Utilities Pay Up

Utilities Pay Up

The power sector is responsible for a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, making it the country’s single largest contributor to climate pollution. In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released a Clean Power Plan (CPP) aimed at curbing these emissions, with...

IPS Statement on Donald Trump’s Energy Advisor Pick

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has asked one of America’s most ardent drilling advocates and climate change skeptics to help him draft his energy policy. Janet Redman, Climate Policy Program Director at the Institute for Policy Studies, had this...
Relying on Coal for Electricity is Destroying Appalachia

Relying on Coal for Electricity is Destroying Appalachia

As a child, I remember sitting on my father’s shoulders as we surveyed a valley below. He said, “This is where your Daddy’s from,” and my response was, “Then I’m from here, too.” I wonder if that mountain from which we surveyed the valley is gone now. A year after my...

World Bank Phasing Out Coal, Ramping up Support for “Fracking”

Washington DC – Shortly after a major speech in which President Barack Obama announced his plans to shift public funding away from coal and move the U.S. electrical fleet away from coal and toward greater reliance on natural gas, a document leaked from within the...
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

This piece originally appeared on FireDogLake.com. Climate activists cheered President Barack Obama in a speech on Tuesday when he announced his plans to tackle carbon-intensive coal-fired power plants, both at home, via stronger EPA restrictions on CO2 emissions, and...

Activists in Boat Blocking Coal Ship at Brayton Point Coal Plant

Two Massachusetts men anchor lobster boat in Mount Hope Bay, call for immediate coal plant shutdown to avert climate change catastrophe Boston, MA – Activists have begun a blockade of an incoming coal ship at the Brayton Point Power plant, outside Fall River,...
The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind

Oil and coal Pollute the land, But burning them Brings profits grand. There’s money to be made in wind and solar power, but so far, not very much. And that’s the way fossil fuel giants aim to keep it. As of today, they’re winning the energy battle...
How Did Coal-Rich India End Up With Power Blackouts?

How Did Coal-Rich India End Up With Power Blackouts?

“If you work hard, and put your heart and soul into it, then you are allowed to steal some,” said Shivpal Singh Yadav, a minister for public works for India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh (UP). “But don’t be a bandit.” Caught...
Green Scissors for Congress

Green Scissors for Congress

When you’re in a hole, you stop digging. And when you’ve got a $1.3-trillion deficit and $15.7 trillion in debt, you’ve got to start cutting. That’s why we joined the environmental group Friends of the Earth and the free-market R Street...
India’s Gambit in the Central Asian Abyss

India’s Gambit in the Central Asian Abyss

The importance of Central Asia tends to be under-estimated by most Western observers, particularly in the major print media and on TV. It was only the Western business world that understood the region’s significance promptly after the fall of the Soviet Union,...
Big Meetings

Big Meetings

Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, who died earlier this year, created an empire of websites that attack big, fat liberal targets. There’s Big Government, Big Hollywood, and Big Journalism. In 2010, he intervened into foreign policy with his final effort,...
The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race

The Human Face of the Nuclear Arms Race

The legacy of human suffering from amassing nuclear arsenals remains ignored in the current debate over eliminating these horrific weapons of mass destruction. Lest we forget, the Energy Employee Illness Compensation Program Act, which I helped draft and push for, was...
Is China Heading for Collapse?

Is China Heading for Collapse?

An implicit social contract underlies the Chinese people’s relationship with its government. The people accept the autocratic Communist Party of China (CPC) regime with its corruption and minimal public participation, and the CPC regime delivers a continuous and...