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Less Oil, More Biofuels

August 1 -- Jason Bordoff and Robert McNally make some good points about the challenges facing our biofuels policy in their July 26 column ("Well-intentioned but flawed, U.S. biofuel policy in need of change"), but take a step too far in calling for Congress to change the Renewable Fuel Standard. EPA has the flexibility it needs to address the near-term challenges, and legislative changes will delay progress without fixing anything. Fact is, the RFS is working—just this week we got news that two new facilities in Florida and Mississippi are producing commercial quantities of truly advanced, non-food cellulosic biofuel, and more will soon follow. >>View Article

Drill For Energy? Yes, For More Geothermal

August 1 -- The age of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about how hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun. Even assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in the lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so cheap and for the time being, plentiful? The answer is multifaceted, but we will focus on two reasons: cost and greenhouse gas emissions. >>View Article

Economic (Not Environmental) Factors Are Pushing EV Manufacturing

August 1 -- Job creation and economic opportunity (not environmental concerns) are the primary drivers of the big electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing push being taken by many industrialized nations, according to a recent study from Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Environmental Affairs and the University of Kansas. >>View Article

Solar Power Gains Ground In Iowa

July 31 -- Solar power is gaining ground around the world at "record pace," and a growing number of Iowans are also looking to convert their homes and businesses to the alternative energy, according to Bill Haman, industrial program manager for the Iowa Energy Center. >>View Article

Speed Up Air Pollution Reduction

July 31 -- Climate change is a global scourge that requires action by everyone. American efforts to protect the planet are particularly vital to prevent the worst impacts. What most people don’t realize, however, is that these efforts will be implemented by the states -- and that could be a very good thing. >>View Article

The Promise Of Utility 2.0

July 31 -- For those of us in Maryland who have suffered from unacceptable electric utility service — and that is most of us — there is light at the end of the tunnel. Utility executives, think tanks and energy experts all agree: There is a utility revolution coming. >>View Article


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