Senator Bernie Sanders to Join 350.org in Launch of Fossil Free U.S….

Senator Bernie Sanders to Join 350.org in Launch of Fossil Free U.S. Campaign the Day After the State of the Union WASHINGTON - Senator Bernie Sanders will join prominent climate activists to kick off a new campaign to take on the Trump Administration and the fossil fuel industry on . The event, Fossil Free Fast: The Climate Resistance, launches Fossil Free U.S , a campaign led by 350.org , calling for an immediate halt to all fossil fuel projects and a fast and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all.

U.S. could ‘conceivably’ re-join Paris climate agreement, Trump says

The United States "could conceivably go back in" to the Paris climate agreement, President Trump said Wednesday - but it would have to be under terms that don't punish the country for its wealth of fossil fuels. "Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal," Trump said.

Standing Up for Coal Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Former Vice President Al Gore should have used this month's "24 Hours of Reality" internet broadcast to encourage the Trump administration to withdraw all carbon-dioxide emission rules on future power stations. Then the United States could replace its old, inefficient coal-fired power plants with modern, clean, efficient coal stations, just as they are doing in Europe, India and China.

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling _ and renewable energy

The Republicans' tax package would boost traditional forms of energy such as oil and gas while also supporting renewable energy such as wind and solar power - and even extend a hand to buyers of electric cars. An agreement by House and Senate negotiators would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, while preserving tax credits for wind power and other clean energy.

Tax bill boosts oil, gas drilling – and renewable energy

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans signed the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, talks to reporters at the Capitol after Republicans signed the conference committee report to advance the GOP tax bill, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

GOP Tax Plan Keeps Green Energy, Electric Car Subsidies

The House and Senate agreed Thursday to scrap a proposal eliminating a large tax credit the electric vehicle market and other green energy companies rely on to keep the fledgling industry afloat. Lawmakers spared a $7,500 electric-vehicle tax credit and a wind production tax credit that Republicans nixed to balance out the hefty tax bill, according to a Bloomberg report Thursday.

Completion of solar electric-generation array near Las Vegas marked

Solar arrays line the desert floor of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone as part of the 179 megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects north of Las Vegas that were commissioned on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegass88s Solar arrays line the desert floor of the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone as part of the 179 megawatt Switch Station 1 and Switch Station 2 Solar Projects north of Las Vegas that were commissioned on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017.

Officials dedicate 2 large solar electric generating plants

Two large solar-powered generating plants built near Las Vegas to power the operations of commercial data company Switch in northern and southern Nevada were dedicated Monday by elected, company and business officials. The industrial-sized power plants at an industrial park in North Las Vegas are designed to generate the equivalent amount of electricity to meet the needs of 46,000 Nevada homes, according to a company statement.

The GOP tax bill is huge for the US oil and gas industry


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The GOP tax overhaul passed both chambers of the U.S. Congress, although a lot remains to be done before a bill can reach the President's desk. Still, there are a lot of changes in store for energy, and because much of the discrepancy between the two chambers is focused on some big-ticket tax items-and not energy-we can be reasonably confident about what to expect from the legislation in regard to the energy sector.

Nebraska Public Service Commission Allows Keystone XL Pipeline…

Betraying bipartisan voices from across Nebraska and the rest of the United States, the Nebraska Public Service Commission voted today to allow the Keystone XL pipeline, which will connect a Canadian pipeline transporting the dirtiest fuel on the planet to an existing line at the Nebraska-Kansas border. The fossil fuel company TransCanada plans to lay Keystone XL over the Ogallala aquifer, endangering the primary source of clean water for 2.3 million people in America's heartland.

House approves bill to expand hydroelectric power

The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at expanding hydroelectric power, an action supporters said would boost a clean source of renewable energy but opponents denounced as a giveaway to large power companies. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state, would define hydropower as a renewable energy source and streamline the way projects are licensed, with primary authority granted to a single federal agency.

Puerto Rico seeks renewable energy future with Tesla

A Puerto Rican official who has been in talks with Tesla Inc said the island is serious about transforming its energy infrastructure after it was leveled by Category 4 Hurricane Maria, despite questions about how such an overhaul would be funded. A Puerto Rican official who has been in talks with Tesla Inc said the island is serious about transforming its energy infrastructure after it was leveled by Category 4 Hurricane Maria, despite questions about how such an overhaul would be funded.

