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Trump budget plan targets climate science, clean energy innovation for deep cuts

by Zahra Hirji, Georgina Gustin, and Marianne Lavelle, Inside Climate News Research and development in clean cars and renewable energy would be slashed more than 70 percent, NASA climate programs would be cut, and EPA would lose 31 percent. President Donald Trump‘s budget plan for fiscal year 2018 systematically takes a knife to climate research and programs […]

GOP fails to kill methane rule in a Capitol Hill defeat for oil and gas industry

by Georgina Gustin, Inside Climate News The rule limits venting and flaring gas, a move the Obama administration estimated would prevent 180,000 tons of methane from leaking into the atmosphere every year. The Senate on Wednesday rejected a bid to overturn an Obama-era rule that limits climate-warming methane leaks from oil and gas operations on […]

China and India make big strides on climate change

by the Editorial Board, New York Times Until recently, China and India have been cast as obstacles, at the very least reluctant conscripts, in the battle against climate change. That reputation looks very much out-of-date now that both countries have greatly accelerated their investments in cost-effective renewable energy sources — and reduced their reliance on […]

Unless we share them, self-driving vehicles will just make traffic worse

Updated by David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com A carbon-free, autonomous car is still a car; it still takes up space. After decades of relative stagnation, the world of transportation is on the cusp of multiple revolutions. The biggest three: Electrification:a shift from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs) Automation:a shift from human-piloted vehicles to automated vehicles […]

California Public Utility Commission says non-utility suppliers could serve 85% of load by mid-2020s

by Robert Walton, Utility Dive Dive Brief: A new report from the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission predicts the “unprecedented change” taking place on the state’s electric grid could leave traditional utilities supplying retail electric service to a scant few customers by middle of the next decade. Rooftop solar, community choice […]

Oil platforms as part of large-scale North Sea renewable energy generation

by Rogier van Rooij, Cleantechnica The more than 1400 oil and gas platforms currently located in the North Sea might eventually be used to fight the problem they helped to create: unsustainable energy generation. By revamping these installation, they could become part of the energy revolution as hydrogen production and storage facilities. Multiple organization, including […]

Virginia governor signs 11 energy bills, including solar, energy storage and pumped hydro

by Danielle Ola, PV Tech Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed 11 bills earlier this week that promote solar and other renewable energy resources such as pumped hydro. The bills include proposals for establishing a community solar pilot project, include energy storage in the mission of the state solar development authority and increase the size of clean […]

New York threatens to spoil Trump’s push for fossil fuels

by Stephen Cunningham, Bloomberg Forget the climate warriors of California. The state best positioned to spoil Donald Trump’s plan to unleash America’s fossil-fuel resources may be New York. In the past year, New York regulators have blocked two major natural gas pipelines — a $455 million proposal by National Fuel Gas Co. and a $925 million one from Williams Partners […]

The crazy scale of human carbon emission

by Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American Want some perspective on how much carbon dioxide human activity produces? Here it is Credit: Reid Wiseman NASA A major question in astrobiology is how we’ll measure and interpret the atmospheric composition of any Earth-analog worlds we find out among the exoplanets. We pretty much know the technical requirements: big telescopes, excellent […]