired Power Plants To Be Retired Under Proposed EPA Rules

Among currently used methods for generating electricity, coal is by far the dirtiest. But--in the U.S., at least--it's also on the decline as an energy source. The U.S... read more July 24, 2015 by 

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Era Of Cheap, Subsidized Gasoline To End In United Arab Emirates

Global oil prices have remained fairly low for most of this year, which should be good news for people in most of the industrialized world. But that's not the case in the... read more July 23, 2015 by 

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State Laws On Ethanol In Gasoline: Only Seven States Require E10 Blend

Under the Renewable Fuels Standard passed in 2007, the Federal government requires certain volumes of ethanol to be blended into the U.S. transportation fuel supply. However... read more July 17, 2015 by 

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New West Coast Oil Refinery Proposed To Meet Clean-Fuel Demand

Along the Columbia River in Washington state, developers are planning the first new oil refinery on the West Coast in 25 years. Paradoxically, the goal of the project is to... read more July 2, 2015 by 

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California's '50/50/50 Challenge' To Cut Energy Use Radically By 2030

Earlier this year, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed ambitious goals for dealing with climate change by drastically cutting fossil-fuel use in the state. In his... read more June 16, 2015 by 

G7 leaders in Krun, Germany. White House photo by Pete Souza.

Fossil Fuel Use Must Plummet By 2050, End By 2100: G7 Meeting

This past week, the Group of Seven (G7) world leaders met in Germany for the group's 41st annual summit. Needless to say, much was discussed, from the threat of international... read more June 13, 2015 by 

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Agriculture Department To Spend $100 Million For E15 Ethanol 'Blender Pumps'

Ethanol has had something of a fall from grace over the last decade. Increasing amounts of ethanol must be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply to comply with the Renewable... read more June 12, 2015 by 

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IMF: Fossil Fuels Subsidies Are $5.3 Trillion A Year If Climate Costs Included

Climate change doesn't just present an environmental threat to human populations, it also has a tangible economic impact. Governments must invest in measures to combat... read more May 21, 2015 by 

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Big Oil To 'Lose Control Of Auto Industry': Energy Conference

It's not uncommon for media commenters to look at electric-car sales numbers, only to conclude that the segment is teetering on the brink of death. Electric cars will never... read more April 28, 2015 by 


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