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Why America can’t afford an ‘all of the above’ energy policy

It’s a reliable tell: Politicians and pundits who want to sound like boosters of clean, safe, renewable energy, while clinging to dirty, dangerous energy sources like fossil fuels and nuclear power...

Confronting the myth of carbon-free fossil fuels: Why carbon capture is not a climate solution

The world is confronting a climate emergency. Avoiding climate catastrophe requires immediate and dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that are possible only with a significant investment...

Nuclear Industry Politics: Bribes, Corruption and Lies

The U.S. nuclear industry knows it can't compete fairly on the open market with safe, clean, cost-effective renewable energy sources like solar, wind and storage batteries, so it's turning to illegal...

In Pandemic-Triggered Economic Crisis, Millions of Americans Struggle To Pay Utility Bills

The economic meltdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic means that legions of Americans are struggling to pay their utility bills. As with other impacts of the pandemic, the federal government has...

Deep in the Heart of Texas, the Pandemic Threatens Renewable Energy

When you think of energy and Texas, you think of oil. But besides being the leading oil and natural gas production and refining state, Texas is also a national leader in renewable energy.

There They Go Again: Energy Department Disses the Future of Renewables

Each year, the federal Energy Information Administration projects the nation's electric power mix out to 2050. And every year, the agency gives short shrift to wind and solar power while forecasting...

In the Southeast, ‘Public Energy Enemy No.1’ Has Lots of Company

EWG and our allies have branded Duke Energy as Public Energy Enemy No. 1 for its short-sighted strategy of continuing to build expensive, polluting coal and natural gas plants instead of fully...

Feds Seek to Gut Law Boosting Small-Scale Renewables

Since 1978, the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Act has boosted renewable energy by requiring big utilities to buy some power from small solar and wind companies. PURPA reduces the nation's...

Natural Gas: A 'Bridge' to a Hotter Climate, Bigger Utility Bills and More Threats to Public Health

For decades, big utilities and the fossil fuel industry have touted natural gas as a cheap, lower-pollution fuel that provides a “bridge” from coal and oil to clean renewable energy. That notion has...

Federal Energy Subsidies: What Are We Getting for Our Money?

Through tax breaks, funding for research and development, and other federal government programs and policies, American taxpayers subsidize the spectrum of energy sources: oil, natural gas, coal...

As the Climate Crisis Accelerates, Big Utilities Go Slower on Cutting Carbon Emissions

Just when carbon emissions must be rapidly slashed to combat the climate crisis, in coming years some of the biggest U.S electric utilities will move more slowly to cut carbon pollution, according to...

Duke Energy Refuses to Acknowledge the New Realities of the Electricity Market

Duke Energy's new 20-year plan for generating power for its 840,000 Indiana customers shows why the nation's largest electric utility is Public Energy Enemy No. 1. It continues the utility's outdated...

A Bill of Rights To Keep Utilities From Penalizing Solar Customers

Duke Energy, the largest investor-owned electric utility in the U.S., wants to charge customers in South Carolina more for using less energy. Duke is asking state regulators for permission to more...

Why Does the Energy Department Downplay the Future of Renewables?

Each January, the Energy Department publishes a forecast of the nation's energy use from different sources for the coming year and beyond. The 2019 Annual Energy Outlook from the department's Energy...

Is 100 Percent Renewable Energy for the U.S. Possible? Yes.

Across America, devastating hurricanes, hellish wildfires, deadly heat waves and other disasters have brought the climate change crisis close to home. In response, more than 100 cities, counties and...

The Myth of ‘Clean’ Natural Gas

Electric utilities often tout natural gas as a clean fuel – an essential weapon in the fight against global warming. Even if they admit the need to replace fossil fuels with solar and wind power...

The Economic Viability of Nuclear Power Is Only Going Down

Last year the Trump administration's Energy Department announced the launch of a media campaign to counter what an official called “misinformation” about nuclear power. We haven't noticed an upsurge...

Hurricane Florence Knocked Out N.C. Coal and Nuclear Plants, but Solar and Wind Were Back Online the Next Day

As Hurricane Florence approached North Carolina last month, Duke Energy was busy securing power plants to weather the storm.

Trump Says He’ll Save Coal Power Plants, But Even Utilities Know He’s Blowing Smoke

The Trump administration's latest idea to “bring back coal” is to let individual states decide how – or even whether – to cut air pollution from coal-burning power plants. The plan is meant to...

Big Utilities Scheme to Make Solar Customers Pay More

When homeowners install rooftop solar panels, their electricity bills go down. That's a threat to the profit margins of big utility companies, and in response they are scheming to undermine the...

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