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US Energy Policy

How Should America Fund Its Highways in the 21st Century?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.08.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Cheap gasoline raises the perennial question over how the U.S. funds its transportation infrastructure -- a key rationale behind Obama's proposed oil tax. And it makes electric vehicles (EVs) and biofuels less competitive on price, hindering U.S. efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and oil consumption. Can the U.S. continue to fund upkeep of its infrastructure and reduce emissions from transportation?

To Cut Emissions Faster, U.S. Should Ditch Tax Credit-Based Subsidies for Renewable Energy

The Conversation US | Posted 01.15.2016 | Green
The Conversation US

Congress last month extended valuable tax credits to producers of electricity from wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels, a move that came as a relief to an industry that has experienced rapid growth in recent years.

Strategizing for Saudi America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Don't think for a minute that this president isn't proud of his climate-changing energy program. But when the president and his national security officials really walk the walk and talk the talk, that's not what they're focused on.

Climate Change Posing Major Threat To Energy Infrastructure

Posted 03.10.2014 | Green

From Climate Central's Bobby Magill: Oil refineries and drilling platforms in the U.S. are vulnerable to sea level rise and greater storm surge. Fu...

Keeping the Lights on for Americans: Modernizing the Nation's Electric Grid

Patricia Hoffman | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Patricia Hoffman

A reliable and resilient electric grid is essential to meeting the rapidly-evolving needs of an increasingly digital society.

Obama Announces Plans For U.S. Energy Future

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 08.29.2013 | Green

President Barack Obama toured the Argonne National Laboratory outside Chicago on Friday and announced his plans for an "Energy Security Trust" to furt...

Public to President: Reject Keystone

Michael Northrop | Posted 04.22.2013 | DC
Michael Northrop

Thank you, Mr. President, for lighting the fire with your words. It is very exciting to think you will be doing the same with your actions.

Coal Country Fights For Its Way Of Life

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Green

By Daniel Trotta BEALLSVILLE, Ohio, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Leon Lieser has been a coal miner 49 years, his bent fingers testament to his fi...

Joseph Aldy: On the U.S. Energy Debate

92nd Street Y | Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics
92nd Street Y

Both presidential candidates have spoken about the need for energy independence, and Harvard Kennedy School's Joseph Aldy recently spoke with us about...

It's Time to Tango: The Case for a Reinvigorated Western Hemisphere Energy Strategy

Federico F. Peña | Posted 06.14.2012 | World
Federico F. Peña

A fulsome approach to developing the Western Hemisphere's energy potential would have a profoundly positive impact on America's energy security.

Perry's Energy Plan Offers More of the Same When America Needs Innovation

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Perry's plan disregards market realities, and by doing so, hands over dominance of the clean energy market to China. He's selling America short in a field we could actually lead in favor of one we never will.

Doing Hard Time in Fossil Fuel Prisons: Is Public Investment in R&D Un-American?

Robert Walther | Posted 08.17.2011 | Green
Robert Walther

Fuel for cars made from sunlight, wind turbines that could be suspended in the air like kites, a method to capture carbon dioxide based on the human lung; all are possibilities that the Department of Energy is helping explore.

Three Strikes and You're Hot: Time for Obama to Say No to the Fossil Fuel Wish List

Bill McKibben | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

The Obama administration is making its biggest decisions yet on our energy future, and those decisions are intimately tied to this continent's geography.

Sam Stein

Last Minute Oil Lobby Contributions To House Members Yield Results | Sam Stein | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the month leading up to an early May vote over whether to expand oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and open the coastal waters of V...

Michael McAuliff

More U.S. Oil Drilling Won't Lower Gas Prices, Experts Say | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.06.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Republicans used the politically potent argument about the cost of gas Thursday to pass a bill expanding offshore oil and gas exploratio...

Twenty-First Century Energy Superpower: China, Energy, and Global Power

Michael T. Klare | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael T. Klare

If you want to know which way the global wind is blowing (or the sun shining or the coal burning), watch China. That's the news for our energy future and for the future of great-power politics on planet Earth.

Tom Friedman Wants to Raise Your Taxes

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Americans are patriots ready to do whatever it takes for our country. We also cry murder when anyone tries to take anything away from us. The arena where these schizoid embodiments of our nature have battled most ferociously has been energy policy.

Chamber of Commerce: A Long History of Killing Clean Energy Policy

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

A diminished role for the U.S. Chamber would brighten the prospects of passing climate and energy policy in the United States and abroad.

Coal is Dirty From Start to Finish

Sandra Diaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sandra Diaz

If the mining of coal is dirty, the burning of coal is dirty, and the waste left over from burning and processing coal is dirty, what's the solution?