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Pruitt’s War on the Planet and the EPA—and What Congress Can Do About It

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Thus far, he hasn’t had to account for his actions—but a moment of accountability is nearing. Read more >

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Which States are Most Energy-Efficient? Here are the Latest Results

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Autumn makes me think of leaves colored orange and amber and red, of the smell of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting from a range of desserts… and of states vying for top honors in the annual state ranking of energy efficiency policies and progress.

The leaves are mostly done, and the desserts are in my belly. But the latest ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is out and available, and ready for sampling. It’s always a beautiful sight and a tasty treat. Read more >

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I’m About to Testify at the EPA. Here’s What I Have to Say….

, senior energy analyst

These days it feels like facts don’t matter—and that’s very disturbing to a scientist like me. So, just for the record, allow me to state some things that are true and obvious, but seem to have been forgotten in the rhetoric around these issues. Read more >

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Always in “Hot Water”

Charles Coutant, , UCS

My wife likes to joke that I am always in “hot water.” It’s a play on words that reflects my career from college, at two National Laboratories and now in retirement.

America’s National Laboratories are hotbeds of scientific research directed at meeting national needs. In my case, working at two national labs helped me contribute to resolving growing issues of environmental impacts of energy technologies—thermal electric generating stations, in particular on aquatic life of rivers, lakes and coastal waters.

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Coal-burning Dynegy Wants a Handout. Will Illinois Give It to Them?

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

Last week marked the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s 2017 veto session. Fortunately, Dynegy failed in its latest attempt to have the legislature bail out several of its coal plants in central and southern Illinois at the expense of local ratepayers. Read more >

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