Energy Archives - State of the Planet

Life After Coal: The Decline and Rise of West Virginia Coal Country

Areas formerly reliant on fossil fuel extraction can reinvent themselves and remain relevant in a decarbonizing economy. West Virginia shows that ignoring the need for that transition for too long results in unnecessary pain.

by Eric Scheuch |August 7, 2020
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New Online Tool Tracks Energy Investments During Economic Recovery

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy has launched a website to track how pandemic recovery packages are shaping the future of energy and climate.

by |July 28, 2020
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Is China Still a Developing Country? And Why It Matters for Energy and Climate

Understanding the nature and implications of China’s unique status can help in designing energy and climate policies, and promoting sustainable growth.

by |July 23, 2020
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Success of NY Offshore Wind Industry Depends on Collaboration with Scallop Fishery

A student asserts that wind development companies need to take fishermen’s concerns more seriously, so that both industries can coexist successfully.

by Louise Efthimiou |July 13, 2020

Environmental Justice and Economic Recovery

An American infrastructure revitalization program could put people to work while improving the efficiency and quality of our communities and economy.

by |July 6, 2020

Even During Lockdown, California Moves to Decarbonize Trucking

California’s Air Resource Board and governor deserve enormous credit for moving ahead even in the face of the worsening pandemic. It demonstrates leadership, vision and persistence.

by |June 29, 2020

Environmental Protection and Infrastructure Investments Are Necessities, Not Luxuries

A clean and healthy environment and environmental justice are necessities and not luxuries.

by |June 8, 2020

‘Building’ Sustainability for Buildings

As part of the Spring 2020 Speaker Series, the CEO of Urban Green Council spoke to students about policy solutions to improve energy efficiency in buildings.

by Minji Ko |May 13, 2020
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An Atomic Catch 22: Climate Change and the Decline of America’s Nuclear Fleet

Nuclear energy currently generates a majority of America’s carbon-free electricity. It is an energy source that we cannot afford to keep — and also cannot afford to lose.

by Eric Scheuch |May 5, 2020

New Data Suggest COVID-19 Is Shifting the Burden of Energy Costs to Households

Apartment-level electricity use has increased under New York’s stay-at-home order. It could make matters worse for households already struggling economically.

by Christoph J. Meinrenken, Vijay Modi, Kathleen R. McKeown and Patricia J. Culligan |April 21, 2020