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Research & Reports

The connection between cleaner air and longer lives

NEW YORK CITY, NY — “Back in 1970, Los Angeles was known as the smog capital of the world — a notorious example of industrialization largely unfettered by regard for health or the environment. Heavy pollution drove up respiratory and heart problems and shortened lives. But 1970 was also the […]

Dong Energy, a Danish company, is installing 32 turbines that stretch 600 feet high off the coast of Britain. Credit: Andy Teebay
Wind Energy

Offshore wind moves into energy’s mainstream

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND — “When engineers faced resistance from residents in Denmark over plans to build wind turbines on the Nordic country’s flat farmland, they found a better locale: the sea. The offshore wind farm, the world’s first, had just 11 turbines and could power about 3,000 homes. That project now […]

Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency
Right-to-Know

Hundreds of current, former EPA employees urge Senate to reject Trump’s nominee for the agency

WASHINGTON, DC — “The former officials said Pruitt “has gone to disturbing lengths to advance the views and interests of business” — a reference to his close ties to the fossil fuel industry, with which he often has sided in his cases against the EPA. ‘By contrast, there is little or […]

Boston firm battles Ohio utilities over re-regulation
Utilities

Boston firm battles Ohio utilities over re-regulation

BOSTON, MA — “The Boston-based company developing five natural gas-fired power plants under construction or planned in Ohio is fighting Ohio’s investor-owned electric utilities over re-regulation, Kallanish Energy finds. Bill Siderewicz, president of Clean Energy Future, is strongly opposed to a controversial proposal to re-regulate Ohio utilities, a move that could […]

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait
Climate Change / Coal

G.O.P. hurries to slash oil and gas rules, ending industries 8-year wait

WASHINGTON, DC — “The document carried the title ‘A Roadmap to Repeal,’ a concise list of Obama administration environmental regulations that a Koch brothers-backed group was pressing President Trump and Congress to quickly reverse after Inauguration Day. It was a tally of rules that energy industry executives and lobbyists had […]

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities
AEP / Energy / FirstEnergy

Ohio voters want energy choice, oppose return to monopoly utilities

CLEVELAND — “Efforts by the state’s traditional monopoly power companies to persuade lawmakers to scrap competitive markets and return to a fully regulated system could run afoul of an important political player — voters. A telephone survey conducted in January by Fallon Research and Communications, of Columbus and Washington, D.C., found […]

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Renewable Energy

Renewable energy mandates: How does Ohio compare with other states?

CLEVELAND — “Should Ohio continue to force utilities to obtain a percentage of their energy from renewable sources, such as the wind or the sun? If so, how much renewable energy should they be required to use?And when should they have to meet those standards? Those are questions that the […]

Potentially dangerous chemicals found in fast-food wrappers, researchers say
Good Neighbor Campaigns

Potentially dangerous chemicals found in fast-food wrappers, researchers say

  CHICAGO, IL — “For more than three decades, fast-food chains have relied on the chemical industry to keep grease and oil from soaking through burger wrappers, french fry cartons and pizza boxes. Few questioned the safety of the specially coated food packaging until the early 2000s, when lawsuits uncovered the […]

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy
Renewable Energy

As Trump threatens environmental protections, these three Republican governors invest in clean energy

JERSEY CITY, NJ — “Earlier this month, the U.S. inaugurated a new president who has vowed to abandon the landmark Paris climate agreement and roll back bedrock American environmental protections. But turn to the states and you’ll find a different story, even in the red states that elected President Trump. […]

A mountaintop removal mine site in Southern West Virginia in 2009. Credit: CHRIS DORST | Gazette-Mail file photo - See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/news/20170201/congress-moves-to-reject-obama-mining-rule-changes#sthash.swIQfgcy.dpuf
Coal

Congress moves to reject Obama mining rule changes

WASHINGTON, DC — “Congress on Wednesday evening was headed toward fairly quick action to reject a late-term effort by the Obama administration to replace a controversial stream ‘buffer zone’ rule with a collection of requirements that coal operators better monitor water quality, try to avoid damage to streams, and improve […]