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Maryland Next in Line to Develop Offshore Wind Resources

Recently, the Interior Department (DOI) and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced their third auction for offshore wind projects, this time off the cost of Maryland. The area for sale spans roughly 80,000 acres about 10-30 miles offshore from Ocean City with the potential of 850 to 1,450 MW of wind power capacity, […]

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Fuel Cell Vehicles Are On Their Way

Hydrogen-fueled cars are taking another step away from being cars of the future, inching towards a present day that might soon arrive. Just last month, three manufacturers exhibited fuel-cell powered cars at both the LA and Tokyo Auto Shows. Toyota, Honda and Hyundai all unveiled new fuel-cell vehicles (FCV). John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai […]

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Report: 90 Companies Responsible for Two-Thirds of Greenhouse Emissions

The public debate on fossil fuel emissions is often based on unfounded assumptions about where pollution originates. A recent report from the Climate Accountability Institute, featuring research by Richard Heede of Climate Mitigation Services, is injecting some new facts into the debate, and some of them are surprising.

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Carbon Tax: The Most Effective Way to Cut Deficit

There is little that conservatives dislike more than the budget deficit. Too bad then, that they overwhelmingly don’t believe that human activity has anything to do with the destabilization of the climate. Nor do they want to take any action to challenge the fossil fuel industries’ stranglehold on our energy supply. A recent study by […]

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Big Oil Fights Obsolescence on Multiple Fronts

Let’s make no bones about it: The fossil fuel industry recognizes that major forces at play – namely the onset and rapid deployment of renewable and other alternative energy sources – pose an existential threat. This enormously powerful industry is using all the weapons at its disposal and battling on several fronts.

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Domestic Fuel Boom Could Become a Bursting Bubble

When you have a hot product that people are buying lots of, you want to try and sell as much as you can while the getting is good. That is clearly the case with natural gas right now, which at historically low prices is enjoying unprecedented success. No wonder then that suppliers are trying to […]

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Flow Batteries Overcome Hurdles in Utility Scale Storage Race

Clearly, as we make our way towards a renewable energy future in which we’ll be taking advantage of these free inexhaustible sources, we’ll need to solve the energy storage problem with a cost effective solution. It’s anybody’s guess at this point as to which horse will win that race. The finish line, at least for […]

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Electric Vehicles are Beginning to Get Traction

“The times they are a-changing.” So said Bob Dylan back in 1964, at what was only the beginning of an era of change that, almost 50 years later, is apparently just getting warmed up. Last year’s novelties are next year’s certainties. That certainly seems to be the case with electric vehicles. After a false start […]

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Is There a Link Between Fracking and Earthquakes?

The U.S. has been experiencing a domestic fossil fuel boom. Natural gas withdrawals have grown by 23 percent since 2000 – that’s an increase of 5.6 million cubic feet per year. Domestic oil production is up a similar percentage since 2007, largely because of advances in technology.