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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Unions and environmentalists have found one point of agreement in the bitter debate over the natural gas drilling boom: fixing leaky old pipelines that threaten public health and the environment. The huge national effort could cost $82 billion.
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 3, 2013--The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the expansion of the President’s Better Buildings Challenge to include multifamily housing. DOE and HUD recognize the energy efficiency commitment that The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB), a nonprofit leader in mixed-income multifamily housing, is making as a Better Buildings Challenge Partner.
NEW YORK (AP) — Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes (payz) will succeed New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as head of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
We have heard that climate change and, in particular, global warming may have a variety of impacts to the earths inhabitants. Some of the ramifications suggested are impacts on hurricane strength, droughts, wild fire seasons, thunderstorm strength and other more slow to notice effects like changes in the growing seasons. But now researchers are suggesting that one of earths inhabitants will thrive in the new warmer world.
SARASOTA, FL - A new scientific study says that 316 U.S. coastal cities will be underwater unless there is a dramatic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
Making a few small changes in your home and yard can reduce greenhouse gases and save you money. Explore our list of 10 simple steps you can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
Reducing the environmental impacts of your energy use is easy and can be done by making good energy decisions.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters and opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas are each finding some reason for optimism in President Barack Obama's comments today about the standard that should be applied in approving or rejecting the project.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project from Canada to Texas should only be approved if it doesn't worsen carbon pollution.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says carbon pollution limits need to be set on U.S. power plants in order to curb global warming.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Power plants dump 'unlimited' carbon pollution into the air, says that needs to stop.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is taking climate change efforts into his own hands, proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to announce new steps to combat climate change, including increased production of renewable energy on public lands and federally assisted housing.
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun 24, 2013--Today the National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) fired up the engines on its first and only alternative fueled lawn mowers through a donation from the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Each of the six propane-fueled Exmark Lazer Z S-Series lawn mowers will reduce greenhouse gas emissions on the Mall by 50 percent per mower.
WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a major fall-off in carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution from coal-fired electric power plants of 13.1 percent between 2005 and 2012, the first quarter of 2013 has seen a substantial jump in carbon dioxide emissions from coal, a 7.1 percent increase in the first three months of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to a new Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) analysis of recent data from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The drop in carbon dioxide emissions between 2005 and 2012 is due in large part to greater reliance on natural gas, the rapid development of wind energy, moderate demand, and the closure of aging coal plants to avoid pollution control requirements.
Global warming emissions from coal-based electricity are projected to continue to increase throughout 2013, as rising natural gas prices encourage more use of coal. The latest projections from the EIA indicate that coal-based generation will increase 8.7 percent this year compared to last, although it is not expected to return to the peak levels of 5 to 10 years ago.
Available online at http://www.environmentalintegrity.org, the EIP report also highlights the five states and power plants that were the worst offenders when it came to CO2 emissions in 2012. Texas emitted the most tons of CO2 in 2012 from its coal-based electricity generation: 251 million tons, virtually unchanged from 2005, and more than twice the amount emitted by electric generators in any other single state. The second worst offender was Florida, followed by Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio. These five states accounted for nearly a third of total CO2 emissions from power plants in the U.S. last year.
Environmental Integrity Project Director Eric Schaeffer said: As natural gas gets more expensive, coal is finding its way back into the U.S. electricity generation picture, and that means higher carbon dioxide emissions. Although power companies plan to retire 45 gigawatts of coal capacity through 2016 due to low natural gas prices, the increased availability of renewables, moderate demand, and the cost of complying with long delayed Clean Air Act rules, a change in just one of those factors (natural gas prices) can encourage plant operators to squeeze more generation out of remaining coal plants."
The Energy Information Administration projects that natural gas prices will increase about 34 percent above 2012 levels while prices for coal remain flat, making it attractive to power companies with the capacity to switch to cheaper fuels.
Additional highlights of the EIP report include the following:
Schaeffer added: "Natural gas releases about half as much carbon dioxide as coal when burned for electricity, but its price can swing widely and that volatility encourages companies to hang on to dirty and inefficient coal plants. It is time for states who have been slow to embrace energy efficiency or no-carbon renewables like wind and solar to step up if we want to decrease global warming emissions in the long term."
Additional state-specific findings in the report include the following:
Emissions data was obtained from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Air Markets Program Database, while net generation data was obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's latest reports.
The Environmental Integrity Project (http://www.environmentalintegrity.org) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established in March of 2002 by former EPA enforcement attorneys to advocate for effective enforcement of environmental laws. EIP has three goals: 1) to provide objective analyses of how the failure to enforce or implement environmental laws increases pollution and affects public health; 2) to hold federal and state agencies, as well as individual corporations, accountable for failing to enforce or comply with environmental laws; and 3) to help local communities obtain the protection of environmental laws.
SOURCE Environmental Integrity Project, Washington, DC
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dramatically lowered estimates of how much of a potent greenhouse gas is being leaked by the natural gas industry despite rapid growth in production.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency again is raising objections to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Berkshire Hathaway shareholders will get another chance to require the company's utilities to set goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 6, 2013--At the NTEA Work Truck Show today, DISH unveiled the first of 200 ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas-fueled Ford E-250 cargo vans that will enter the company’s fleet in 2013. The satellite-TV company estimates these new propane autogas-powered vehicles will lower carbon dioxide emissions by 12.5 million pounds over the lifetime of the fleet’s operation compared to gas-powered counterparts.
SPOKANE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 5, 2013--The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Ecova ―the total energy and sustainability management company―with a 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for its continued leadership in protecting our environment through superior energy efficiency. Ecova’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Energy Department favors an all-of-the-above approach that includes natural gas as a "bridge fuel" to help the country develop clean energy.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama did some cherry-picking Tuesday night in defense of his record on jobs and laid out a conditional path to citizenship for illegal immigrants that may be less onerous than he made it sound.
(NAPSI)—If your lawn mower is more than 10 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. In the past decade, engineering advances have produced gas-powered lawn mowers that run cleaner, start easier and are more fuel efficient than ever before, while providing a variety of options that make yard care easier.
(NAPSI)—A growing number of consumers are getting the picture when it comes to energy and their cable box.
(ARA) - Now more than ever, car buyers are focused on fuel efficiency. At the same time, they have demonstrated no desire to sacrifice performance, safety and style.