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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is an unabashed ally of the fossil fuels – industry his agency is supposed to regulate. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Trump administration’s zeal to peel back regulations is leading us to another era of robber barons

The Trump administration is committed to deregulating industry, as it's done with the EPA Clean Power Plan. But a historian shows how regulations have actually benefited both industry and consumers.
The price of new-build renewable energy is expected to fall significantly relative to new-build coal energy in coming years. AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones

Renewables will be cheaper than coal in the future. Here are the numbers

The price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal in coming decades, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable, both economically and environmentally.
The first U.S. offshore wind farm, near Block Island, Rhode Island, started delivering commercial electricity in December 2016. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Thinking beyond Trump: Why power companies should be investing now in carbon-free electricity

When utilities plan investments, they think decades ahead. A recent study shows why power companies should be spending more on renewables despite the Trump administration's tilt toward fossil fuels.
Sales of electric vehicles are growing fast, especially in Europe. Sopotnicki/Shutterstock.com

How electric vehicles could take a bite out of the oil market

Shifting to plug-in cars wouldn't be enough to max out global oil consumption by 2040. But it could help make that happen if cities pitch in and ride-sharing doesn't crowd out public transportation.
On June 1, 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he would take the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, and that he could negotiate a “better deal”. Saul Loeb/AFP

A fair climate deal? Accountability first!

On June 1, Donald Trump announced that he would take the US out of the Paris climate agreement because it was "unfair" to the US. An economic analysis indicates otherwise.
Spanish activists protest against retailers using factories in a building in Bangladesh which collapsed, killing more than 600 people. Reuters/Albert Gea

How divestment campaigns can change the rules in a profit-driven world

"Shaming campaigns" have been successful in attracting attention to transnational issues like inhumane working conditions and environmental degradation. But shaming guilty corporations is only the first step.
With the right power policies, gas can have a brighter future. Steven Bradley

Want to boost the domestic gas industry? Put a price on carbon

The current domestic gas crisis will pass. But if the industry wants to surpass coal and fulfil its role as a 'transition fuel', it should lobby for a carbon price to help it on its way.
President Trump holds up the signed Energy Independence Executive Order, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at EPA headquarters in Washington, surrounded by coal miners and members of his Cabinet. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Trump’s energy and climate change order: Seven essential reads

President Trump's latest executive order weakens or reverses multiple rules and policies designed to slow climate change. Scholars explain the order's impact.
The rise of renewable energy is one reason the world is shifting away from coal. Wind turbine image from www.shutterstock.com

We can still keep global warming below 2℃ – but the hard work is about to start

Global emissions from fossil fuels have stalled. That puts us in the right place to keep warming below 2℃, but there's plenty of work still to be done.
China’s President Xi Jinping at the podium at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. AP Photo/Michel Euler

China steps up as US steps back from global leadership

Leaders are worried US leadership on global issues like climate change will be diminished under President Trump. Experts explain why China is ready to lead, and how that could be a good thing.

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