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Africa’s Shortsighted Focus on Natural Gas Instead of Renewables Risks Stranding Assets and ‘Economic Turmoil,’ Analysts Say

Africa’s Shortsighted Focus on Natural Gas Instead of Renewables Risks Stranding Assets and ‘Economic Turmoil,’ Analysts Say

Mozambique’s burgeoning methane gas export industry shows the consequences of industrialized nations’ failure to fund developing countries’ expansion of renewable energy, Bloomberg reports. Only one-third of Mozambique residents have access to electricity (70% of which is produced by hydroelectric facilities). Now, European nations like Germany and Italy are buying all the gas they can, while […]

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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 […]

    Biden Admin Joins Global Pact to Achieve 100% New Electric Car and Truck Sales by 2040

    Biden Admin Joins Global Pact to Achieve 100% New Electric Car and Truck Sales by 2040

    In its latest push towards electrification, the Biden administration announced that the U.S. has signed the Global Memorandum of Understanding (Global MOU) on Zero-Emission Medium-and  Heavy-Duty Vehicles Thursday at the COP27 UN climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  The memorandum sets a goal of ensuring 100 percent of new bus and truck sales are electric […]