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To many Americans, energy security might seem a vague, quasi-utopian concept—along the lines of “paying off the national debt.” But for the U.S. military, finding new ways to deploy renewable energy as quickly as possible is about more than saving money at the pump or cutting emissions. According to The New York Times, top Pentagon […]

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The White House and leading Democrats in the Senate have abandoned all efforts to pass comprehensive climate legislation this year. Senate leaders are said to be drafting a pared down energy bill that would create a handful of new incentives and programs but do nothing to cap greenhouse gas emissions. Highlights of the limited bill […]

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Billionaire oil man turned energy independence activist T. Boone Pickens has lately been doing the cable news talk show rounds again, trying put a little wind back into the sails of his flagging Pickens Plan. The alternative energy scheme would seek to replace gasoline with compressed natural gas, which generates 30 percent less emissions and […]

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On Friday, the White House took another step towards increasing the efficiency of American vehicles and offering support for electric-drive vehicles. Is it a coincidence that this new drive for vehicle efficiency comes as the impact of the Gulf oil spill reaches disastrous proportions? No way. “The disaster in the Gulf only underscores that even […]

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A mix of electric cars, natural gas and offshore drilling. Can it pass? If the American Power Act becomes law, it could mean a whole new round of subsidies and tax credits for green cars, and aggressive cuts to emissions. The bill would aim to gradually slash greenhouse gas emissions by at least 4.75 percent […]

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The ethanol lobby has been extremely successful over the course of the last decade in growing the industry into one of Washington’s favorite pet projects. A reported 76 percent of each dollar in subsidies to renewable energies is allocated to ethanol, including $5 billion in annual tax credits. Auto companies historically have been supportive of […]

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If you’re mad about the spill, think about what you’re driving. The devastating oil spill in the Gulf Coast will embolden green transportation advocates to push harder for change—from fuel-efficient cars to public transportation and bicycle use. But that change won’t happen until drivers make a fundamental connection between their oil use, oil spills, and […]

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Nine days after an explosion killed 11 workers on an offshore drilling platform and sent thousands of gallons of crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the first of that oil began to wash ashore late Thursday night. As Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and Washington stepped up its involvement […]

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An oil spill brought on by the collapse of an offshore drilling platform is now in its fourth day, as an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil continue to pour into the Gulf of Mexico every 24 hours. Though initially thought to be contained, the spill now covers more than 1,800 square miles, and some reports […]

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With health care reform finally in tow, the Obama administration has shifted its focus to passing long-awaited energy and finance reform bills before the end of the legislative year. Yesterday, Obama proposed an end to the offshore drilling moratorium that he so staunchly defended as a candidate—even in the face of record gas prices and […]

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