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The burgeoning biofuels industry will do too little too late to help balance carbon emissions if it relies on CO2 drawn from the earth rather than from the air, an expert on the carbon cycle said Tuesday.
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The United States missed an opportunity to fuel its renewables revolution at a much lower cost, John Rowe, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Exelon, said in Chicago Wednesday.
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China's efforts to reduce air pollution could be negated by its unregulated and unmonitored burning of petcoke, a fuel dirtier than coal, an expert on Chinese climate and energy policy said Tuesday in Washington D.C.
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Almost half of homes and business in the United States are unfit for rooftop solar installation, either because of building structure, credit rating or other obstacles. But that doesn't mean they have to sit out the renewables revolution.
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Climate change will hinder global economic growth within the next 25 years, according to the Norwegian oil giant Statoil, unless societies embrace renewable energy and limit carbon emissions.
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When MIT Professor Donald Sadoway hires people for his promising battery startup, Ambri, he makes sure they don't have any battery experience. "I don't turn to experts," Sadoway said Wednesday. "The last person I'd turn to is a battery person."
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Energy startups can increase their chance of success by ensuring they offer a profit incentive to utilities, John Rowe, former CEO and chairman emeritus of Exelon said Wednesday in Chicago.
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China's efforts to reduce air pollution could be negated by its unregulated and unmonitored burning of petcoke, a fuel dirtier than coal, an expert on Chinese climate and energy policy said Tuesday in Washington D.C.
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Extending subsidies may not be the best way to maintain the revolutionary growth of renewable energy, the International Energy Agency's policy honcho said in Washington D.C. Friday.
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Solar energy will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, if not before, the director of the Department of Energy's Solar Technologies Office said in New York Thursday. And the remaining obstacles to solar's success, like the expiration of a federal tax credit, should not prevent the industry from achieving this goal, industry leaders agreed.
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At the foot of Table Mountain in Denver, the federal government's Energy Systems Integration Facility runs a megawatt-scale model of the nation's electrical grid, so scientists and engineers can plug in new technologies to see how they'll affect the system. That work has become increasingly urgent, the lab's associate director said Monday, as emerging technologies, like Tesla's battery, have leapt to market viability.
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Mastercard President and CEO Ajay Banga wasn't sure why he was on a panel last night with two former Treasury secretaries and a former prime minister, he said. But he uttered the night's most tweeted line when he suggested you can measure the health of a city by how many of its wealthiest citizens use public transit.
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Jeff McMahon covers green technology, energy, and the environment for Forbes. He lives in Chicago and teaches journalism and argument at the University of Chicago.

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Won first place awards in environmental reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the National Newspaper Association. His column won top honors from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and was twice named the best by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.
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Fossil Carbon Muddies The New Clean Fuels
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The burgeoning biofuels industry will do too little too late to help balance carbon emissions if it relies on CO2 drawn from the earth rathe

CEO Tip For Energy Startups: Make Utilities Money
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Energy startups can increase their chance of success by ensuring they offer a profit incentive to utilities, John Rowe, former CEO and chair

Renewables Cost Twice What Carbon Cuts Might Have Cost: Rowe
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The United States missed an opportunity to fuel its renewables revolution at a much lower cost, John Rowe, former CEO and chairman emeritus

China Is Quietly Burning A Fuel Dirtier Than Coal -- And Buying It From US
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China's efforts to reduce air pollution could be negated by its unregulated and unmonitored burning of petcoke, a fuel dirtier than coal, an

3 Ways To Keep Solar and Wind Booming
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Extending subsidies may not be the best way to maintain the revolutionary growth of renewable energy, the International Energy Agency's poli

$8B-$16B Investment Could Double Solar Market By 2020
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Almost half of homes and business in the United States are unfit for rooftop solar installation, either because of building structure, credi

America Will Achieve Its Sunshot
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Solar energy will be cost competitive with fossil fuels by 2020, if not before, the director of the Department of Energy's Solar Technologie

Want To Build A Better Battery? Don't Talk To Battery Experts
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When MIT Professor Donald Sadoway hires people for his promising battery startup, Ambri, he makes sure they don't have any battery experienc

Mastercard CEO: The Rich Should Ride The Bus
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Mastercard President and CEO Ajay Banga wasn't sure why he was on a panel last night with two former Treasury secretaries and a former prime

Did Tesla Just Kill Nuclear Power?
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It would be almost three hours until Tesla's big announcement, but inside a Northwestern University classroom near Chicago Thursday night, t

China: Electric Vehicle-To-Grid Technology Could Solve Renewable Energy ...
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China could use an expected boom in electric vehicles to stabilize a grid that depends heavily on wind and solar energy, officials from an i

EPA: We're Not Picking Fuels!
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Facing a sudden shift from coal to natural gas, the Environmental Protection Agency is most likely to revise its Clean Power Plan to give st

States Ignoring Mitch McConnell, Working On Clean Power Plan: EPA
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Last month Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged states to ignore the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, but the sta

Forget Global Warming And Climate Change, Call It 'Climate Disruption'
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People have been trained to deal with change by thinking it's not all bad, but climate change is all bad, according to a research meteorolog

Don't Worry About Methane Hydrates, Government Scientist Says: You Have ...
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Worrying about methane hydrates warming the atmosphere is like worrying about your house burning down after it's been leveled by a hurricane

Four Sites Where You Can Monitor U.S. Radiation Levels
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EPA map of U.S. radiation monitoring stations UPDATED with a fourth site, EPA's RadNet Lab Open Data system. Radiation from Japan's Fukushim

Low Oil Price May Stifle Deepwater Drilling And Oil Sands But Not Fracking
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Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle competition from America and other boom time locations, but they didn't drop it

U.S. Fracking Boom Won't Bring Manufacturing Home: Analysts
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While cheap natural gas and oil is drawing petrochemical companies back to the United States, companies that produce consumer goods are unli

Dow Bets $6 Billion That U.S. Fracking Boom Will Last Another Decade
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Dow Chemical is investing $6 billion to enlarge its manufacturing facilities in the United States by 40 percent, based on a wager that low n

Four Reasons To Study A Bad Idea: Geoengineering
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Scientists who worked on the National Research Council's new report on climate intervention want us to understand that they think geoenginee