A changing climate may be bad PR for fossil fuels, but it could help their bottom line. Two major coal companies released earnings reports in late July stating how higher temperatures could mean more energy use, which could ease some coal stockpiles.
Natural gas has lower emissions than other fossil fuels, and so it is often touted as a “bridge fuel” to ease our country’s transition from big polluters like coal and oil to a cleaner, greener, low-carbon energy future. But methane leaks as a result of natural gas production may put that clean gas bridge in doubt.
President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement provoked a rash of fierce reaction from across the country. Some states applauded the move, while many more criticized both the decision and Trump’s rationale for withdrawing. Inside Energy has collected reaction from throughout the country and next steps.
Wyoming’s new Science Standards for schools are encouraging kids to make up their own minds about climate change. Recently, a group of Laramie middle schoolers tackled the issue of the environmental impacts of energy development in Wyoming.
A one size fits all national science curriculum has often been controversial. For states that rely on fossil fuels, for instance, teaching that the climate is changing and humans are to blame can rile people up. This school year, for the first time, Wyoming kids are learning about climate change using science standards adapted to Wyoming realities. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards reports for Inside Energy.
The Obama administration imposed strict carbon emissions limits on states. But that rule’s likely to be undone when Donald Trump assumes the presidency. So states like North Dakota are wondering what’s next for emissions, and moving forward with plans of their own.
What will the electricity of the future look like? And how big of a difference will the Clean Power Plan make? This interactive graphic lets you explore our power-mix in the 2030, both with and without the CPP.
Inside Energy recently made a video about what the Clean Power Plan means for you. In that video, we used a lot of numbers: 98 quadrillion Btu (the total energy used in the United States last year), 100 lightning bolts (the amount of energy each American used last year…ish), 150,000 (the number of people employed in the U.S. Coal industry), and more. In the video, we had mere seconds to share those numbers. But at Inside Energy, we like to get real nerdy about energy. So we’re sharing the stories behind those numbers.