INSIGHT-The US solar industry’s new growth region: Trump country

President Donald Trump's administration has vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies. And yet the solar power industry is booming across Trump country, fueled by falling development costs and those same subsidies, which many Republicans in Congress continue to support.

Renewables opportunity in Puerto Rico

Politicians and investors say they have a golden opportunity in the wake of Hurricane Maria to re-invent Puerto Rico's power grid as a storm-resistant network. Hurricane Maria destroyed Puerto Rico's antiquated and bankrupt electrical system, leaving millions in the dark and utility crews scrambling to help.

Trade panel says low-cost solar imports hurt US companies

Low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, a U.S. trade commission ruled Friday, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from abroad. The 4-0 vote by the International Trade Commission sets up a two-month review period in which the panel must recommend a remedy to President Donald Trump, with a final decision on tariffs expected in January.

US solar industry hurt by cheap imports from China

A US trade panel has ruled that low-cost solar panels imported from China and other countries have caused serious injury to American manufacturers, raising the possibility of the Trump administration imposing tariffs that could double the price of solar panels from aboard. Friday's vote by the International Trade Commission was unanimous.

Solar boom or bust? Companies seek tariffs on solar imports

Cheap solar panels imported from China and other countries have led to a boom in the U.S. solar industry, where rooftop and other installations have surged 10-fold since 2011. But two U.S. solar manufacturers say the flood of imports has led one to bankruptcy and forced the other to lay off three-quarters of its workforce.

There’s A ‘Strong Moral Case For Energy Abundance.’ Here’s Why [VIDEO]

Energy expert Myron Ebell served as the Trump administration's head of transition for the Environmental Protection Agency and became the "target" of radical environmental groups' hate campaigns, he told The Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview. He became a focus of protests, with some even even using projectors to shine his name on to the EPA building while chanting, "Stop the Evil Myron Ebell!" He continues to hit back by explaining how the Trump administration is unwinding strangling government red tape, and highlighting the president's efforts to stimulate energy, mining, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing in America again.

U.S. senator urges FBI to probe Icahn over biofuels push

A Democratic U.S. Senator on Wednesday urged the FBI to launch a criminal probe into whether billionaire investor Carl Icahn broke the law when he called for a change in the federal biofuel program that would have enriched him personally while he was an adviser to President Donald Trump. "It appears Mr. Icahn potentially violated the principal conflict of interest statute ... abused his role as a special adviser to the president of the United States on issues relating to regulatory reform," by participating in a government matter that affects his financial interests, Senator Tammy Duckworth of ethanol-producing Illinois said in a letter to the FBI, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Energy Analyst: DOE’s Grid Study Raises Red Flags About Future Of Green Energy

The Department of Energy's grid study contains several important red flags to consider when determining what role solar and wind power will play in the future, a digital tech analyst told The Daily Caller News Foundation. The DOE's study notes that green energy technology is not currently a problem for the electrical grid, but the agency's report warns that solar and wind power could become a problem in the future if demand explodes, according to Mark Mills, an executive at tech-consulting organization Digital Power Group.

Eversource Energy Northern Pass Achieves Major Federal Permitting…


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The U.S. Department of Energy issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Pass hydroelectric transmission project , representing a significant step forward in the permitting process. The FEIS concluded that the proposed Northern Pass route is the "preferred alternative," that the project provides substantial benefits, and will result in only minimal impacts.

$100 million solar energy project coming to South Carolina

State officials, including Governor McMaster, were on hand for the inauguration of the $100 million solar project in Aiken County. "I think the success of this particular facility, a seven-acre facility that can produce up to a megawatt of power, and even today with the overcast that we have it is still producing power and energy, we've come a long way from the original solar panels," Representative Joe Wilson explained.

Senate appropriators advance $38.4 billion energy spending bill

Senate appropriators on Thursday sent a $38.4 billion energy and water spending bill to the chamber's floor that is $4 billion more than President Trump's budget request. The Appropriations Committee approved the Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act for fiscal 2018 with a near unanimous 30-1 vote, with some Democrats choosing to delay their push to boost renewable energy spending until the bill comes up for a final vote on the floor.

