energy policy

 
17 states have passed extra fees on electric cars; is that fair?

17 states have passed extra fees on electric cars; is that fair?

Nobody likes paying gas taxes, and that seems particularly true for drivers who don't buy gas—such as those who drive electric cars. As legislators have begun to notice more electric cars on the roads, more of them have become concerned about their drivers not buying gas—and not paying... read more

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BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

China wants all electric cars: will it work? Reasons and reactions

It was quaint and adorable when Norway did it, saying it would end sales of cars with internal-combustion engines by 2025. The Netherlands followed suit, with little fanfare... read more September 19, 2017 by


 
One of 130 second-generation self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EV electric cars, with GM CEO Mary Barra

GM CEO Barra attacks China gas-car ban, suggests buyers should decide

General Motors CEO Mary Barra met with reporters in Shanghai on Friday, discussing the company's vision of the future: "a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero... read more September 18, 2017 by


 
Donald J. Trump in November 2016       [photo: The Trump Organization]

Trump claims to 'unleash American energy' in speech full of inaccurate claims

Shortly after announcing his intention to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, President Donald Trump declared the final week in June to be "Energy Week."... read more July 10, 2017 by


 
Donald Trump

What Trump's 'Energy Week' policies actually mean

The White House declared this past week "Energy Week" and offered up a few key points on which the Trump administration plans to focus to unleash what it calls a new American... read more July 3, 2017 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Coal-country voters laugh at politicians who deny climate change

The "war on coal" has long been a talking point of politicians running for elected office in the state of Kentucky. The state was once home to a booming coal industry that... read more June 8, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Trump DoE to critique renewables against coal for grid reliability

It is widely accepted in the energy industry that U.S. coal production will fall as a percentage of the total electric grid mix. That has little to do with its high carbon... read more April 18, 2017 by


 
Cooling tower at power plant, by Flickr user Paul J Everett (Used under CC License)

Trump can't affect global climate-change progress, says Mayor Bloomberg

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has gone on record saying publicly what most analysts have discussed privately: the notion that Washington can direct the energy... read more April 11, 2017 by


 
Walmart store sign (via Wikimedia)

Large corporations, manufacturers stick with climate pledges despite Trump

The new U.S. president, Donald Trump, is working to eradicate every Obama policy to limit the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Having variously called the... read more April 5, 2017 by


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

E15 gasoline faces stronger headwinds as more states move to ban it

While political control in Washington has changed, the debate over a mandate to blend specific volumes of ethanol into the U.S. fuel supply has not. Since its passage in 2007... read more March 27, 2017 by


 
wind farm

Bipartisan governors' group urges Trump to back solar, wind power

The new presidential administration seems poised to take a radically different approach to energy policy than its predecessor. That approach is founded on denial of accepted... read more March 15, 2017 by


 
China

China happy to become world's climate-change leader if U.S. lags

Under the administration of President Barack Obama, the U.S. joined the rest of the world and took a leading role in global efforts to avert irreversible climate change. But... read more February 1, 2017 by


 
Tesla and SolarCity energy storage array on Ta'u, American Samoa

Energy storage batteries face biggest test in California

From the perspective of both renewable-energy advocates and electric utilities, grid-scale energy storage offers many potential benefits. By storing energy in battery packs... read more January 22, 2017 by


 
The White House, Washington, D.C.  [Creative Commons license by dcjohn]

Action on climate change 'harmful, unnecessary': Trump White House

If there were any doubt that U.S. policy on climate change would change drastically under President Donald Trump, it should have been laid to rest shortly after noon... read more January 21, 2017 by


 
Grand Teton, Wyoming

New bill in coal-producing Wyoming would ban renewable energy for utilities

While renewable-energy use has grown substantially over the last few years, the regulatory environment remains volatile. Some states have worked hard to stimulate renewable... read more January 19, 2017 by


 
China

China's five-year budget for renewable energy: $360 billion

Despite a recent downturn, the Chinese government is moving full-speed ahead to invest heavily in renewable energy. The country's national regulators have already promoted... read more January 11, 2017 by


 

 
 

 
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