Energy

Oil and Gas Group Bristles at Prospect of Fracking Ban

Some Democratic contenders for the 2020 presidential nomination have voiced support for such a policy.

America’s Coal Consumption Entered Free Fall in 2019

Coal fell 18 percent last year, the largest drop ever recorded. But carbon emissions across the rest of the economy barely budged.

A State Restarts Its Electric Vehicle Rebates

Massachusetts extended its rebate program through at least 2021 after legislators provided funding for the program in the most recent budget.

Rural America Sees Biggest Income Dips—and Jumps

Per capita income in the United States rose 4% last year to $54,000.

Southern States Split in Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Rollbacks

The South is home to nearly half of America’s largest coal ash disposal sites.

Mayors Call For Solar Tax Credit Extension

Citing job growth and investment in the green economy, 231 mayors are calling on Congress to extend renewable energy tax credits through 2027.

States Fail to Step Up for Natural Gas Storage Safety Program

Following a 2015 leak in California, a federal agency took on new responsibilities for inspecting the natural gas sites, but a watchdog says that fewer states than expected are helping.

The Problem With Switching to Electric Cars

Switching to EVs en masse could help bring down planet-killing carbon emissions. But Americans also need to drive less, right now.

San Francisco Offers $2.5 Billion to Buy Part of Troubled Utility

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Take Down That Dam: River Ecosystems Bounce Back As Removals Soar

In rivers big and small, migratory fish surge back to life as old energy structures are taken down.

West Virginia Bets Big on Plastics, and on Backing of Trump Administration

The state’s leaders want a federal loan guarantee to build a giant chemical storage plant that could cost as much as $10 billion.

A Pickup Truck State Debates California’s Electric Vehicle Rule

Colorado could move forward soon with requirements that a certain percentage of vehicle sales be electric. Officials this week inked a voluntary agreement with manufacturers that moves the state closer to that goal.

A High Stakes Debate Over an Environmental Permitting Law That Empowers States

States have blocked pipelines and coal facilities using the process. President Trump and some Republicans are pushing to revamp it.

How Forgotten Ports Have a Big Role to Play in the Future of Offshore Wind

Along the East Coast, states and companies are joining to make big investments in port upgrades, as the region eyes a decade of job growth tied to renewable energy.

A Very Important Climate Fact That No One Knows

The U.S. actually has a very popular climate policy—it’s on the books in 29 states. But what does it cost?

Western Communities Try to Chart New Economic Paths as Coal Declines

“We decided that a win is growing basically one job at a time,” says one economic development official.

Solar Power More Than Doubled in Many Cities, Report Finds

Los Angeles topped the list of cities leading in solar power installation.

Trump Order Puts State Power Over Pipeline Approvals in Crosshairs

The president charges that there’s “state level abuse” with a certain Clean Water Act certification needed for natural gas pipelines and other energy projects.