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The sun sets on Paris, where international climate negotiations are set to take place.

The Paris Climate Summit: Our Last, Best Chance to Save the Planet?

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In one week, Paris will host an international summit on climate change. The outcomes are more important than ever before. Read more >

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Coupling Efficiency and Cleaner Energy: Energy Efficiency, Part 3

, Kendall Science Fellow

Energy efficiency can enable the use of cleaner energy resources, but there are some situations in which the interaction is more complex (as I noted earlier.) Let’s take a look at one instance in which they work together well, one instance in which policy alters this relationship, and one area that I’m starting to explore. Read more >

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Star Wars, Concerned Scientists, and the Wisdom of Yoda: The Force Awakens… and It’s About Time

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

I don’t know where the new Star Wars movie is going to take us, what new planets and new races we’ll learn about. It’s pretty clear, though, that their world(s) and ours are connected in a whole lot of ways, and that the wisdom of that galaxy far, far away works just fine right here at home. Read more >

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Flaws in a Mining Industry “Study” of the Clean Power Plan

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Another day, another false study of the costs and benefits of the EPA Clean Power Plan. Read more >

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In Michigan, Renewable Energy and Efficiency Take a Hit in Proposed Legislation

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After years of analysis and public input, months of hearings, and now weeks of political maneuvering, Michigan took a small step towards overhauling its energy policy last week when the House Energy Policy Committee approved its legislative proposal. Unfortunately, “E” for effort doesn’t cut it, and the proposal on the table falls short of what’s best for Michigan. The end result of this proposal would slow development of Michigan’s renewable energy and energy efficiency resources and do little to ensure the state achieves Governor Snyder’s goal of 40 percent of Michigan’s energy demand from renewables and efficiency by 2025. Read more >

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