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Earth to API—It’s 2016 (not 1916) and “Energy Voters” Want Renewables

, senior fuels engineer

Recent commercials funded by the American Petroleum Institute suggest expanded fossil fuel development will benefit “our children and our grandchildren”—an untruth that won’t work forever. Read more >

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President Obama’s Final State of the Union: What to Expect, and What to Hope For

, director of strategy & policy

In his final State of the Union speech tomorrow night, President Obama will certainly have a lot to say about the economy, terrorism, gun control, and health care. But he is also likely to address climate change, energy, and other issues that UCS works on more directly. Here’s a look on what he’s likely to say on these issues, as well as some things he should say about them, but may not.

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American Petroleum Institute Regresses with All Fossils, All the Time Plan

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The oil lobbying group’s annual report on energy in the U.S. is out, and it’s a step backwards on climate change. While API’s 2015 State of American Energy report for the first time touted a host of clean energy options, the 2016 one is back to all fossils, all the time. Read more >

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What Is Smart Charging? A Look at How Electric Vehicles Fit In

, Kendall Science Fellow

Can electric vehicles allow the grid to accommodate greater levels of variable renewable energy? That’s what I’m looking to find out. Read more >

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New Report Documents the Overwhelming Benefits of Renewable Energy Standards

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive national assessment confirms what clean energy advocates have argued for years: the benefits from investing in renewable energy far outweigh the costs. Read more >

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