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Kate Sheppard

Congress Stuffed Some Coal In Its Omnibus Package

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abro...

Peabody Coal 'Campaign' Hopefully Won't Fool Congress

Doug Norlen | Posted 11.16.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

This August a select number of Congressional offices working on international issues received an email from Advanced Energy for Life, a new PR entity extolling energy from coal. We, along with the Congressional staffers who told us about the mailing, gulped in amazement.

Christina Wilkie

Power Plant Bombed In Gaza Is Insured By U.S. Government

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.01.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As lawmakers on Capitol Hill scrambled to approve increased military funding for Israel this week, a little-noted federal agency across ...

We Are All Malala

Carl Pope | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

What is the best technology to supply remote Pakistani villages and urban slums with roof-top power? How can India use solar water pumping to slash its waste of water and power and liberate crop yields?

Why Are Leading Overseas Development Advocates Pushing Us Down the Greenhouse Gangplank?

Charlie Cray | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Charlie Cray

Rumors are circulating that some members of Congress are pushing OPIC to shift directions and finance more polluting gas projects in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa.

Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

Justin Guay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Green
Justin Guay

The direction Power Africa, President Obama's signature initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, t...

Kate Sheppard

Spending Bill Protects Inefficient Light Bulbs And Money For Coal Abroad

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The omnibus appropriations bill that House and Senate leadership announced Monday evening would block the Department of Energy from impl...

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

Janet Redman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Janet Redman

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Power Africa or Power Oil & Gas Profits?

Justin Guay | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

Slowly but surely one of the most pressing development issues facing the international community, energy poverty, is getting the recognition it dese...

Obama's International Clean Energy Strategy, a Tale of Two Agencies

Justin Guay | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
Justin Guay

With the clean energy market topping $263 billion globally, and a solar trade war raging, the ending to this tale is crucial for U.S. competitiveness in the technologies of the future.

Center for Global Development has Announced a 'New Rich Energy Program'

Jigar Shah | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green
Jigar Shah

What our friends at CGD clearly don't understand is that decades of pouring billions into grid extension have failed Africa.

How Obama's Consolidation Can Still Promote Development (Hint: Don't Smother Overseas Private Investment Corporation)

Todd Moss | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Todd Moss

Too many of the government's tools are spread across too many agencies and putting them under one roof could bring lots of savings and benefits.

Development That Works: OPIC Earns Money for the Treasury While Funding Development Throughout the World

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Maxwell Kennedy

In a new year in which the candidates will rehash arguments about American exceptionalism, it is worth paying attention to a little known aspect of American foreign policy that breaks the mold in many ways.

Export Promotion Is Not the Same as Building Markets Abroad

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

It sounds like there may be confusion in the Obama administration over a basic, yet fundamental issue -- understanding the difference between export promotion and development mandates.

U.S. Fiscal Commission Suggests Killing OPIC, the Government's Cash Cow

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

If you're interested in reducing the budget deficit, then the question isn't whether OPIC should be shut down. That's absolutely ludicrous.

Obama Offers Millions In Muslim Technology Fund

breitbart.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The White House Friday highlighted a new multi-million-dollar technology fund for Muslim nations, following a pledge made by President Barack Obama in...