U.S. wind industry tacks as Trump shifts the political climate

Three days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry directed his staff to find ways to give a boost to coal and nuclear power, the rival wind industry kicked its lobbying response into action. The American Wind Energy Association would tap allies in Congress willing to weigh in with Perry and buy advertisements on "news channels closely followed by the Trump administration," according to a memo its leader sent to board members.

U.S. wind industry tacks as Trump shifts the political climate

Three days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry directed his staff to find ways to give a boost to coal and nuclear power, the rival wind industry kicked its lobbying response into action. The American Wind Energy Association would tap allies in Congress willing to weigh in with Perry and buy advertisements on "news channels closely followed by the Trump administration," according to a memo its leader sent to board members.

Trump in Iowa Told Lots of Lie-o-Was

President Donald Trump says the idea of putting solar panels on the wall he wants to build along the Mexico border sprang from his imagination. Actually, others proposed it, back when he was criticizing solar power as too expensive.

More rational policies in our future?

In the wake of President Trump's exit from the Paris climate treaty, reactions from other quarters were predictably swift, nasty, sanctimonious and hypocritical. Al Gore paused near one of the private jets he takes to hector lesser mortals to say the action will bring "a global weather apocalypse."

Renewable energy push is strongest in the reddest states

Some of the fastest progress on clean energy is occurring in states led by Republican governors and legislators, and states carried by Donald Trump in the presidential election. Two years ago, Kansas repealed a law requiring that 20 percent of the state's electric power come from renewable sources by 2020, seemingly a step backward on energy in a deeply conservative state.

Pittsburgh residents don’t want their city ‘smoky’ again

Residents in Pittsburgh say it's ironic that President Donald Trump name-dropped their city during his announcement on Thursday that the United States was pulling out of a global climate accord. After all, it's stricter environmental regulations and clean energy policies that transformed their once "smoky city" into a beautiful place to live.

Mayor Roberts says she’s leading on climate change. GOP opponent says she is – grandstanding.’

After President Donald Trump said he would withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord Thursday, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and her Democratic opponents in September's primary said they opposed the decision and backed the city's efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. City Council member Kenny Smith, the Republican mayoral candidate, said he too has "consistently supported" the city's efforts and goals to become more environmentally-friendly.

Renewable energy expected to continue growth, despite Trump

" President Donald Trump may abandon U.S. pledges to reduce carbon emissions, but global economic realities ensure he is unlikely to reverse the accelerating push to adopt cleaner forms of energy. Around the world, coal-fired power plants are being shuttered as governments and private companies invest billions in wind turbines and solar farms.

$9 million available for biomass development

Up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative to increase the nation's energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products. The projects funded through BRDI - a joint USDA and Department of Energy program - will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify the nation's energy portfolio.

Coal impacts could push 122 million people into extreme poverty by 2030.

That's according to a report from the global anti-poverty organization Oxfam, which specifically calls for Australia to stop propping up the coal industry - especially the $300 million in subsidies it's offered up for a proposed mine in Queensland. "Against the backdrop of an imperiled Great Barrier Reef and extreme weather disasters, Australia's carbon pollution is continuing to climb - the tragic consequence of more than a decade of climate policy paralysis and short-term political opportunism," Helen Szoke , CEO of Oxfam Australia, says.

Obama: Private sector is key to tackling climate change

Former U.S. President Barack Obama says he's "confident that the United States will continue to move in the right direction" on climate change despite his successor's pledges to undo many of his policies. On his first foreign foray since leaving office, Obama told an audience Tuesday at a Milan conference on food innovation in Italy that businesses in the United States are already committed to clean energy, in part due to cost-savings, which would help counteract moves by Donald Trump 's administration.

On Day of Climate March, Remember the Global Advance of Solar


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The U.S. public may have to march today for our government to recognize the dangers of climate change. But in the rest of the world, governments are placing a large wager on clean solar energy.

Bernie Sanders rallies anti-Trump protesters with climate bill

Former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday will introduce a 100-percent clean energy bill to kick off major protests against President Trump's environmental agenda this weekend. The independent senator from Vermont, who ran as a Democrat, will be joined by climate change stalwart Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a public rally hosted by the organizers of the People's Climate March to announce the bill, according to an agenda.

Successful session? Depends on who you ask


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The Associated PressHouse Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis left and House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, conferred during Friday's final day of the Indiana General Assembly. Bosma labeled the session "monumental," but Pelath was more critical of the results.

