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Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States

Vehicles (Still) Bigger Emissions Source Than Power Plants in United States

The amount of carbon dioxide emissions from the transportation sector continues to exceed the amount from electricity production in the United States, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration. The shift that started last year reveals the challenges to cutting transportation emissions as well as new … Read more »

EPA Underestimates Renewables in Clean Power Plan, Report Says

EPA Underestimates Renewables in Clean Power Plan, Report Says

States can cost-effectively produce almost twice as much renewable electricity as the EPA calculated they could under its proposed Clean Power Plan, according to a proposal from the Union of Concerned Scientists. The science group found that increased renewable electricity growth could allow states to collectively cut heat-trapping carbon emissions … Read more »

CO2 Set to Miss Obama Targets

CO2 Set to Miss Obama Targets

The EIA’s early release of its 2014 Annual Energy Outlook shows national carbon goals staying out of reach. The AEO2014 Reference case says US energy-related CO2 emissions will fall to about 9 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, then rise to 7 percent below 2005 levels by 2040. In 2009, … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Oil Leak, Ethanol Mandate, EPA Delays Listening Sessions

North Dakota regulators said their initial investigations suggest corrosion as a cause of Tesoro Logistics LP’s 20,600-barrel oil leak in the state. The company’s six-inch pipeline was carrying crude oil from the Bakken shale to the Stampede rail facility outside Columbus, N.D. when a farmer noticed the spill on September 29, Reuters … Read more »

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Government Shutdown: More Energy and Environment Fallout

More details are emerging on the government shutdown’s effect on environmental and energy regulations: The government still published new regulations yesterday and today, because some rules were already scheduled for printing in the Federal Register. But the pace of rule-making should now start to slow substantially, with agencies only issuing … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Exxon Charged, NY Green Bank, EIA Data ‘Flawed’

Exxon Mobil unit XTO Energy has been charged with five counts under the Clean Streams Law and three counts under the Solid Waste Management Act, related to the alleged illegal dumping of over 50,000 gallons of wastewater from shale drilling in Pennsylvania in 2010. State inspectors found a plug removed from a … Read more »

Carbon Sciences to Build Its First GTL Plant

Carbon Sciences to Build Its First GTL Plant

Carbon Sciences says it is focusing on Oklahoma as the location of its first gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant, which will turn natural gas into cleaner-burning gasoline. The company is evaluating several sites in the Tulsa area, CEO Bill Beifuss says. Carbon Sciences needs about 15 acres to build a modular miniGTL … Read more »

Net Oil Imports ‘Could Drop to 7% by 2040’

Net Oil Imports ‘Could Drop to 7% by 2040’

US crude oil production, which is currently projected to range between 6 and 8 million barrels per day (bbl/d) over the next 30 years, could reach as high as 10 million bbl/d by 2040 under an alternative resource scenario, according to the Energy Information Administration. Total US liquid fuels production, … Read more »

Texas No. 1 State in CO2 Emissions from Energy

Texas No. 1 State in CO2 Emissions from Energy

Carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose in 18 states and fell in 32 between 2000 and 2010 with Texas showing the greatest absolute decline of 58.8 million metric tons, according to data released by the US Energy Information Administration. Despite the 8.3 percent drop in emissions, Texas still led the … Read more »

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Hit Lowest Levels in 2012

Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Hit Lowest Levels in 2012

US energy-related CO2 emissions dropped in 2012 to their lowest levels since 1994, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Last year’s emissions — at 5.3 billion metric tons of CO2 — represent about a 4 percent decline over 2011’s 5.5 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions. With the exception … Read more »

EIA: US CO2 Emissions at 20-Year Low

EIA: US CO2 Emissions at 20-Year Low

US carbon dioxide emissions resulting from energy use during the first quarter of 2012 were the lowest in two decades for any January-March period, according to US Energy Information Administration figures. The country’s CO2 emissions from energy consumption totaled 1,340 million metric tons during the first quarter of 2012, down … Read more »