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Coverage of energy policy since April 4, 2024.

Demand for rare elements used in clean energy could help clean up abandoned coal mines in Appalachia

"...The project is one of the leading efforts by the federal government as it injects more money than ever into recovering rare earth elements to expand renewable energies and fight climate change by reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions..."

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Ottawa should abandon unfeasible and damaging net-zero plan: op-ed

"...According to the Trudeau governments plan, Canada will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, largely by phasing out unabated fossil fuels. But given current technologies, virtually all fossil fuels are unabatedthat is, they generate greenhouse gases when burned. So basically, the plan is to phase-out fossil fuel use, use wind and solar power to power our lives, and transition to electric vehicles..."

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Alberta government criticizing clean electricity targets, incentivizing carbon capture at Global Energy Show

"...Albertas energy policy was centre stage at the Global Energy Show in Calgary on Tuesday..."

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Greenbelt-tarnished Ontario minister reappointed to cabinet

"...Ontario's auditor general revealed that during the Greenbelt land swap process, preferential treatment was given to specific developers who had direct connections to Clark’s chief of staff, Ryan Amato, who was not named in the report. Ford and Clark both told the auditor general they were unaware the land chosen for removal was controlled by Amato. The report revealed the Greenbelt removals were approved without full consideration of environmental and agricultural risks..."

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Republican AGs ask Supreme Court to block climate change lawsuits brought by several states

"...The GOP attorneys contend only the federal government can regulate interstate gas emissions, and states have no power to apply their own laws to a global atmosphere that reaches well beyond their borders. The court filing also contends the climate-related lawsuits could drive up energy costs in other states, including for electricity generated from natural gas..."

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At international energy conference, delegates push to make clean cooking accessible to all

"...The Paris-based International Energy Agency's 9th annual conference on energy efficiency brings together ministers, CEOs and thought leaders from around the world to discuss how to speed up progress on energy efficiency, which experts say can drastically reduce planet-warming emissions. On the agenda is how to deliver affordable clean cooking, which involves using electricity, solar and other solutions instead of more polluting fuels like charcoal, wood and kerosene..."

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DeSantis signs Florida bill making climate change a lesser priority and bans offshore wind turbines

"...The measure, which takes effect July 1, also would boost expansion of natural gas, reduce regulation on gas pipelines and increase protections against bans on gas appliances such as stoves, according to a news release from the governor's office. The Republican governor is casting the bill as a common-sense approach to energy policy..."

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Guest post: Solar plus batteries cheaper than new coal for meeting Chinas rising demand

"...Chinas climate and energy policies present something of a paradox: while expanding clean energy at breakneck speed, China has also been building new coal power plants..."

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Climate change could virtually disappear in Florida

"...TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida, perhaps the most vulnerable state to sea-level rise and extreme weather, is on the verge of repealing what's left of a 16-year-old law that lists climate change as a priority when making energy policy decisions. Instead, the state would make energy affordability and availability its main focus..."

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Billionaire Texas oilman inks deal with Venezuela's state-run oil giant as U.S. sanctions loom

"...LNG Energy Group is a publicly traded company listed in Canada that produces natural gas in Colombia. It was created last year as a result of a merger with a company owned by Rod Lewis, a legendary Texas wildcatter who Forbes Magazine once called the only gringo allowed to drill in Mexico. ”..."

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Deniers and doomers are leading the carbon tax opposition

"...But what about that Parliamentary Budget Office report that concluded the combination of carbon tax payments and “economic costs” of pollution reductions in response to the tax will exceed the rebates by 2030? PBO’s analysis simply ignored corresponding benefits, including subsidy programs for EVs and heat pumps, healthier air and the impact of Canada’s contribution to mitigating climate change. The benefits the PBO ignored are the whole point of the carbon tax — or any other climate policy. Unlike the axe-the-tax camp, the towel-throwers accept overwhelming research that finds carbon taxes work, but they’re weary of the political battle..."

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Kentucky governor vetoes nuclear energy legislation due to the method of selecting board members

"...Beshear said he supports an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes nuclear energy. For generations, coal fueled the state's economy but its dominance has slipped. Supporters of adding nuclear energy to that mix had touted the bill's passage as a pivotal moment for Kentucky's energy future..."