Apocalyptic Progressivism

Shortly after the 2008 election, President Obama's soon-to-be chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, infamously declared, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste." He elaborated: "What I mean by that it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before."

California Leads the Way in Solar Power


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For the first time, on the day of March 23, 40 percent of Californian grid power between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. was generated by utility-scale solar plants. This proportion was a seasonal effect but not a fluke, and it certainly points to what will be routine in the very near future.

Critical Focus Schools Meeting Monday at Fairgrounds

Parents of students in the 19 "critical focus" schools in the Shelby County Schools system and those who live in the communities around those schools will hear more about the plan to improve the low-enrollment, low-student achievement schools Monday, March 27, at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway S. at 6 p.m. SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson is proposing funding to turn around the schools that would otherwise be proposed for closing and consolidation with other schools. The school district will provide bus transportation to the meeting from four central locations Hamilton Middle School, Hawkins Mill Elementary, Knight Road Elementary and Westwood High.

NASA Goes Nuclear

OFFICIALS AT NASA HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C., WERE BATTING AROUND names for their soon-to-be-announced nuclear program last fall when Administrator Sean O'Keefe offered a suggestion. Why not call it Project Prometheus, after the giant in Greek mythology? It was Prometheus, after all, who brought fire, and with it civilization, to humankind.

Solar Power May Get Boost From Africa’s Biggest Oil Exporter

Senators in the capital of Abuja are currently debating whether they'll allocate $30 million to solar projects in this year's budget, according to the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria. They're expected to provide funding for off-grid solar projects, photovoltaic manufacturing, and transmission upgrades, according to REAN Executive Secretary Godwin Aigbokhan.

Big Battery Installations Surge After Gas Leak in California

The biggest natural gas leak in U.S. history led to a boom in large-scale energy-storage systems, the technology that's long considered the elusive link to integrating solar and wind power into electric grids. U.S. homes and businesses -- primarily utilities -- installed storage systems with 336 megawatt-hours of capacity in 2016, double the amount from the previous year, according to a study released Tuesday by Energy Storage Association .

China’s coal consumption falls for 3rd year in a row

" China's consumption of coal fell in 2016 for a third year in a row, official data showed Tuesday, as the world's top carbon polluter has emerged as a global leader in addressing global warming. The National Bureau of Statistics said the consumption of coal, a major source of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions, fell by 4.7 percent last year, according to preliminary calculations.

Navy researchers produce high-density, high-cetane bio-hydrocarbon…


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Researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake have produced three new high-density, high-cetane biofuels from sesquiterpene feedstocks. In an open-access paper published in the RSC journal Sustainable Energy & Fuels , they describe the preparation of the three fuels from sesquiterpene components of cedarwood oil.

Big Corn courts old foe Big Oil to combat electric car threat

A U.S. biofuels lobbying group on Tuesday said it is seeking to work with longtime rival the oil industry to fight the threat to both from subsidies for electric vehicles. The two industries have been at loggerheads for years as they seek sway with Washington over how much biofuel should be included in gasoline and diesel.

Comeback

Use of coal to generate electricity in the United States is expected to make a comeback as Americans begin to understand the reality behind former President Barack Obama's claims of a cheaper, cleaner future based on wind and solar power.

Perriello comes out against pipeline and, in a shift, offshore drilling

Former congressman Tom Perriello, a Democrat running for governor of Virginia, announced his opposition to the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. RICHMOND - Another contender for Virginia governor took aim at energy suppliers on Wednesday, coming out against two proposed natural gas pipelines while swearing off campaign donations from utility giant Dominion Virginia Power.

States expected to continue course toward clean energy future


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In Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead is counting on a state-funded research center set to open this year to find a way to produce energy from coal without releasing carbon dioxide into the environment. In Kansas, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is eyeing new wind farms to bring jobs and economic growth.

States expected to continue course toward clean energy future


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In Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead is counting on a state-funded research center set to open this year to find a way to produce energy from coal without releasing carbon dioxide into the environment. In Kansas, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is eyeing new wind farms to bring jobs and economic growth.

Navy: Wind farm opposed by GOP lawmakers wona t harm radar

The Pentagon says it disagrees with Republicans in North Carolina who claim a $400 million clean energy project slated to power data centers for Amazon.com Inc. poses a threat to national security. State legislative leaders have asked the incoming Trump administration to either kill or require major changes to the nearly completed wind farm, which they said will interfere with the operation of a military radar installation that scans for aircraft and ships hundreds of miles out over the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean.

