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Fracking Tycoon Harold Hamm is scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention tonight on "making America first again," but in Washington D.C. yesterday one of his top competitors had unusually nice things to say about Democrats and carbon taxes.
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It may be another sign that U.S. pollution goals may be more easily achievable than opponents claim.
Last June, the Supreme Court ruled that the EPA had not conducted a sufficient cost-benefit analysis of its mercury rule, which took effect in 2012. But the court left the rule in place while the EPA conducted that analysis, and most vulnerable coal plants have borne the costs and complied.
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"Yes, you read that correctly: The U.S. could achieve the 2030 emission cuts this year."
A dramatic slump in coal production has pushed U.S. carbon emissions so low that, were the trend to continue, the U.S. would achieve its 2030 emissions goals this year, an analysis of data from the Energy Information Administration.
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Most drivers fear driverless cars, but those fears will subside as autonomous features debut in cars piloted by humans, a panel of transportation experts agreed in Chicago Friday. Like a frog in slowly heating water, we'll hardly notice.
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"But Berkeley Energy Professor Daniel Kammen ably defended energy storage, gently accusing Chu of outdated thinking, even as he credited him for making the transformation possible.
Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu doesn't think energy storage can develop in time to back up solar and wind, so he criticized the EPA Clean Power Plan Friday for failing to promote nuclear power. But Berkeley Energy Professor Daniel Kammen ably defended energy storage, gently accusing Chu of outdated thinking.
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"My compensation is that something I invented could actually really start moving renewables to market. That’s what professors should do. We shouldn’t be making money.”
Daniel Nocera has given up on the American system for financing energy startups. It brings innovations to market too slowly, he said in Chicago this month, in part because the system is rigged to make professors wealthy.
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"Because climate risk is systemic and embedded across a portfolio, investors can’t diversify away from it.”
Almost all U.S. publicly traded companies face risk either from climate change itself or from the changes needed to fend it off, experts agreed Monday at the S&P Global offices in New York—but few companies have warned their investors.
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When 20 automakers announced this spring they would include Automated Emergency Braking Systems as standard equipment in all cars, they effectively standardized autonomous vehicle technology, an expert said in Chicago Monday.
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The Department of Energy quietly released a draft this month of a plan to double America's nuclear power capacity, not only with the small modular reactors championed by Secretaries Ernest Moniz and Steven Chu, but also with advanced reactors that do not rely on water for cooling.
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"The first day in office I said get rid of that mayor’s car and we’ll find another job for the driver because I’m going to use my bicycle in the city."
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Climate change may have inspired the clean-energy revolution, but price has made it inevitable, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said Thursday, citing plunging prices in solar, wind and efficient innovations like LED lighting.
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Wants to develop this new renewable energy tech in India +Forbes India
The Harvard chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into fuel alcohol. Now he reports the process converts sunlight ten times more efficiently than plants do.
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  • Forbes
    Contributor, 2011 - present
    Jeff McMahon covers green technology, energy and the environment for Forbes.
  • University Of Chicago
    Lecturer and Writing Advisor, 2002 - present
    Jeff McMahon teaches journalism and argument.
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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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Clean Power Plan To Algae Companies: Prove It
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The final version of the Clean Power Plan includes a carrot for companies that use algae, or other processes, to turn captured carbon dioxid

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