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UK Government Backs First Nuclear Plant in 35 Years

UK Government Backs First Nuclear Plant in 35 Years

As it works to reduce its contribution to the climate crisis and ensure energy independence, the UK will move forward with a new nuclear power plant in Suffolk, England–the first government-backed nuclear installation in 35 years. The UK government’s support for the plant was first announced during the chancellor’s autumn statement earlier this month and […]

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    Will Paris Ban Electric Scooters?

    Will Paris Ban Electric Scooters?

    Could the City of Light ban the electric scooters that have become popular in cities around the world? Paris currently has three rental e-scooter companies whose licenses are set to expire in February, and concerns about safety, congestion and ultimate environmental impact mean those licenses may not be renewed.  “If we don’t find an agreement […]

    West Virginia Customers Pay the Price for State’s Reliance on Coal

    West Virginia Customers Pay the Price for State’s Reliance on Coal

    The state of West Virginia is intimately associated with coal power, so much so that it got 91 percent of its electricity from coal in 2021, and politicians like the state’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin have painted an attack on the highly polluting energy source as an attack on the state’s wellbeing.  When President Joe […]

    China, World’s Leading Methane Polluter, Drafts Plan to Cut Emissions

    China, World’s Leading Methane Polluter, Drafts Plan to Cut Emissions

    During a surprise appearance at the COP27 UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Thursday, China’s top climate diplomat touted a draft plan to reduce methane emissions.  However, the country stopped short of signing on to the Global Methane Pledge to cut methane emissions 30 percent by 2030, despite being the world’s leading polluter of […]

    What a Split Congress Means for U.S. Climate and Energy Policy

    What a Split Congress Means for U.S. Climate and Energy Policy

    Now that the dust is beginning to settle from the U.S. midterm elections and it is clear that Democrats will retain control of the Senate while the House of Representatives will pass to a narrow Republican Majority, what does this mean for the next two years of climate and energy policy? With seven House races […]