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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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When Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Obama signed a climate agreement last November, the agreement revealed only half of China's climate strategy, a Chinese official said in Chicago Tuesday. China's still unsubmitted climate pledge to the United Nations will also include a new investment in forestry and deeper reductions in carbon intensity.
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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, the famed nuclear critic Arnie Gunderson had the inside scoop: Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was about to announce an industrial-scale battery, Gunderson said, that would cost about 2¢ per kilowatt hour, putting the final nail in the coffin of nuclear power.
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Carbon emissions signal inefficiency in a system, an energy expert said in Chicago this week, so reducing emissions usually means increasing savings.
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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 states are ignoring McConnell, EPA Admninistrator Gina McCarthy said Friday at the University of Chicago. Even states that are suing the EPA are preparing carbon-reduction plans, another official said, to meet their obligations under EPA's proposed rule, which McCarthy predicted will not only be implemented, bu...
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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 meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, so it's time to replace the term "climate change," itself a replacement for "global warming," with a new term: "climate disruption."
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New England faces a stormy ride as the climate warms this century, a scientist widely regarded as the world's leading expert on hurricane physics said in Chicago this week. MIT professor Kerry Emanuel predicts climate change will not only increase the frequency of the most powerful cyclones, but will alter their tracks so that more plow into the American Northeast.
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Tesla's Powerall home battery stole the headlines all weekend, but the shocker was the new low price for the utility-scale battery, which could reduce the need for new power plants.
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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 influential Chinese government planning agency said in Washington Monday.
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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 states more clean energy options, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signaled in Chicago Friday.
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Russians financed the anti-fracking movement in the United States, an American oil tycoon alleged today during the Forbes Reinventing America Summit in Chicago. Hamm's comments bring to American soil an allegation made last year by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who charged that Russians were funding anti-fracking movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union.
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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, according to a chief scientist for the Department of Energy. Hydrates may be easy to tap for energy use, he said, but oil companies have lost interest.
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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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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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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

Developing World Will Grow On Coal, Climate Leaders Predict
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The developing world will rapidly increase its use of electricity in the next 15 years, and coal remains the most likely fuel to power that

India Lowers Expectations For Paris Climate Talks
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The Paris Climate Conference this December will not produce an agreement that is "environmentally optimal," according to the member of parli

Incubator CEO: Join Us Or We Will Destroy Your Business
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Established businesses have to either invest in disruptive innovation or be destroyed by it, the CEO of a thriving Chicago tech incubator sa

Morningstar Names EPA Clean Power Plan Winners -- And One Potential Loser
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The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will make money for most electric utilities and their investors, who may be "laughing

To Undermine Paris Climate Talks, Stop EPA Clean Power Plan
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Republicans in Congress will use riders on appropriations bills to try to choke off funding for the EPA Clean Power Plan and other efforts t

Three Ways Renewables Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices
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Low oil prices don't have to mean a resurgence in the consumption of fossil fuels at the expense of clean alternatives, the leaders of the t

IEA Scolds U.S. For Waffling On Wind Tax Credit
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During a largely positive review of U.S. energy policy, the International Energy Agency nonetheless scolded the federal government for faili

U.S. Should Save Nuclear Industry From Fracking Peril: IEA
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The United States needs to develop clear policies to support its ailing nuclear industry—which is prone to seeing old reactors close rather