A Bright Future for Renewable Energy

During the preceding decade, adoption of renewable technologies experienced rapid growth. This advancement is in response to new technologies, available energy storage, policy changes, and greater investment in renewable sources. Renewables, solar and wind power especially, have far surpassed coal and natural gas in industry growth. According to an article in the Washington Post, energy […]
a worker sprays water in the switchyard area of the under- construction coal-fired power plant, partially financed by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, in Kudgi, India. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Japan uses climate cash for coal plants in India, Bangladesh

Despite mounting protests, Japan continues to finance the building of coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting climate change, with two new projects underway in India and Bangladesh.
Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources plunges the snow depth survey pole into the snowpack he conducts the snow survey near Echo Summit, Calif., Tuesday March 3,  2015. The third snow survey of the season showed the snow pack to be .9 inches deep with a water content of 6.9 inches, which is 5 percent of normal for this site at this time of year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California first to feel hydro-power crunch of drought

Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada stands at 12 percent of average. Energy officials say that means less melting snow throughout the year to run the turbines at dams.
(Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg)

Seventh SC coastal town on record against offshore drilling

Opponents of offshore drilling worry that spills could hurt the environment and the important coastal tourism industry.
Clean up crews use an absorbent boom to collect oil from along side the Yellowstone River in Laurel, Mont., Monday July 4, 2011. An Exxon Mobil pipeline near Laurel ruptured, spilling crude oil into the Yellowstone. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

Exxon finishes $1.3 million in work from 2011 Montana spill

The Texas oil giant paid for emergency training for local responders, fisheries improvement projects on the river and new leak detection equipment for the state.
(Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Obama orders 40 percent cut in government’s greenhouse gases

Obama’s executive order also directs the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30 percent of the federal government’s consumption.
The EPA heard radically different views as it opened public hearings in Denver on its proposal to slash allowable methane emissions from oil and gas production. (Lucas Schifres/Bloomberg)

Report: Oil and gas on public lands a ‘blind spot’ in climate fight

The report pinpoints rising methane emissions from oil and gas wells on public lands and waters as a significant share of the heat-trapping gases tied to all energy development nationwide.
(AP Photo/Log Cabin Democrat, Courtney Spradlin)

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit targeting Exxon over Arkansas oil spill

It’s unknown whether the plaintiffs plan to appeal.
President Barack Obama and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks at the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Jewell outlines administration’s plans for energy on public lands

Public lands should play a role in both energy development and environmental protection, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Tuesday.
(AP file photo)

Improperly disposed radioactive oil field waste found in North Dakota

Officials on Thursday said up to 100 filter socks were found in a property in within the city limits of Williston. The socks are the nets that strain liquids in the oil production process.