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Ag Policy Connection Ep. 9 What should carry the most weight in deciding how land gets used?

Duration: 50:44

"...There are many priorities that influence how land is used the need for housing and economic development often drives the conversion of farmland and natural habitat into urban or suburban landscapes, but food security, productivity, biodiversity, crop or livestock prices, renewable energy policy, and of course, NIMBYism are among the many factors that can. ..."

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Nitrogen fertilizer prices no longer at the ceiling, with new floor still to be determined in Europe

Duration: 8:26

"...Nitrogen prices for North American farmers are no longer at their 2022 highs, but they still have a long way to drop before returning to where they were a few years ago..."

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The importance of good energy policy for climate, competitiveness and affordability

Duration: 24:07

"...What lessons can Canada learn from high energy prices in Europe and rolling blackouts in China? Sound energy policy needs to consider affordability and competitiveness along with environmental ambition. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about energy policy.

Energy Transition: Policy Crediting Helps Uzbekistan Reduce Carbon Emissions

"...To help Uzbekistan fight climate change and improve its energy policy, a new World Bank program is rewarding the country for better policies through carbon payments..."

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The solutions needed to address climate change already exist Fear and Wonder podcast

"...One of the key findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) Synthesis Report is that there are solutions available right now, across all sectors of the economy, that could at least halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030..."

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What If Buildings Created Energy Instead of Consuming It? | Ksenia Petrichenko | TED

"...The goal: to build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, in the race to a zero-carbon world..."

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The Role of Commercial Nuclear Energy (Lessons from the Hoover Policy Boot Camp) | Ch 4

"...The United States has achieved energy independence for the first time in decades, which allows us to ability to step back and shape our future national energy policy..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about energy policy relevant to the latest news.

Impacts of coal-fired power plants for energy generation on environment and future implications of energy policy for Turkey

"...Subsidies to the coal sector, along with exemptions from environmental regulations, combined with slower growth of energy production from renewable energy sources (RES), may lead to a path dependence on coal, while the rest of the world increases their energy production from RES..."

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Natural Gas in the EU in the Twenty-First Century: A Special Emphasis on LNG

"...Although the EU?s natural gas consumption has decreased by three percent in 2020 due to the economic decline caused by the corona pandemic, the natural gas share in the EU?s energy consumption continues to grow as the EU implements its carbon?neutral energy policy and Germany is set to shut down its last nuclear power plants by the end of 2022..."

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The evaluation of renewable energy alternatives in Turkey using intuitionistic-fuzzy EDAS methodology

"...The selection and ranking of alternative renewable energy sources is a critical issue in establishing an effective energy policy and ensuring environmental improvement at the national and global levels..."

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Energy Climate Security and Energy Supply Systems of the Building Stock

"...It is noted that the current global warming caused by the ?enrichment? of the atmosphere with greenhouse gases is anthropogenic in nature and is largely due to the burning of fossil fuels..."

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Energy and Climate Policy: Driving Factors Affecting the Future of LNG in Latvia

"...Fuel switch in favour of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency are going to contribute to shrinking demand, while fuel change in transport sector has the potential to contribute to growing demand of natural gas..."

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"...Furthermore, it maintained at best a lukewarm position on renewable energy sources and even struggled to implement those energy efficiency measures that were included in the post-pandemic recovery plans..."

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Nuclear denial in Japan: the network power of an energy industrial complex

"...Given the known hazards of nuclear energy in seismically active Japan after the Fukushima meltdowns as well as the presence of viable conservation and renewable energy options, the question of Japan?s stalled energy transition warrants critical interrogation..."

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Energy intensity convergence among Chinese provinces: a Theil index decomposition analysis

"...The factors causing the energy intensity divergence in Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang are related to lagging economic growth and low energy efficiency, which impedes carbon emission reductions significantly..."

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Domestic energy consumption, theories, and policies: a systematic review

"...Furthermore, Cameroon lacks a proper up-to-date renewable energy policy document as of the time of this study..."

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Energy Justice Concerns of Nuclear Power in the 2025 Energy Transition Vision of Taiwan and Net Zero Roadmap of 2050

"...Energy justice emerged as a crosscutting social science research agenda aiming to apply justice to energy policy, energy production and systems, energy consumption, energy activism, energy security, and climate change..."

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