energy policy

Presidents Gone Green

America's 44 presidents have dealt with environmental and climate issues since our nation's beginning. From Thomas Jefferson to Barack Obama, here's how they've managed and grown our food, water and energy systems!

Is the Future of Hockey on Thin Ice?

There is very little that goes untouched by climate change. While not the biggest threat posed by rising global temperatures, the future of hockey itself is at stake. Here, we look at the NHL's noteworthy response: they've become a sustainability leader in professional sports.

Raise the Roof: Solar Adds Thousands to Home Resale Values

Warm up this wintry week with some good news about solar power! A common myth holds that mounting solar panels to the roof of your home can lower its resale value. But a new federal energy agency report may put that myth to rest once and for all.

On Keystone and Fracking: What's Powering the New Year

2014 wrapped up with generally bad news - for the oil and gas industry! The Keystone XL pipeline remains a pipedream, oil prices have dropped and New York officially banned fracking. Let's take a look at each of these issues and see how things may play out in 2015.

Get to Work! Jobs in Energy Sustainability

If you are looking for a 'Green Job' in energy, we've got good news: energy is a vital part of the American economy and clean energy continues to grow nationwide. If you are into powering the future while reducing pollution, perhaps a career in clean energy or sustainability is a good fit for you!

Fossil Fuel Export Folly

The Obama Administration's ramp-up of fossil fuel exports is at odds with its push for a global climate deal. It also presents a real threat to our already strained water resources. Here's a sustainable solution: Integrated energy-water-climate policies that drive low-carbon, low-water technologies and initiatives.

In World Cup of Environmental Footprints, Tops Not Boss

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success as the finals draw near. Although knocked out earlier, the United States has few if any peers in the World Cup of large "environmental footprints." The problem is, winning that Cup is no triumph.

Our Heroes: John Rogers of the Union of Concerned Scientists

With interest in the energy-water-climate nexus intensifying, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has emerged as one of the preeminent organizations and resources on this important environmental and economic issue. John Rogers, senior analyst in the Climate and Energy Program at UCS, is at the heart of their work on the nexus.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 9, Moving a Mountain

This week's driving questions: "Why should we care about climate change? And, to a lesser extent, "What can we do about it?" The season finale featured an interview with President Barack Obama, an amazing glacial expedition in the Andes and the conclusion of Michael C. Hall's poignant trip to Bangladesh.

US Government Cuts Estimate of Recoverable Oil in Monterey Shale by 96 Percent

On May 20th, the Los Angeles Times reported that the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has slashed the amount of barrels of oil in the Monterey Shale considered "recoverable" using current technology - by 96 percent. Is there a stronger word than "slash?" Let's put it this way: It's a pretty spectacular statistical fail.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 4, Ice and Brimstone

In another heated week on Years of Living Dangerously, The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder sat down with an evangelical Christian father and daughter who fundamentally disagree about climate change while 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl explored Arctic oil and gas development amidst ice melts and rising seas.

Our Heroes: Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, persuasive advocate for clean energy than Gordian Raacke, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI) - and solar homeowner. He's long been a nationally-known leader in clean energy and climate change issues.

Our Heroes: Leslie Moyer of Post Carbon Institute

Leslie Moyer is the director of Post Carbon Institute's Energy Reality Campaign. Read Leslie's interview to learn about her work with artists and energy, the undeserved un-sexiness of energy conservation and a particularly mind-blowing uphill car ride.

Solar Mythbusting

A year or so after my wife and I had a solar electric system installed on the front roof of our house, a friend posed a question that kinda caught me off guard: Any complaints from your neighbors?

West Virginia Coal Chemical Spill Causes Water Crisis

The industrial chemical spill that fouled Charleston, West Virginia's waterways is serious, and Ecocentric provides a rundown of the developing story, a collection of peoples' experiences as shared via social media and other ways to follow its aftermath.

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