In Texas, Perry was ‘all of the above’ on energy production

Years before the Democratic president endorsed all types of energy production - from oil and gas to renewable sources like wind and solar power - Perry was putting the policy into practice in Texas. During Perry's record 14-year tenure as governor, Texas maintained its traditional role as a top driller for oil and natural gas, while also emerging as the leading producer of wind power in the United States and a top 10 provider of solar power.

Obama presses Trump not to back away from clean energy

WASHINGTON >> President Barack Obama cast the adoption of clean energy in the U.S. as “irreversible,” putting pressure Monday on President-elect Donald Trump not to back away from a core strategy to fight climate change. Obama, penning an opinion article in the journal Science, sought to frame the argument in a way that might appeal to the president-elect: in economic terms.

Wind turbine a source of energy and education

FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, JANUARY 8, 2017, AT 12:01 A.M. CST.- A wind turbine pictured here on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 was built south of the Central Community College-Hastings campus as a partnership with Bluestem Energy Solutions, Hastings Utilities and CCC. CCC hopes to add a wind energy program to the curriculum by the fall of 2017.

Federal bill could prevent wind projects near military bases

Congress is reviewing a bill that aims to prohibit federal tax relief for wind energy projects located within 40 miles of an active military air base. The Protection of Military Airfields from Wind Turbine Encroachment Act would, if signed into law, incorporate revisions to the Internal Revenue Code that will prevent wind energy developers from pursuing renewable electricity production credit and energy credits, both of which provide tax relief, for projects within tens of miles from military airfields.

Wind turbine a source of energy and education

A wind turbine owned and operated by Omaha-based Bluestem Energy Solutions was recently erected just southwest of the CCC - Hastings campus as part of a public-private partnership between Bluestem , the college and Hastings Utilities . The project includes one $4 million, 1.7-megawatt General Electric turbine, which rises 432 feet above the ground from the tip of a blade.

Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump’s Twitter Foreign Policy Is ‘Brilliant’

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, an informal adviser to Donald Trump, spoke approvingly of the president-elect's apparent desire to restart a nuclear arms race. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich praised the style and substance of Donald Trump 's suggestion for a new nuclear arms race , calling the president-elect's use of Twitter to make major policy pronouncements "brilliant."

License issued for $1B Montana power storage project

A Montana company has been granted a license to build a $1 billion, 400-megawatt power storage project in the central part of the state that would supplement electricity from wind turbines and other sources, according to documents released Thursday by federal regulators. The 50-year license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission allows Absaroka Energy, of Bozeman, Montana, to construct and operate the project on a 177-acre site near the tiny town of Martinsdale, home to fewer than 100 people.

Energy – Tsunamis’ Threaten to Drag Oil Down to $10, Engie Says

The oil industry must brace for five energy "tsunamis" that threaten to drag prices as low as $10 a barrel in less than a decade, according to The falling cost of solar power and battery storage, rising sales of electric vehicles, increasingly "smart" buildings and cheap hydrogen will all weigh on crude, Thierry Lepercq, head of research, technology and innovation at the French energy company, said in an interview. "Even if oil demand continues to climb until 2025, its price could drop to $10 if markets anticipate a significant fall in demand," Lepercq said at his office near Paris.

Trump taps former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head Energy Department he once vowed to abolish

President-elect Donald Trump picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department on Wednesday, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot during a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it. Perry, who ran for president in the past two election cycles, is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward fossil fuels, whose production he championed while serving as governor for 14 years.

Gore says U.S. climate curbs on track, hopes Trump will surprise

U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are likely to fall irrespective of the pro-coal policies of President-elect Donald Trump, who may still surprise the world by embracing global action to limit climate change, former vice president Al Gore said. Gore, a climate activist who will lead a 24-hour televised marathon on Dec. 5-6 about global efforts to limit rising temperatures, told Reuters that companies and U.S. states would cut emissions despite Trump's doubts that warming is man-made.

Upstate NY towns embroiled in fight over tall wind turbines

In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, people gather to protest the installation of windmills in Somerset, N.Y. A battle of clean energy vs. the environment is playing out in western New York over a plan to build dozens of wind turbines that could be among the nation's tallest, rising 600 feet above the scenic shores of Lake Ontario. less FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016 file photo, people gather to protest the installation of windmills in Somerset, N.Y. A battle of clean energy vs. the environment is playing out in western New York over a plan to ... more Clean energy and environmental interests usually go hand in hand.

