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Topic: Alternative Energy

A gas field in Lost Hills, California, where fracking occurs.

Utilities Are Threatening to Deny Service If Pro-Gas Measures Aren't Adopted

National Grid sent many New York customers an email encouraging them to contact state officials in support of pipeline construction or risk shortages.

A dam breached in India's western Maharashtra state on July 3rd, 2019.

The Largest Dam Ever Built in India Could Cause More Harm Than Good

The government-backed project is aimed at preventing flooding in downstream areas but the possible environmental impact on local communities could outweigh the dam's benefits.

A tourist and her daughter wearing masks visit Tiananmen Square at dangerous levels of air pollution on January 23rd, 2013, in Beijing, China.

Does Air Pollution Undermine Solar Energy?

A new study shows that poor air quality has reduced the amount of sunlight reaching China's solar installations, undermining the country's renewable energy efforts.

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee announces his run for the 2020 presidency at A & R Solar on March 1st, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.

Jay Inslee's Latest Climate Proposal Goes Much Farther Than His Challenger's Plans

Ahead of the Democratic debates, Washington Governor Jay Inslee releases another slew of climate policies targeting fossil fuel production.

Wind turbines.

Are There Potential Downsides of Going to 100 Percent Renewable Energy?

A new study looks at the danger to biodiversity that could come from increased mining of minerals used to create batteries for renewable energy technologies.

A coal truck transports coal in Price, Utah.

Trump's New Clean Energy Rule Is a Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Coal Industry

The Trump administration's replacement for Obama's signature climate rule is meant to be a lifeline for the nation's coal-fired power plants, but it may be too late.

An oil rig in a corn field.

The Oil Industry and Environmentalists Form an Odd Alliance Against Trump on Ethanol

It could be years before farmers see any gains from the rollback of E15 restrictions—or before oil interests and environmental groups see any losses.

Carbon emissions.

Here's How the Oil Industry Plans to Solve Climate Change

The fossil fuel industry is pushing lawmakers to implement a tax on carbon emissions, but environmentalists are skeptical of its newfound support for climate action.

Disney character topiaries are on display at Disney World's Epcot in Orlando, Florida.

Could Disney World Build Its Own Nuclear Reactor?

Florida law allows the company to do it, but it seems highly unlikely that the company would ever go through with such a project.

Wind turbines.

How Utilities Stall Progress on Alternative Energy

A new report from the Environmental Working Group claims that Duke Energy, the nation's largest utility, is holding back the transition away from fossil fuels.

An offshore oil rig is pictured at sunset.

Why Is Trump So Committed to Offshore Drilling?

It's politically unpopular and mostly unnecessary to match our energy needs. But the president remains adamant about expanding oceanic oil and gas exploration.

The Chevron logo is displayed at a Chevron station in Greenbrae, California.

Trump's Tax Plan Provided Massive Tax Breaks to the Oil Industry

A new report highlights the tax benefits of 60 of the largest American corporations.

Beto O'Rourke

Can Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies Pay for Beto O'Rourke's Climate Plan?

The Democratic candidate's first policy proposal calls for an end to tax breaks for the fossil fuel industry.

Steam and smoke from waste coal and stone rises after being dumped next to an unauthorized steel factory.

Citizens in Countries Where China Is Making Big Investments in Coal Prefer Renewables

A new multi-country survey found that there is little public support for coal projects in key countries for China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative.

Two Perseid meteors streak across the sky on August 13th, 2015, in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Nevada.

Opioids, Renewable Energy, and Fireballs: Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

Doctors are caught in an illicit opioid scheme, Washington State moves toward renewable energy, and a fireball lights up the Mid-Atlantic.

President Donald Trump looks at a defense sales chart with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20th, 2018.

Why Is President Trump Attempting to Build Saudi Arabia's Nuclear Energy Program?

A global energy policy expert explains why one of the most oil-rich countries in the world is investing in nuclear and why Congress is concerned.

Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, on March 28th, 1979, the day of the site's partial meltdown.

A Majority of Americans Oppose Nuclear Power. How Does Nuclear 'Dread' Affect Their Perceptions?

A new study finds that the public is more supportive of nuclear power when looking only at numbers about calculated risk—without knowing it's nuclear power they're dealing with.

A worker installs solar panels containing photovoltaic cells.

How Battery-Based Storage Systems Are Leading More Germans to Opt for Solar Power

The budding popularity of solar panel and battery systems, driven by a drop in lithium-ion battery prices, has thrown a lifeline to Germany's moribund solar sector.

Electric energy generating wind turbines are seen on a wind farm in the San Gorgonio Pass area on Earth Day, April 22nd, 2016, near Palm Springs, California. San Gorgonio Pass is one of the largest wind farm areas in the United States.

Wind Turbines Do Not Cause Cancer

But pollution from the fossil fuel industry does.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and and Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) speak on the Green New Deal.

What's Next for the Green New Deal?

Republicans in Congress have criticized progressives' Green New Deal as an impractical, ludicrous, or even dangerous plan. What are they offering in its place?

Nuclear power plant

Could Climate Change Save the United States' Nuclear Energy Industry?

The Three Mile Island partial meltdown led the U.S. away from nuclear. Global warming might bring it back.

Cheeseburgers are seen during a picnic for military families hosted by President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the White House on July 4th, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

Democrats Are Not Trying to Take Away Your Hamburgers

The Green New Deal's advocates may not be coming down on meat, but if they did, they wouldn't be the first.