Trump appoints new head of the EPA, a denier of climate change

Scott Pruitt tapped to lead the EPA for the Trump Administration Difficult days may be ahead for energy policy and environmental efforts in the United States. President-elect Donald Trump has been working to fill out his administration, appointing several people to positions of power that could dictate the course of existing programs in the future. Trump has selected Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision has sparked significant controversy, particularly among environmentalist groups, as Pruitt has been a longstanding…

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Honda set to launch the Clarity Fuel Cell before the end of the year

Honda is releasing its new fuel cell vehicle before 2016 comes to a close Honda has plans to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, before the end of this year and the first three of these vehicles have already received their license plates. The Clarity Fuel Cell is considered one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has given the Clarity fuel Cell with a range rating of 366 miles and the vehicle can travel…

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Hyundai’s Ioniq ranked as the most fuel efficient fuel cell vehicle

New Ioniq wins a major victory in the United States South Korean automaker Hyundai has achieved a major victory with its new electric sedan, called the Ioniq. The company has been promoting its latest fuel cell vehicle for a relatively short period of time, but this vehicle has already garnered significant praise. Much of this praise comes from the United States, where the Ioniq has been dubbed the most efficient electric vehicle every produced. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims that the Ioniq is even more efficient than its competitors…

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EPA gives Honda’s new fuel cell vehicle an efficiency rating

Clarity wins a favorable rating from the EPA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided the new Honda Clarity fuel cell vehicle with an efficiency rating. Honda already has a fuel cell vehicle on offer in California, but only to lease. The automaker has found modest success with its fuel cell vehicle and the company plans to launch a new version of the Clarity in the near future. One of the appeals of hydrogen fuel cells is their acclaimed efficiency, which is something that has been highlighted by the EPA…

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Shade balls help water conservation efforts in California

Millions of small black balls have been released into Los Angeles Reservoir to help save water. Water conservation in California continues to become more important as it seems that there is no end in sight for the state’s devastating drought, which has reached its fourth year. Last week, in L.A., the final step in a $34.5 million water quality project, which involved the release of millions of small black plastic balls, called “shade balls”, in the Los Angeles Reservoir, was deployed. The goal of the project is to prevent water…

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Obama announces revised plan for combating climate change

A new Clean Power Plan will make bigger cuts in greenhouse gas emissions than expected. U.S. President Barack Obama and the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) announced a new Clean Power Plan on Monday, which calls for steeper carbon pollution cuts from American power plants, than has been previously expected, to help combat climate change. The plan will also grant states more time and expand their options to meet the new requirements. The new plan will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants by almost a third within 15 years.…

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Fighting climate change may have major economic benefits

EPA report highlights the dangers associated with climate change Several billions of dollars in economic benefits may be generated through the implementation of international climate policies, according to a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Climate change has become a significant concern for several countries in recent years and, as such, these countries have begun targeting emissions as a way to mitigate the impact of the phenomenon. While fighting climate change may be expensive, efforts being made currently could have profound economic impact in the future. Droughts, wildfires,…

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Toyota hydrogen fuel vehicle receives rating from EPA

EPA issues official rating for Toyota’s Mirai Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, has received an official rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA attributes ratings to all vehicles that are released in the country and these ratings have to do with the fuel efficiency of these vehicles. Efficiency has been a topic of interest for those that have been considering purchasing a fuel cell vehicle. Some have expressed concerns that fuel cell vehicles may not be as efficient as their battery-powered counterparts. Mirai set to…

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Renewable energy industry to grow based on cost alone

Report shows that the clean energy business will experience healthy growth even without supportive policies A new report from the Advanced Energy Economy Institute suggests that the renewable energy industry will continue to grow through the coming years on the basis of cost alone. The report notes that supportive policies have had a beneficial impact on the industry, but the industry would continue to grow even in the absence of these policies. This is due to the rapidly dropping cost of various forms of renewable energy. As these costs continue…

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Fracking does not contaminate water, according to EPA study

A long-anticipated study from the EPA says hydraulic fracturing is not a threat to drinking water. One of the biggest ongoing debates regarding hydraulic fracturing – the controversial oil and natural gas extraction process better known as fracking – is whether or not it contaminates aquifers with potentially harmful chemicals, which are used in the liquid mixture of water, sand and chemicals that is pumped into the ground to break up the rock below. While many believe that hydrofracturing does put the public’s drinking water supply at risk of contamination,…

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EPA plans to release details about its new renewable energy plan this summer

Agency to unveil details concerning the Clean Power Plan in the coming months The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release details of its upcoming Clean Power Plan this summer. The plan represents the first time the United States will make a concerted effort to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and slow the advance of climate change. One of the key initiatives of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 30% of what they were in 2005 by 2030. Energy Information Administration reports on…

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Waste to energy gains momentum in Ireland

Less Irish waste is heading to the landfill and more is being converted into energy. According to data recently published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Republic of Ireland has had a 37% reduction of household trash dumped in landfills in 2013 compared to the previous year and the rate of waste recovery (a mixture of recycling and the recovery of energy) rose, which the EPA said is connected to an increase in more waste to energy (W2E) outlets being available and landfill levies. Trash is used to generate…

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US may be able to quadruple its renewable energy capacity

New study highlights the country’s potential to significantly increase its clean energy capacity A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists suggests that the U.S. could quadruple its renewable energy production in the next 15 years. The study claims that 23% of the country’s electrical power could come from renewable sources by 2030. The study is a response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) somewhat lax proposal that the U.S. would receive no more than 12% of its electrical power from renewable sources by 2030. Government support of clean…

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The Climate Change Controversy

A changing climate is not a comfortable subject Climate change is a hot topic, but not because everyone thinks it’s important. For the past few decades, people have been hearing about global warming and its potential side effects, but the issue has been steeped in controversy for nearly as long. Global warming is still referred to today, but it is more commonly linked to the overarching matter of climate change as one of the most prominent side effects of this phenomenon. Climate change itself is more controversial than global warming…

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EPA rules focused on emissions reduction could make vehicles more expensive

New EPA rules could have implications regarding the cost of vehicles The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been proposing changes to its regulations regarding the emissions produced by various industries within the United States. The federal agency recently instituted regulations that aim to cut down on the emissions produced by the country’s power plants and is now turning its focus on to the transportation sector. The agency aims to introduce new rules to the transportation sector concerning the way vehicles are built and placing a limit on the emissions they…

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New EPA rules focus on emissions reduction for power plants

EPA institutes new rules targeting the country’s power plants Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to tackle carbon emissions produced by the country’s power plants. The vast majority of the country’s electrical power is currently produced by power plants burning fossil-fuels. These facilities are responsible for a significant amount of emissions and the federal agency is keen to place a limit on the emissions that these power plants produce on a yearly basis. The EPA believes that more stringent regulation of these emissions will help the U.S.…

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