Statea s climate rules may be threatened by a Trump presidency

After eight years in which California had a partner in President Barack Obama in expanding renewable energy and electric vehicles, signing international deals and writing tougher pollution laws to the consternation of industry and Republicans, the election of Donald Trump now sets up the Golden State as a land in environmental exile. Experts say it's about to become a country within a country, moving sharply in the opposite direction of the White House and Congress on climate change and environmental policy, as California sets its own agenda with sympathetic states and countries.

Carbon tax rejected, talks endure

Washington's carbon tax initiative was billed as a bipartisan approach to curbing carbon emissions, but voters rejected the measure, which drew opposition from the fossil fuel industry and environmental groups alike. The proposed tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline would have been the first in the U.S., and sponsors hoped it would serve as a model for actions across the country.

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"Under my plan, electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket!" This was a declaration by Barack Obama in 2007 describing his plan to fight climate change , and last month he made good on that promise in a joint declaration with Chinese President Xi to announce the U.S. would ratify the Paris climate agreement. The agreement calls for the U.S. to significantly reduce carbon emissions, which means we will have to shut down coal-fired power plants and make significant new investment in wind and solar projects to generate energy.

Policies are very different

Never has the stark difference between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton been more clear on the issue most important to local voters. Clinton has detailed her position for several months.

Byron York: Clinton promises major wealth redistribution

Even by the standards of liberal Democrats, Hillary Clinton is running the most frankly redistributionist presidential campaign in years. She promises massive new spending initiatives and balanced budgets, achieved by raising taxes on higher-income Americans in ways that other Democrats have rejected in the recent past.

Secretary of Interior urges approval for Klamath dams removal

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell penned a letter this week to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission urging it to approve a plan to remove four dams from the Klamath River to protect the interests of fish and farmers. “In short, dam removal can re-write a painful chapter in our history, and it can be done in a manner that protects the many interests in the basin,” she wrote in her Monday letter.

Idaho company debuts solar sidewalks

He believes the solar-powered glass pavers his company makes could transform thousands of miles of pavement into a new energy source. His business, Solar Roadways, recently unveiled its first public installation, in a downtown plaza in this northern Idaho resort town.

Green Collaboration With the Enemy

"But the worst enemy you can meet will always be yourself; you lie in wait for yourself in caverns and forests. Lonely one, you are going the way to yourself! And your way goes past yourself, and past your seven devils! You will be a heretic to yourself and witch and soothsayer and fool and doubter and unholy one and villain.

Why it Matters: Energy

THE ISSUE: Energy independence has been a goal of every president since Richard Nixon. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different ways to achieve it.

For the Record: Hey! Over here! It’s a real issue like climate change

For the Record: Hey! Over here! It's a real issue like climate change Where do Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and third-party candidates stand on climate change? Check out this story on brookfield-elmgrovenow.com: http://usat.ly/2e6smEl Sigh. What does it mean for democracy when the election now depends on how you view the P-word? And why, if this is all we can talk about, is Team FTR even bothering to tell you where the candidates stand on matters that don't involve genitalia? We don't know either.

Consumer Demand, Government Support Boost Biobased Products Industry


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The biobased products industry contributes hundreds of billions of dollars to the US economy while reducing millions of metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a US Department of Agriculture report . The report says that in 2014, the biobased products industry contributed $393 billion and 4.2 million jobs - indicating that the sector grew from 2013 to 2014 , producing an additional $24 billion over the previous year.

Oldest US lighthouse, Boston Light, celebrates 300 years

The nation's oldest lighthouse station is turning 300 years old with celebrations and ... Michigan's former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water... Michigan's former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water source,... A federal plan will open swaths of public land in the California desert to renewable energy development while preserving much of the landscape for conservation and recreation.

Plan divvies up desert for conservation, energy projects

Swaths of public land in the California desert will be opened to solar and wind farms under a federal plan released Wednesday that preserves much of the landscape for conservation and recreation. The long-awaited blueprint finalized by the U.S. Interior Department after a yearslong process seeks to balance renewable energy development and species protection on 17,000 square miles of desert managed by the federal government.

