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3 Reasons Why Federal Energy R&D is a Wise Investment

, senior energy analyst

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will head into confirmation hearings in the next few days to become the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). A colleague of mine penned a great piece about what we might expect from Perry as head of the DOE. One key thing to highlight is that the DOE is responsible for investments in research and development (R&D), particularly related to energy. In an era where Congress is looking to trim federal spending, they should keep in mind that investments in energy R&D are a wise and proper use of limited federal government resources. Here’s why. Read more >

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Can Trump Revive the Coal Industry? Lessons from the Petra Nova and Kemper Projects

, director of energy research, Clean Energy

During the campaign, President-elect Trump promised to revive the coal industry.  As others have reported, gutting EPA regulations designed to protect public health and the climate will have little impact in reviving the industry since the recent decline in burning coal to generate electricity is primarily due to low natural gas prices and cost reductions for wind and solar power. Ironically, rolling back regulations on the oil and natural gas industry would likely make it even more difficult for coal to compete economically. Read more >

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Rick Perry and the “Texas Approach” to Renewable Energy and Infrastructure

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

Rick Perry—Trump’s pick for the Department of Energy—saw how infrastructure can impact energy development when he was governor of Texas.
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The Truth About Pruitt’s EPA Lawsuits is Even Worse Than You Might Think

, president

One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water, and climate regulations, rather than suing polluters in his own state of Oklahoma.

This alone ought to provide ample grounds for rejecting his nomination. But a closer look at these lawsuits and the legal arguments Pruitt has advanced (or signed onto) tells an even more disturbing story. Read more >

Photo: Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA (Flickr)
Photo: Peggy Davis/CC-BY SA (Flickr)
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Nine Questions for Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump’s Pick to Lead the Interior Department

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke will begin Senate confirmation hearings today for the post of Secretary of Interior in Donald Trump’s cabinet. As Secretary, he would oversee America’s 500 million acres of public lands, including the National Park System. Read more >

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