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Will a Rick Perry DOE Help Limit a Risky Overreliance on Natural Gas?

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Within the next couple of weeks, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will appear before Congress for hearings on his nomination for Secretary of Energy under the Trump administration. Mr. Perry clearly subscribes to an “all of the above” strategy on energy—and that could leave us exposed to serious consumer and environmental risks from an over reliance on natural gas. There is another way: prioritize clean, cost-effective renewable energy. Read more >

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New Study Shows How Solar Can Enhance Grid Reliability

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

President Obama’s publication in Science is just the most recent reiteration of how far we have come with clean energy development in the last decade. The question now is not whether we should transition to cleaner sources of energy, but rather how do we do so in the most reliable and cost-effective way? Read more >

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As governor of Texas, Rick Perry had a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. Photo: Wikimedia

What Will US Energy Leadership Look Like at Rick Perry’s Department of Energy?

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

There’s a clear trend in the president-elect’s cabinet appointments—many of them are opposed to the agencies they would lead. Read more >

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What Electric Vehicle Sales in 2016 Mean for the Future of Transportation

, Kendall Science Fellow

I’m a fan of electric vehicles. What can we expect to happen with them, based on 2016 numbers? Read more >

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Clean energy: More is better Photo: J. Rogers

New Year, New Clean Energy Analysis: New Study Finds Lots of Benefits, Few Costs

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Last year was a tough one in some ways, though a great one for those of us tracking wind and solar progress. Now a new report from two of our nation’s premier national energy laboratories analyzes the power of a lot more strong growth in clean energy sources like those.

What they find is just about everything you could want in smart energy evolution: lots of likely upside, not much downside. Read more >

Credit: J. Rogers
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