Subsidies in the Climate Bill Keep Oil and Gas Alive

A big winner is carbon capture technology. Subsidies will lock in fossil fuel use.

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Climate Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk. There Is More to Be Done.

The bill will cut U.S. emissions, but not nearly enough. It’s “like losing 20 pounds when you need to lose 100 pounds” one expert said.

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The Climate Bill’s “Greenflation” Will Be Worth It

Getting off fossil fuels can bring price stability and significant savings, but consumers may also face “greenflation.”

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The Climate Bill Isn’t Perfect, but It’s Still a Major Victory

There may be better ways to slow global warming, but this legislation is a big step forward.

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Five Decades in the Making: Why It Took Congress So Long to Act on Climate

The Senate bill avoided the political pitfalls of past legislative attempts by offering only incentives to cut climate pollution, not taxes.

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A Clean Energy Future is in the Hands of Congress

The Inflation Reduction Act may be the single-most important piece of climate legislation in American history.

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Germany, Facing Energy Crisis, Gives Nuclear Another Look

For three decades, nuclear power was one of Germany’s most divisive debates. But with Russia cutting gas, Germans are revisiting their political energy taboos.

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Analysis Deems Biden’s Climate and Tax Bill Fiscally Responsible

Despite Republican claims, the new legislation would be only a modest corporate tax increase, Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation found.

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Can Inflation Reduction Save the Planet?

This bill just might catalyze a crucial energy transition.

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How Joe Manchin Shaped the Climate Change Bill

Along the way to the $369 billion package, the West Virginia senator secured an array of concessions for his state and for the fossil fuel industry.

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In Compromise, the Climate Left May Be Vindicated

The Manchin-Schumer bill may well prove inadequate. It also represents a generational achievement.

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Seven Key Provisions in the Climate Deal

The $369 billion climate and tax bill would affect every aspect of U.S. energy production, with incentives for producers and consumers to move away from fossil fuels.

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Surprise Deal Would Be Most Ambitious Climate Action Undertaken by U.S.

The announcement Wednesday of an agreement in the Senate almost instantly reset the role of the United States in the global effort to fight climate change.

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This Mining Law Is 150 Years Old. We Really Need to Modernize It.

Taxpayers and the environment have been the losers.

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Nobody Talks About How Fracking Was an Extraordinary Boondoggle

There’s a lesson here on what big investments in clean energy could deliver.

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Biden’s Big, Bold, Surprising Plan for a Green Transition (I Hope)

Our energy policy is a mess. The president needs to devise a new strategy with America’s biggest oil producers.

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I Feel Utterly Hopeless About American Climate Policy

Democrats probably won’t get another chance to pass climate legislation anytime soon.

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Delay as the New Denial: The Latest Republican Tactic to Block Climate Action

The party has largely moved beyond denying the existence of climate change but continues to oppose dramatic action to halt it, worried about the short-term economic consequences.

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Western Europe, a Climate Leader, Still Suffers From Global Warming

Yet it’s suffering badly from warming.

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Heat Wave Complicates Global Energy Crisis and Climate Fight

First, Russia upended the world energy market, then searing temperatures drove up demand for energy, forcing some of the world’s largest economies to scramble to secure power for their citizens.

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Donde Dalí pintó el mar, se preparan unas turbinas eólicas

Los polémicos planes para instalar un parque eólico frente a la costa noreste de España forman parte de un tenso debate sobre dónde ubicar los nuevos proyectos de energías renovables en toda Europa.

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Climate Politics Are Worse Than You Think

If only it were just about money.

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How Inflation Upended Biden’s Climate Agenda

Rising prices, party infighting and the aftershocks from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have hurt the president’s plans to speed an energy transition.

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In a Twist, Old Coal Plants Help Deliver Renewable Power. Here’s How.

The sites, once a source of greenhouse gases, have a useful feature: They’re wired to the electricity grid. For new ventures like solar farms, that can save a lot of time and money.

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How Joe Manchin Doomed the Democrats’ Climate Plan

Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia led his party and his president through months of tortured talks, with nothing to show for it as the planet dangerously heats up.

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America Can’t Allow China to Keep Crushing Our Solar Energy Industry

The Biden administration is taking a gamble that furthers our reliance on China without providing the essential elements to build our domestic solar industry.

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Local climate action

In the absence of national climate measures in the United States, how much can be done at the local level? Our reporters talk about the opportunities and barriers.

