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King Coal’s Stages of Grief: Acceptance Reaches the Coalfields

, senior energy analyst

In the last few weeks, statements from elected officials in West Virginia highlighted the urgent need for economic diversification in the coalfields. It led me to wonder, has acceptance of the reality of this energy transition finally reached the coalfields? Read more >

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Cutting Carbon: The Central Planner Fallacy

, Kendall Science Fellow

The need for steep cuts in carbon emissions is established law. How do we achieve those cuts? Read more >

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Wind Power Soars to New Heights, One Megawatt at a Time

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The 2015 wind power results are just in, and the news is worth celebrating: strong performance over the course of the year, a great finish, and lots more to come. What struck me most about the impressive fourth quarter results alone—5,001 new megawatts—was that final digit, the 1. It’s a reminder that, when it comes to wind, each megawatt counts, and that it all adds up to real progress. Read more >

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Oil and Gas: What We Know is Concerning, but What We Don’t is Worse

, UCS Science Network

The U.S. continues to promote and extract domestic oil and gas, even when the market is flooded with this product. Why? Because the collective “we” demands it. Read more >

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5 Things Governor Baker Got Right About Energy in Massachusetts (and 1 Thing He Missed)

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Governor Charlie Baker gave his first annual State of the Commonwealth address last night, and energy was the first item on his to-do list: solar, wind, hydro, and more. Here are five snippets that highlight things he got (mostly) right, and one other issue he needs to re-think. Read more >

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