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The White House released its highly anticipated Energy Independence Executive Order (EO). The EO signals the White House’s fulfillment of a campaign promise—to roll back the various elements of the Climate Action Plan implemented under the Obama Administration

Renewable Energy Update – January 2017 #3

Government Report Cites Solar Industry Supports More Jobs Than Coal Industry

As California lawmakers prepare for another round of debating the best way to combat climate change, a new study says the San Joaquin Valley is benefiting economically from the state’s policies on global warming.

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

  2016 was a big year for progress in the U.S. power sector. Renewable energy sources provided 16.9 percent of the country’s electricity in the first half of 2016, up from 13.7 percent for all of 2015. The country’s first offshore wind farm opened off the coast of Rhode Island. Most importantly, carbon emissions from the power sector are… Keep reading →

Water Act A “WIIN” For Infrastructure

Drought Dries Up California Groundwater Sources

Last month, in a strong display of bipartisanship in an otherwise tense post-election political climate, Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act.

Kerry Testifies On Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities

The secretary’s latest remarks beg the question: at a time when Israelis and Palestinians are clearly unable to strike a grand deal, why not put ideology aside, jettison the administration’s all-or-nothing approach, and lay out more modest parameters on settlements, incitement, and other concrete issues? In the waning days of the Obama administration, Secretary of… Keep reading →

U.S. Forces Prepare To Withdraw From Iraq After 8-Year Presence

Along with Iran’s heightened anti-American rhetoric and local naval deployments, the recent Houthi missile attacks against U.S. vessels raise fears that Tehran’s clients may take the war into a new and more dangerous phase. As the Yemen war enters its twentieth month, the fighting has escalated beyond the country’s confines, with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels firing… Keep reading →

Boom Goes Bust: Texas Oil Industry Hurt By Plunging Oil Prices

Interesting remarks from President Obama during the “South By South Lawn” event at the White House this week – with the president basically saying that the abundance and affordability of domestic natural gas is key to America’s energy present and future, even as he gave a nod to natural gas’ ongoing role in reducing U.S.… Keep reading →

It’s Time For The Coal Industry To Come Clean

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

By now you have all heard the coal industry claims that the Clean Power Plan will kill the coal industry. This week federal judges hearing oral argument on the rule will no doubt hear the same. A new report by Sue Tierney of the Analysis Group clearly demonstrates just how misleading these claims are. Dr.… Keep reading →

F-16 Flies Over New York City

The episode gives Moscow a great excuse to be uncooperative, which it may have planned to be anyway, but providing clearer information could nevertheless help further the coalition’s goals. Note: Click on map for high-resolution version. On September 17, planes from the U.S.-led coalition in Syria attacked a target inside the city of Deir al-Zour,… Keep reading →

Clean Air Act Permit Challenges — New Rules On The Way

Obama's New Proposed Regulations On Coal Energy Production Met With Ire Through Kentucky's Coal Country

In the United States, the federal Clean Air Act requires all “major sources” of air pollution, such as power plants, refineries and other large industrial facilities, to obtain permits detailing the conditions under which those sources are allowed to operate.

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