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Methane is Really Bad. Our Methane Rules Need To Be Really Good.

, senior fuels engineer

Methane, the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, is a short-lived but extremely powerful greenhouse gas. This is why the Obama administration is moving to curb methane emissions from the largest source of U.S. methane emissions—the oil and gas sector. In August, the EPA proposed methane emission standards for new and modified oil and gas drilling wells. Although this rule is an important and much needed first step, more must be done, including establishing similar standards for existing oil wells, and comprehensively addressing all of the sector’s unnecessary emissions.

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House Science Committee Investigations—Remember Our History

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

This week marks the anniversary of a sad chapter in American history, the beginning of the US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities’ (HUAC) investigative hearings into communism in Hollywood in 1947. That reminder of history is important, because Congressional investigations are an important part of the checks and balances in our democracy. But that doesn’t mean every investigation is fair or warranted. Only a few weeks ago another House of Representatives Committee (Science, Space and Technology) announced that it was opening an investigation—this time concerning a scientist who had the temerity to express his views that fossil fuel companies should be held accountable for climate change. Read more >

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The Clean Power Plan Goes to the Federal Register: Facts vs. Bogus Lawsuits

, lead economist and climate policy manager

Tomorrow the final Clean Power Plan will be published in the Federal Register, which is the official publication of the federal government notifying the public about new regulations and guidance or changes to existing ones. We already know the Clean Power Plan is good for our health and our pocketbooks but that won’t stop naysayers from filing an avalanche of bogus legal challenges to it. Read more >

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5 Takeaways From Algae Week in Washington

, senior fuels engineer

I’ve been interested in algae for many years, since algae are unique and versatile organisms whose biomass can have a wide variety of uses. The prospects for leveraging algae to tackle food security, energy security, complex chemical synthesis and most significantly, climate change, are stimulating billions in investments and making the emerging algae industry very interesting to follow. Read more >

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New State Energy Plan Provides a Road Map for Strong Clean Power Plan Compliance in Missouri

, asst director of research & analysis, Clean Energy

Today, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) is releasing a comprehensive State Energy Plan that lays out a clear pathway for the Show-Me state to accelerate its transition away from coal and toward cleaner, more local power supplies. Read more >

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