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California Shows Why Fossil Fuels Are So Hard to Quit

Dozens of state and local budgets depend heavily on tax revenue from oil, gas and coal to fund schools, hospitals and more. Replacing that money is turning out to be a major challenge in the fight against climate change.

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Are Gas and Nuclear Energy Green? European Lawmakers Say Yes.

The decision is likely to reverberate far beyond Europe’s borders and set a benchmark that could be replicated around the world.

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Nuclear Power Gets New Push in U.S., Winning Converts

With challenges in meeting clean energy goals and new electricity demands, politicians in both parties seek to prolong and even expand reactor use.

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With Climate Agenda Stalled at Home, Biden Still Hopes to Lead Abroad

The United States has demonstrated international leadership on climate change in the past, but recent setbacks are presenting new challenges for President Biden.

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Court Decision Leaves Biden With Few Tools to Combat Climate Change

A Supreme Court ruling, combined with an energy crunch and intraparty politics, makes it nearly impossible for President Biden to achieve his climate goals.

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Can Dual-Use Solar Panels Provide Power and Share Space With Crops?

Companies like BlueWave are betting on it. But the technology has its critics.

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Can Natural Gas Be Used to Create Power With Fewer Emissions?

One company says it has the technology. And though investors looking for cleaner power generation are lining up, some environmentalists are skeptical.

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Red Flags for Forced Labor Found in China’s Car Battery Supply Chain

Ties to potentially coercive labor practices could prove a problem for an industry that is heavily dependent on China, once a new law barring Xinjiang products goes into effect.

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She Spoke Out Against Vietnam’s Plans for Coal. Then She Was Arrested.

The prosecution of Vietnam’s most prominent environmental activist, as well as others, has cast doubt on the country’s commitment to cut coal.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #coal, #energy-and-power, #political-prisoners, #vietnam

Installing Rooftop Solar Can Be a Breeze. Just Look at Australia.

America’s solar power failures are mostly regulatory. That can be fixed.

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Quick and dirty cash

The pandemic has left many countries deeper in debt. One way out is to sell more fossil fuels.

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A Hotter World

Climate change’s effects are already unequal.

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How Putin Has Played His Energy Cards

The energy realists Jason Bordoff and Meghan O’Sullivan explain why the Ukraine war means a very bumpy ride in the transition off of fossil fuels.

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From Gun Laws to Abortion, 5 Issues for N.Y. Legislators as Session Ends

A move to raise the minimum age to buy AR-15-style weapons is among several hot-button issues still to be resolved in Albany before the session ends.

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Hit Hard by High Energy Costs, Hawaii Looks to the Sun

The state is seeking to replace coal and oil with solar energy, aiming to rely extensively on rooftop panels on single-family homes.

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Why Do We Swallow What Big Oil and the Green Movement Tell Us?

Neither is being realistic about a smooth transition to renewable energy.

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Europe Rethinks Its Reliance on Burning Wood for Electricity

A new proposal would significantly rewrite E.U. rules on renewable energy, ending subsidies for biomass like wood pellets.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #bioenergy-and-biofuels, #carbon-dioxide, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #politics-and-government, #southeastern-states-us

America’s Oil and Gas Boom Didn’t Deliver True Energy Security

Investing in clean energy, efficiency and electrification is the only path to true energy security.

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La energía solar ofrece un salvavidas a Puerto Rico

La red energética de la isla ha tenido dificultades para recuperarse después de que el huracán María casi la anulara en 2017. Los sistemas de energía solar ofrecen a los puertorriqueños una forma de depender menos de la red.

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Solar Power Offers Puerto Ricans a Lifeline but Remains an Elusive Goal

The island’s energy grid has struggled to recover after Hurricane María almost wiped it out in 2017. While solar-power systems can fill gaps, they aren’t cheap.

#adjuntas-puerto-rico, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #casa-pueblo, #electric-light-and-power, #luma-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #puerto-rico, #solar-energy

Oil Profits Soar, but the Industry’s Path Forward Remains Uncertain

Here are four climate takeaways from a dramatic turnaround — a year after a surge of shareholder activism in the industry, as well as a remarkable court ruling against Shell.

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Canadian Hydropower Destined for U.S. Hits a Roadblock in Maine

Power companies, conservationists, local residents and two U.S. states are mired in an acrimonious dispute about hydroelectricity from Quebec.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #canada, #energy-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hydro-quebec, #iberdrola-sa, #maine

High Electric Bills Get Ready for Another Energy Price Spike: High Electric Bills

Rates have jumped because of a surge in natural gas prices and could keep rising rapidly for years as utilities invest in electric grids.

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