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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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That’s Not How Commerce Works—U.S. Chamber Wrong (Again) in New Clean Power Plan Report

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Some sales efforts work from a false starting point. Some try to lead the gullible consumer by pretending to share an insider’s secret with them. Some fall back on old slogans. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has employed all three of these tactics in its latest attack on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Read more >

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It’s The Largest Methane Leak in U.S. History. Who’s Responsible?

, senior fuels engineer

Perhaps the only thing growing as fast as the Powerball Jackpot this week is the liability that Southern California Gas Company faces for its massive natural gas leak discovered last October. The leak’s three month anniversary, on January 23rd, is expected to pass without any resolution, and current estimates are that it will not be stopped until at least March 2016. We know the leak has very negative implications for the climate—so what is happening to hold the company accountable for its impacts? Read more >

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Virginia Coastal Protection Act: New UCS Analysis Highlights Opportunity for Carbon Revenue

, senior energy analyst

Update (February 8, 2016): The analysis has been updated using the most up-to-date Renewable Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Learn more.


 

Virginia’s General Assembly has just started a whirlwind two-month session, and will be considering significant legislation that would help the state raise revenues from a carbon trading program, to be used for investments in coastal resilience, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and economic development. Today UCS released an analysis that finds that Virginia could generate an average of $251 million annually by participating in a similar carbon trading program. Read more >

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