Shale gas helping reduce carbon & overall emissions – but by how much?

The results are adding up. It’s hard to ignore how the surging deployment of natural gas for industrial uses and power generation is reducing the growth in U.S. carbon and other harmful emissions and possibly lowering overall emissions. Two recent studies draw from different data sets so one should be careful not to jump to […]

Federal Court’s Upholding EPA on Greenhouse Gases Boosts Opportunity for Hybrids and Power from Renewables and Natural Gas

A federal appeals court has done for natural gas and renewable sources of electricity that no executive branch stimulus package could ever hope to do: raise the bar higher still to justify building another coal-fired power plant in the U.S. The same can be said in favor of hybrid and all-electric passenger cars. Now that […]

FAST FIX: Score a win for Supermodel Elle Macpherson over OK Sen. James Inhofe

The Senate has voted 53-46 to defeat Republican Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe’s bid to halt the U.S. EPA restrictions of mercury and air toxic emissions standards (aka MATS) from coal-fired power plants. While not all, or even most of the credit goes to celebrities such as supermodel Elle Macpherson (photo), it certainly didn’t hurt that […]

Option for reducing reliability risks from retiring U.S. coal-fired power plants: market-based compliance credits

What if there were an incentive to retire dirty, coal-fired power plants in the U.S. years ahead of new mercury and toxic emission standards and compliance dates issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) December 16? Such an incentive could make it profitable for forward-thinking energy utility executives, using tradable credits, to hasten the […]