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The paradigm shift that Roberts undertakes here is to envision building a renewable energy-based grid from the bottom up, rather than trying to pound the square pegs of solar and wind power into the round holes of today's power sources.
Not that long ago, consumers had to jump through numerous hoops to figure out how to install solar panels on their homes. Now, solar companies are investing their resources trying to sell their products to us!
In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan turns toward energy efficiency and renewable energy to power its future.
Evidence is rolling in from all quarters that Americans do not want more sprawl-style housing and will not demand it any time in the foreseeable future – unless they are left with no alternatives.
Frontier Group's latest report takes a closer look at the risks of drilling in and extracting gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale -- and how close gas extraction sites are to vulnerable Pennsylvanians at day care facilities, schools and hospitals.
When gas prices last spiked, in late 2008, I was hurting. At the time, I had a half-hour drive to work every day—no way around it. And so, as gas prices went up past $3, topping out close to $4, I was paying out hundreds of dollars I hadn’t planned to spend—just like millions of other Americans.
Predicting the future by drawing a straight line extrapolating past results isn’t good enough when billions of transportation dollars - and our nation's energy future - are at stake. We may not know everything about the recent changes in trends regarding driving and car ownership, but we know more than enough to question the traditional assumptions that govern the planning of our transportation system.
I’ve long known that economic forecasting is as much art as science, and that forecasts should be viewed skeptically. A recent chart I compiled, however, really drove home this point.
Our latest report evaluates Maryland's progress toward achieving its energy efficiency goals.
The many safety, security, cost and reliability concerns with nuclear power suggest that the nation should move urgently toward development of a cleaner, balanced and reliable electricity system built on the efficient use of renewable resources.
It’s worth taking a step back to contemplate the real question at the heart of the nuclear power debate: are we willing to risk the possibility – however remote – that an event like the Fukushima Daiichi disaster could happen here?
One in three Americans lives within 50 miles of a nuclear power plant. The American government has told its citizens in Japan to evacuate this distance from the stricken Fukushima reactors. This post presents a map of all 65 U.S. nuclear power plants, with population statistics.
The unfolding nuclear emergency in Japan has raised questions amongst the staff of Public Interest Network organizations and in our own communities. We have prepared this factsheet to attempt to provide answers where information is available.
The Safe Energy Advocate at U.S. PIRG, Johanna Neumann, made an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball" on Friday evening, and again on Monday evening.
In the aftermath of the earthquake and nuclear crisis in Japan, Americans are asking, "Do we need nuclear power to keep the lights on?" The answer: No. We have vast safe energy resources that can do a better job. We can stop re-licensing existing plants and stop building new plants and still have a reliable electricity system.
Nuclear power is expensive and a bad investment.
Frontier Group has worked to point out the downsides of nuclear power for a decade.
The crisis in Japan is a sobering reminder that nuclear power is dangerous. It is not hard to imagine a nuclear crisis developing at any reactor under extreme circumstances.
The possibility of a Fukushima-like loss of coolant to spent fuel pools - and ensuing release of radiation - is quite real in the United States.
The Fukushima disaster is likely to cast a long public health shadow. The long-lasting impact of radiation from Fukushima is very relevant to the question of whether nuclear power plants represent an unwarranted and unnecessary risk to health. For that reason, the fact that the Fukushima disaster has not yet risen to the level of horror of Chernobyl offers very little comfort.