Category Archives: Energy

Why the Clean Air Act didn’t clean up the air

In 1970, Congress grandfathered existing coal-fired power plants from requirements of the Clean Power Plan. Some of them have been poisoning our skies ever since.
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Carbondale carbon tax

If residents approve in April, the former coal-mining town of Carbondale, Colo., will become one of the first U.S. municipalities to adopt a carbon tax. Continue reading

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Colorado’s legislative green agenda

Colorado legislators have a limited appetite for an ambitious green agenda this session, but expect bills about drilling and the Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

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Ski town newspaper scoffs at Clean Power Plan

Steamboat Springs is an island in a sea of coal mining in northwest Colorado, and it is singing the coal industry tune when it comes to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Continue reading

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Rural Nebraska, Keystone, and the Paris climate talks

How conservative grassroots Nebraska towns combined with big-green groups to block the Keystone XL pipeline, giving the U.S. street credibility at the Paris climate talks. Continue reading

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A small Colorado pivot in our great national energy transition

Should electrical co-operative providers be allowed to produce more than 5 percent of their electrical from local and mostly renewable sources? A Colorado case has implications for our great national energy transition. Continue reading

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White House beach-front property

Immutable laws of physics govern our warming climate, but as humans we have free will, says climate scientist Jim White, a self-described evangelical Christian. The climate crisis can be solved, he says, but that’s just a training exercise for the much greater challenge facing civilization.
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Aspen Electric joins the most exclusive of groups

Aspen Electric has joined the most elite of clubs, utilities with 100 percent renewable portfolios. It joins salt-of-the-earth Greensburg, Kan., and earthy progressive Burlington, Vt. But a great many other municipalities have started down the same path. Continue reading

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Pricing carbon emissions in Canada and the United States

British Columbia has a tax on carbon emissions, and it seems to have worked well there. How will the United States tax emissions of carbon dioxide? Through a cap-and-trade system or, as Citizens Climate Lobby advocates, a “carbon fee and dividend?” Continue reading

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Our energy of the future: flexible, decentralized, and diverse

Instead of energy-on-demand we’ll have energy-just-in-time is how one speaker in Denver described the energy system of the future. Others talked about different storage methods, more distributed energy, and greater diversity of sources. Continue reading

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