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EV rollout will require huge investments in strained U.S. power grids

EV rollout will require huge investments in strained U.S. power grids

By , (Reuters) - During several days of brutal cold in Texas, the city of Austin saw its fleet of 12 new electric buses rendered inoperative by a statewide power outage. That problem will be magnified next year, when officials plan to start purchasing electric-powered vehicles exclusively.The city’s transit agency has budgeted $650 million over 20 years for electric buses and a charging facility for 187 such vehicles. But officials are still trying to solve the dilemma of power interruptions like the Texas freeze.“Redundancy and resiliency when it comes to power is something we have long...

Mar 5
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Biden drilling ban forces Democratic-led New Mexico to reckon with oil dependence

Biden drilling ban forces Democratic-led New Mexico to reckon with oil dependence

By , , (Reuters) - When Stan Rounds heard about U.S. President Joe Biden’s plans to suspend new drilling on federal lands to fight climate change, he worried about the education budget.Rounds heads a state association of school administrators. He knows that New Mexico - home to the country’s richest oil fields on federal lands - depends heavily on drilling revenues to finance its struggling public schools. And budgets have already taken a hit from falling crude prices as the coronavirus pandemic sapped global fuel demand.“While you appreciate the green policies for environmental issues, you...

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Feb 9
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Many U.S. utilities plan to hang on to their coal plants for a decade: Sierra Club

Many U.S. utilities plan to hang on to their coal plants for a decade: Sierra Club

By , (Reuters) - The most coal-dependent U.S. utilities plan to keep around 75% of their coal-fired power plants running for another decade, according to an analysis by the environmental group Sierra Club released on Monday, posing a threat to the climate.Slideshow The report , which reviewed the plans of the 50 U.S. utilities most invested in coal and gas generation, reflects some of the obstacles President Joe Biden will need to overcome to achieve his administration's goal to decarbonize the power sector by 2035.The Sierra Club analysis of utility public filings found that the companies,...

Jan 25
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Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

By (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Tuesday it had issued drilling leases on more than 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares) of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), delivering on a promise to fossil-fuel proponents on President Donald Trump’s last full day in office.Formal issuance of the leases by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management came a day before the inauguration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to protect the 19.6-million-acre (7.9-million-hectare) habitat for polar bears and caribou and to ban new oil and gas leasing on federal lands.Lease...

Jan 19
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Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

By (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Tuesday it had issued drilling leases on more than 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares) of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), delivering on a promise to fossil-fuel proponents on President Donald Trump’s last full day in office.Formal issuance of the leases by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management came a day before the inauguration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to protect the 19.6-million-acre (7.9-million-hectare) habitat for polar bears and caribou and to ban new oil and gas leasing on federal lands.Lease...

Jan 19
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Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

Trump administration issues last-minute Arctic refuge drilling leases

By (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Tuesday it had issued drilling leases on more than 400,000 acres (160,000 hectares) of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), delivering on a promise to fossil-fuel proponents on President Donald Trump’s last full day in office.Formal issuance of the leases by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management came a day before the inauguration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who has pledged to protect the 19.6-million-acre (7.9-million-hectare) habitat for polar bears and caribou and to ban new oil and gas leasing on federal lands.Lease...

Jan 19
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U.S. nets $46,000 on Trump's California oil, gas drilling auction

U.S. nets $46,000 on Trump's California oil, gas drilling auction

By (Reuters) -U.S. taxpayers netted less than $50,000 on Thursday in bids for oil and gas leases in California as the Trump administration held the first federal drilling auction since 2012 in the Democratic and environmentally minded state.Slideshow The auction for drilling rights on seven parcels covering 4,100 acres (16.6 square kilometers) generated $46,148.64, according to results on the auction site EnergyNet.The average price per acre was $11, far below the nearly $330-an-acre average price federal lease sales have generated throughout the Trump administration, according to data...

Dec 10
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California to ban sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles starting 2035

California to ban sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles starting 2035

By , WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California plans to ban the sale of new gasoline powered passenger cars and trucks starting in 2035 as the top U.S. auto market shifts to electric vehicles to reduce climate-warming emissions, Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday.The move is the most significant yet by a U.S. state aimed at ending the use of fossil fuel-burning internal combustion engines, and clashes with the pro-fossil fuel policies of the Trump White House.Newsom declared earlier this month he would step up the state’s already aggressive efforts to combat climate change amid a...

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Sep 23
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Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge

Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge

United States (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday finalized a plan to allow oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, putting it on track to issue decades-long leases in the pristine wilderness area before a potential change in U.S. leadership. The energy industry and Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy said opening ANWR to drilling would create jobs and boost the state’s economy, which is reliant on oil production. Democrats including presidential hopeful Joe Biden and green groups criticized the move as a giveaway to Big Oil that would harm the Arctic’s...

August 17, 2020
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Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

Special Report: Millions of abandoned oil wells are leaking methane, a climate menace

United States SALYERSVILLE, Kentucky (Reuters) - In May 2012, Hanson and Michael Rowe noticed an overpowering smell, like rotten eggs, seeping from an abandoned gas well on their land in Kentucky. The fumes made the retired couple feel nauseous, dizzy, and short of breath. Regulators responding to the leak couldn’t find an owner to fix it. J.D. Carty Resources LLC had drilled the well near the Rowes’ home in 2006 - promising the family a 12.5% royalty and free natural gas, which they never got. But Carty went bust in 2008 and sold the site to a company that was later acquired by Blue Energy...

June 16, 2020
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