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2017

The 4 Climate Technologies Ernest Moniz Says We Need Now

We're wasting time, former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz says in a podcast released today, by not working fervently on four large-scale projects for managing the carbon responsible for anthropogenic climate change.
The physicist sat down Friday to…

Morningstar analysts broke with the pessimistic consensus on nuclear power this fall when they predicted the industry would not just hold its own against renewables and cheap natural gas, it might even grow up to 5 percent.
But that prediction, which…

It was nuclear power's birthday bash, but Exelon CEO Chris Crane, head of the nation's largest nuclear operator, named energy storage the most promising technology of the future, one that could render nuclear power unnecessary.
"In our view the…

A planner working on flood control in Houston believes he has come upon a way—that conservatives will love—to remove a billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Jim Blackburn sees carbon in the soil as a private-property right that…

Red States, Led By Texas, Spearheaded 'War On Coal'

When carbon emissions from coal plants dropped by record amounts in 2015, Texas led the charge, according to a new analysis from the Energy Information Administration. Nine of the ten states where emissions dropped the most in 2015 turned out to be…

How An App Is Stopping Pollution In China

When China made real-time data available on the pollution emitted by 40,000 factories and other sources, an environmentalist named Ma Jun turned it into an app. The app's users turned it into a force for change by sharing the data on Weibo—China's…

When Energy Secretary Rick Perry set out this year to prove that Obama-era regulations were killing coal plants and undermining grid reliability, he turned to a veteran energy consultant from his home state of Texas to write the report.
Alison…

James A. Baker III: What If Al Gore Is Right?

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III isn’t ready to say Al Gore is right about climate change, but he is ready to take out an insurance policy just in case.
Baker sees a carbon tax as a way to achieve the Republican goal of removing…

Five years. That's how soon batteries can be expected to sprout all over the electric grid as utilities and homeowners drop in on a wave of falling prices, a Duke Energy executive said in Chicago Thursday.
"There's going to be a lot of excitement…

Trump Isn't The Biggest Threat To The Energy Revolution

Organizers of a panel Thursday on the future of the electric grid used a futuristic app to field audience questions. Not only could audience members submit questions on their smart phones, they could vote for questions they deemed most…