APNewsBreak: Report cites lax security at mental hospital

Michigan's former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water... Michigan's former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water source,... A federal plan will open swaths of public land in the California desert to renewable energy development while preserving much of the landscape for conservation and recreation.

Study: Pluto ‘spray-painting’ poles of its big moon Charon

Michigan's former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water... Michigan's former state epidemiologist acknowledged in a plea deal Wednesday that she was aware of dozens of cases of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area around the same time the city changed its water source,... A federal plan will open swaths of public land in the California desert to renewable energy development while preserving much of the landscape for conservation and recreation.

Obama Legacy: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency, slicing the nation's output of polluting gases that are warming Earth. As politicians tangled in the U.S. and on the world stage, the U.S. slowly but surely moved away from emissions-spewing coal and toward cleaner fuels like natural gas, nuclear, wind and solar.

Hillarys 2016 Platform On Energy, Explained

Following on last week's Trump episode , Sean O'Reilly and Taylor Muckerman are taking a look at Hillary Clinton's platform on energy. Listen in to find out what Clinton plans to change about the energy industry if she's elected -- how much she wants to expand nuclear, solar, and wind; how she plans to help disenfranchised coal families; and more.

Nevada finalist for advanced geothermal lab

Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced Wednesday Nevada is a finalist to host the Department of Energy's new Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal laboratory. "Nevada will be the perfect location a Zfor the Department of Energy's new Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal laboratory.

Obama to open conservation tour in Lake Tahoe and Hawaii

President Barack Obama is opening a two-day environmental tour aimed at showcasing conservation efforts before traveling to Asia, where climate change is high on the agenda for his final trip to the region. In Nevada on Wednesday, Obama plans to visit Lake Tahoe and speak at a summit dedicated to the iconic lake's preservation.

Why it Matters: Climate Change

THE ISSUE: It's as if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump live on two entirely different Earths: one warming, one not. Clinton says climate change "threatens us all," while Trump tweets that global warming is "mythical" and repeatedly refers to it as a "hoax."

Regime seeks to avoid another – Special Period’


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In one of his recent speeches Cuban President Ral Castro announced that from September onwards there will be a period of economic rationalization, particularly in terms of electricity consumption - associated without a doubt to the Venezuelan crisis. Cuba, which uses oil primarily to generate electricity, has eight thermoelectric power plants .

Taking a gander at contradictions

There is an expression dating back to the Middle Ages, meant to teach a lesson about fairness or equality, which goes something like "what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander." It applies to lots of political debates, perhaps notably today's campaign issues regarding energy policy.

Feds Must Study Wind Farm’s Harm to Bats

Wind-turbine opponents convinced the D.C. Circuit that the government issued a permit to an Ohio wind farm without fully considering ways to reduce the deaths of endangered Indiana bats. Ohio-based Union Neighbors United brought the 2013 complaint in Washington, D.C., taking issue with the U.S. government's approval of a permit for the Buckeye Wind Power Project.

Clean energy PAC backs Sen. Richard Burr, other Republicans

Coming soon to a Facebook news feed near you: a new political strategy aimed at helping Republican candidates like North Carolina's Sen. Richard Burr overcome what supporters say is an unfair reputation that conservatives don't care about the environment. This week in North Carolina, ClearPath Action Fund , a conservative super PAC, plans to launch a near-half-million-dollar campaign in support of Burr's re-election effort.

Clinton’s big applause line: “I believe in science”

One of the biggest applause lines in Hillary Clinton's nomination acceptance speech on Thursday night might surprise you: "I believe in science." The crowd roared when she said it, because they knew what she meant: She accepts climate science, unlike Donald Trump and many politicians in his party.

New York wind farm part of larger offshore energy ambitions

A New York utility plans to construct a wind farm off eastern Long Island that would be the nation's largest offshore wind energy project, three times larger than one due to go online this year off Rhode Island. A New York utility plans to approve a wind farm off eastern Long Island that it says would be the nation's largest offshore wind energy project built to date.

Al Gore’s daughter among 23 arrested in Boston pipeline protest

Former Vice President Al Gore's daughter was among 23 people arrested during a protest of a pipeline under construction. Karenna Gore was among demonstrators who tried to block construction activity on the site by lying in a trench dug for the pipeline and refusing to move until firefighters removed them, said protest group Resist the Pipeline & Stop the West Roxbury Lateral.

