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U.S. Gas Use Peaked Before Pandemic, Study Finds

U.S. Gas Use Peaked Before Pandemic, Study Finds

U.S. gasoline demand is unlikely to return to pre-pandemic highs, an important climate milestone since transportation is the leading contributor to the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.  In 2018, U.S. drivers consumed a record high of nearly 392 million gallons of gas per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (IEA). Now, that number is […]

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    Renewables Save Texans Money as Coal and Gas Prices Soar

    Renewables Save Texans Money as Coal and Gas Prices Soar

    Texas is often associated with fossil fuels, especially oil. But it turns out a greener kind of energy is saving the state’s customers a significant amount of money.  A new report from IdeaSmiths LLC found that wind and solar had generated as much as $106 billion in savings and benefits in Texas between 2010 and […]

    California Unveils Roadmap to No New Gas Cars by 2035

    California Unveils Roadmap to No New Gas Cars by 2035

    California has put forward a plan to phase out new sales of gas-powered cars by 2035. Regulatory agency the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced a proposal Wednesday that would mandate that 35 percent of new cars sold in the state be battery or hydrogen powered by 2026. This would propel the state towards the goal of ending new sales of gas-powered vehicles by 2035. 

    Biden Lifts Summer Ban on Smog-Causing E15 Gas

    Biden Lifts Summer Ban on Smog-Causing E15 Gas

    President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would lift a summer-time ban on the sale of E15 gasoline in response to the hike in gas prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. E15 is a gasoline mix that uses 15 percent ethanol, according to a White House fact sheet. However, it is currently barred from use in the summer because it contributes to smog during warmer weather, The New York Times pointed out. 

    Corn-Based Ethanol Pollutes More Than Gas, Study Finds

    Corn-Based Ethanol Pollutes More Than Gas, Study Finds

    For years, corn-based ethanol has been mixed with the gasoline sold at gas stations across the U.S., but a recently published study has found that its carbon intensity is “likely at least 24% higher” than gas, Roadshow by CNET reported. The study, “Environmental Outcomes of the US Renewable Fuel Standard,” was published by the journal […]

    Gas Stoves Are a Bigger Climate Threat Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

    Gas Stoves Are a Bigger Climate Threat Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

    Gas stoves emit methane even when they are not in use, a new study has found, and this makes them a bigger contributor to the climate crisis than previously believed.  The research, published in Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, concluded that the annual methane emissions from gas stoves in the U.S. are equivalent to about […]

    Renewable Natural Gas Isn’t a Green Solution for Climate Change

    Renewable Natural Gas Isn’t a Green Solution for Climate Change

    By Emily Grubert Natural gas is a versatile fossil fuel that accounts for about a third of U.S. energy use. Although it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants than coal or oil, natural gas is a major contributor to climate change, an urgent global problem. Reducing emissions from the natural gas system is […]

    Renewables Surpass Coal in Both the U.S. and U.K. in Historic Firsts

    Renewables Surpass Coal in Both the U.S. and U.K. in Historic Firsts

    By Fino Menezes April 2020 was the first month ever that renewables generated more electricity than thermal coal in the United States every single day, while across the Atlantic, the United Kingdom’s rapid decarbonization of its electricity grid has achieved another significant milestone – completing a whole month (30 days) without coal power for the […]