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Reliability Prescription for States for Cutting Carbon Pollution: Plan Ahead, Plan Together

John Moore
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The Clean Power Plan requires states to take grid reliability into account when developing their compliance plans. What does this mean? New guidance from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), the organization which oversees the reliability of the North...continued

Bacigalupi's The Water Knife Cuts to the Core on Climate Change

Joel Scata
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A yellow Tesla rockets across the dusty tarmac, bisecting a sunbaked wasteland. Angel Velasquez stares out from behind tinted sunglasses, surveying the landscape, approaching a hollowed-out, crime-ridden city that is on the verge of its last breath. Phoenix, Arizona...continued | comments

Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Won't Stop Future Drinking Water Disasters

Mae Wu
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When I started writing on Switchboard more than six years ago, my first post was about testing for lead in my home and buying a water filter. Maybe it was because Washington, D.C. had a lead in drinking water crisis...continued | comments (1)

New York's First Emissions Regulations for Distributed Generation Will Slash Diesel Pollution

Miles Farmer
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This post was co-authored by Miles Farmer and Jackson Morris. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is soliciting comments on its newly proposed emissions regulations for distributed generators. The regulations (which have been wallowing in administrative purgatory...continued

STUDY: Oil Industry Triggers California Earthquakes

Giulia C.S. Good Stefani
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The oil industry must now admit that its actions could cause earthquakes in California. A study published by the American Geophysical Union this week found that a swarm of earthquakes that occurred in Kern County in 2005 was almost certainly...continued | comments (1)

Latin America Green News: rising temperatures affect Mexico's crop production, Ecuador feels impacts of climate change, Chile to build innovative solar hydropower plant

Maria Martinez
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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. To get the weekly Latin America Green News blog delivered directly to your email, subscribe here. January 30th - February 5th,...continued | comments (1)

Seattle's pioneering RainWise stormwater-pollution prevention program just got even better

Alisa Valderrama
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The Rainwise program, run jointly by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD), empowers homeowners and other private property owners to help stop the region's largest source of water pollution: polluted runoff and specifically the sewer...continued | comments (2)

Proposing an Overdue Oil and Climate Security Fee

Deron Lovaas
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The President just proposed a 21st Century Clean Transportation Initiative loaded with interesting policy, the most attention-grabbing of which is a $10-per-barrel oil fee to be phased in over 5 years. The revenue from it (about $30 billion a year...continued | comments (2)

California Leads on Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas Operations

Briana Mordick
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California took a big step forward to reduce emissions of potent, heat-trapping methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. Joining states like Wyoming, Colorado, and Pennsylvania, California is proposing strong but sensible rules to control methane across the oil...continued | comments

Using Big Data to Help Solve the Big Building Energy Problem

Shelley Poticha
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Big Data isn't just an impressive show of new technology, it's a way to solve problems. In fact, quantitative analysis in the digital age - done in a scientific way to build objective evidence - has been called the best...continued | comments

More drinking water contamination linked to the oil and gas industry in Texas and Pennsylvania

Amy Mall
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Two recent drinking water investigations in Texas show dangerous levels of contamination. The larger study tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in the north Texas Barnett Shale region over a three-year period and found that...continued | comments (1)

Amazingly Good Energy News Reaffirmed

Ralph Cavanagh
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In each of the last three years, NRDC has compiled extensive evidence of an accelerating clean energy transition across the United States. Bloomberg's New Energy Finance (NEF) weighed in this week with its own Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, which...continued

EPSA Decision: Great for Demand Response and Nothing for States to Fear

Miles Farmer
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This post is co-authored by Miles Farmer and Allison Clements. There were many cheers over last week's Supreme Court decision in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission v. Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) (including our own, as amici in the case) because...continued

EPA's Model Trading Rule Should Draw a Line at the Forest

Sami Yassa
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In August, the EPA issued its landmark Clean Power Plan (CPP) aimed at reducing emissions from stationary sources of power, including plants that burn biomass to produce electricity. This sets in motion a three-year period for individual states to prepare...continued | comments

Save Our Arctic and Atlantic Waters Now

Rhea Suh
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Today we delivered more than 2 million petitions to the White House urging President Obama to permanently put our Arctic and Atlantic coasts off-limits to oil and gas drilling. This week, NRDC and our environmental partners called on President Obama...continued | comments

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