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Senate Energy Bill Better than Doing Nothing

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

Today the Senate is expected to pass the Energy Policy and Modernization Act. From a clean energy standpoint the bill still falls far short of what is needed to promote more clean energy deployment. But there’s a lot to like in this bill and passing it is definitely better than doing nothing. Almost as important as the substance is the bipartisan way the bill was developed—proving you can still make progress on energy policy, albeit modest, in a Republican-controlled Senate. Read more >

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New Analysis: Renewables and Efficiency Key to Economic and Public Health Benefits in Michigan

, energy analyst

A new UCS analysis released today shows that strengthening Michigan’s commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency will drive billions in capital investments in the state, reduce carbon emissions, and lead to significant public health benefits through avoided emissions of harmful air pollutants. Read more >

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The Last 3 Months Were the Warmest on Record…

, climate scientist

Looking for the three warmest months on record?  Well, the first three of 2016 have arrived… Read more >

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What Do Fetal Tissue and Climate Have in Common? Silencing of Science and Scientists

, senior analyst and program manager, Center for Science and Democracy

Taking a page from the House Science Committee chairman’s harassment of NOAA scientists, the majority staff of a special ‘House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives’ recently issued more than a dozen subpoenas to medical organizations to turn in, among other documents, all communication and documents relating to any study involving any fetal tissue (emphasis added). Read more >

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The Best Way to Fail: Smart Charging vs. Everything Else

, Kendall Science Fellow

I look at “smart charging” of electric vehicles as a means to provide several grid services, including managing the short-term variations in renewable energy supply. However, other competing solutions for grid integration of solar power could be even cheaper. This would be a good problem to have. Read more >

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