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Obama’s New Carbon Rules: What Price Regulation?

Coal-fired power plant
by Bill Chameides
Jun 9, 2014

Can good economic times roll while carbon emissions decline? Maybe so.

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Obama’s New Carbon Emissions Rule: Drumroll Please…

Today's bold, game-changing announcement to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants marks the latest step in a march toward climate-change action. One hopes. (iStockphoto/nelik)
by Bill Chameides
Jun 2, 2014

An historic event or an historic trend?

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States of Denial: We Don’t Need No Climate Education

Given the flagging rank of American students in science and math, updated science standards would seem to be a good idea. But some are trying to block this progress. (iStockphoto/clearstockconcepts)
by Bill Chameides
May 21, 2014

Our story of the cozy partnership between political leaders and the fossil fuel industry moves to Wyoming where the state has moved to block efforts to modernize the science curriculum taught in our nation’s schools.

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States of Denial: We Don’t Need No Fracking Info

Should the ingredients in fracking fluid be proprietary information? Or essential disclosure to ensure safe drinking water supplies? (iStockphoto)
by Bill Chameides
May 20, 2014

Oil and gas interests trump truth for many state legislators. The first of a two-part series.

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Energy Inefficiency: Congress Spins Wheels Until Bill Dies

The Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill that had had wide support from both sides of the aisle failed  to get the 60 votes needed  to bring it to a final vote. (Flickr/Ron Cogswell)
by Bill Chameides
May 13, 2014

As we (and many others) predicted last week, the latest effort at crafting cogent energy policy was much ado about nothing.

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Climate Change Chatter: Science and Politics

Sen. Marco Rubio
by Bill Chameides
May 12, 2014

When climate chatter occurs amid presidential chatter.

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The Senate Takes on America’s Energy Future: On Pipelines, Posturing and Politics

by Bill Chameides
May 7, 2014

“Fair is foul and foul is fair,” it is said. Which is which in a proposed Senatorial horse-trade — a Keystone Xl pipeline in return for energy efficiency.

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Following the Money: Energy Dollars Hard at Work on Capitol Hill

Energy Lobbying Dollars
by Bill Chameides
May 1, 2014

Is the alternative energy industry losing the influence-peddling war to fossil fuels?

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A Tale of Two Air Quality Programs: China vs. the U.S.

Air Pollution
by Bill Chameides
Apr 2, 2014

Air quality benefits can come in baby steps or huge leaps.

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Coal Ash Ponds: How Power Companies Get a ‘Bypass’ on Regulations Against Pollution

Duke Energy coal ash pond
by Bill Chameides
Mar 24, 2014

Accidental pollution? Sure, s**t happens. But what about intentional pollution?

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