Energy & Environment

Get ready for rising premiums on flood insurance

Congress created the NFIP in 1968, but as a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report put it, “the program was, by design, not actuarially sound.” Premiums were meant to fund the program, but the government underpriced the insurance. The program now owes the taxpayers approximately $20 billion.

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The devil in the details of FERC’s electric grid plan

Over the last nine months, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has reviewed more than a dozen compliance plans implementing Order 1000, an unprecedented restructuring of the nation’s electricity grid that mandated changes in the way regions and utilities plan and pay for new transmission. 

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The new economics of ethanol

On November 18, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed rulemaking on ethanol that is having shattering repercussions throughout the energy world.

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A time for political courage

America has made real progress toward reduced dependence on fossil fuels and more affordable renewable energy. But there is a new challenge: we must protect that progress against those who hope to undo it.

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Weight of climate change as the safety net unravels

While climate change affects communities in every state, the full weight of its impacts disproportionately falls on lower-income and other vulnerable Americans. Our nation can’t afford to let this neglect continue, especially since funding for programs meant to help them is being cruelly slashed in Washington.

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Willful ignorance at Interior?

The chief protector of America’s public lands, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel,l earlier this month claimed that natural gas and oil fracking is safe.   Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and even the president himself have made similar allegations.   The Obama administration does or should know better.

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Energy policy must respect science and state sovereignty

America has lost confidence in government because our government has lost its credibility. During the past several years, the American electorate has been misled repeatedly solely for political purposes. And the less-than-truthful statements have been about topics that cut to the heart and stir up emotions.

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