Du Brook Dairy Offsetting as much as 50% Energy Demand with New…

We talked to several solar providers, and Sun Valley Solar Solutions was the most responsive and helpful...Plus, their experience with the agriculture community gave us confidence we were in the right hands. At Du Brook Dairy in Casa Grande, Arizona, a 314-kilowatt SunPower solar power system designed and installed by Sun Valley Solar Solutions has reduced the Dairy's reliance on purchased utility grid power by as much as 50%, and is projected to save more than $520,000 in the first 20 years.

Stefanik touts a independent voicea in discussing environmental record

Last September, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Willsboro, made a move few would expect from a Republican in Congress. Ms. Stefanik joined U.S. Rep. Chris P. Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and eight other Republicans in breaking away from usual Republican Party attitudes toward climate change with a resolution calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to find solutions to the problem.

GM shares fuel cell research to US Navy to develop unmanned undersea vehicles

General Motors, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory announce Thursday, June 23, 2016, they are cooperating to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into a next-generation of Navy unmanned undersea vehicles, or UUVs. Hydrogen fuel cells convert high-energy hydrogen efficiently into electricity, resulting in vehicles with greater range and endurance than those powered with batteries.

Obama chooses PNNL to lead Northwest manufacturing center

The national lab will focus on some of the most energy intensive industries in the region - food processing, advanced materials and forest products. Advances in smart sensors, digital process controls and information technology could radically reduce energy use in manufacturing and improve productivity.

Study Shows the High Economic Costs of Renewable Energy

U.S. politicians intent on mandating and subsidizing the use of renewable energy should first consider the damage such policies have done in Europe, concludes an analysis by the Manhattan Institute. According to the report-titled "What Happens to an Economy When Forced to Use Renewable Energy?-an assortment of policies enacted by European countries to combat climate change have led to soaring electricity costs for residential and commercial customers, leading the authors to recommend the United States reject similar policies.

Coal Firm to Pay Obama Mentor $435,000 to Fight Climate Plan

Peabody Energy Corp. is set to pay President Barack Obama's Harvard Law School mentor $435,000 this year to help the bankrupt coal producer challenge the administration's signature environmental law. The payments to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert and legal icon -- spanning May to December this year -- were disclosed in a legal filing tied to Peabody's bankruptcy proceedings.

Obama meets Indian PM, seeks implementation of climate pact

India will try to join a climate change deal within this year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi met President Barack Obama at the White House and the two leaders played up their efforts to cooperate on issues of global concern. Stressing their "strong bonds," Obama said the world's two largest democracies had "joined forces" to bring about the landmark climate agreement that was reached in Paris last December.

This ETF Works for Investors Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump Wins

Brace yourself for the financial advice on which presidential outcome will reward which investments. You may be advised, for example, that an exchange-traded fund focused on alternative energy, health care, or women in leadership will flourish under a President Clinton, while an aerospace and defense, real estate, or oil or coal ETF will be trotted out as a smart play for a Trump presidency.

USDA awarding $8.8M to 108 companies to support the production of advanced biofuel


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The US Department of Agriculture is awarding $8.8 million to 108 companies in 39 states to boost the production of advanced biofuels. The funding is being provided through USDA's Advanced Biofuel Payment Program, which was established in the 2008 Farm Bill.

Legislators, Environmental Groups Call for Better Pipeline Safety a Year After Refugio Oil Spill

One year to the day after one of the worst oil spills in Santa Barbara County history, elected officials and environmental organizations held a press conference Thursday at Refugio State Beach , calling for closer regulation of the oil industry, greater protection of the environment, and harsh penalties for Plains All American Pipeline . "You could almost not think of a more beautiful place that could be destroyed - however temporarily - by an oil spill," Assemblyman Das Williams said, pointing out the spot nearby where he learned to surf.

Energy Milestone: Renewables Power Portugal for Four Days Straight


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Electricity consumption in the country was fully covered by solar, wind and hydro power in an extraordinary 107-hour run that lasted from 6.45am on Saturday 7 May until 5.45pm the following Wednesday, the analysis says. News of the zero emissions landmark comes just days after Germany announced that clean energy had powered almost all its electricity needs on Sunday 15 May, with power prices turning negative at several times in the day - effectively paying consumers to use it.