Japan’s New Fukushima Plan: Dumping Radioactive Wastewater Into the Sea

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The Japanese government said Tuesday that it would start releasing contaminated water from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster into the Pacific Ocean, outlining a long-expected plan that is, understandably, upsetting a whole lot of people.
 

Texas Wind Energy Set a Record—But Republicans Are Still Trying to Squash It

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In terms of numbers, wind generated 10.4 million megawatt-hours of power in March—a huge 2 million MWh step up from its previous record, set just last December.
 

The Climate Deniers Regulating Texas Oil and Gas Have Somehow Avoided Blackout Scrutiny

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Texas’ blackouts were, experts agree, the result of multiple failures in the energy system, including failures of oil and gas infrastructure.

How to Ensure Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Is Accessible to Everyone

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The report examines transportation electrifications plans from utilities across the country to see which areas are preparing to bring diverse communities along with the new wave of electric vehicles—and which regions may be underprepared.

More U.S. Coal Power Retired Under Trump Than in Obama's Second Term

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Trump’s only been out of office for a couple months, but it’s kind of wild to remember just how hard Trump worked to do favors for the coal industry.

Utility That Funded a Racist Ad Campaign Tweets How It Remains ‘Committed’ to Antiracism

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But what FirstEnergy didn’t mention in its tweet is that less than two years ago, it funded an incredibly racist ad campaign that claimed the Chinese government was trying to steal American jobs and personal information and infiltrate our energy grid.

Joe Biden's Offshore Wind Plan Is Radically Ambitious and Wholly Achievable

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If President Joe Biden has his way, the U.S. is about to go all in on offshore wind power.

Texas Lawmakers Are Using the Blackouts to Make Fossil Fuel Dreams Come True

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But the ideas regurgitated in some of these bills, which would boost up fossil fuels while harming renewables, weren’t conceived wholesale in response to what actually happened in February.

What In Tarnation Are Texas Power Companies Hiding?

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Local Houston station KHOU reported last week that “numerous” requests for information on the Texas blackout crisis that media companies filed with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, have been repeatedly blocked as power companies claim that the information is too sensitive to be made public.

A Renewable Energy Bill Is Fueling a Fight Over Local Control in Indiana

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According to the bills’ supporters, the local ordinances against renewable energy are becoming a problem.

Indonesian Oil Refinery Ablaze After Massive Explosion

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A massive blaze lit up at an Indonesia oil refinery in the wee hours of Monday morning, sparking continuous flames for hours.

Iowa's Former Nuclear Plant Could Soon Be a Solar Farm

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Last summer, powerful winds from a derecho took Iowa’s only nuclear power plant out of commission.

The U.S. Leads The Way in Citywide Fossil Fuel Bans

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In a cool and rare moment for the U.S., it’s a leader in something that may actually do some good for the planet.

The Myth of ‘Clean Coal’ Might Finally Die

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News spread this week that the investigative arm of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, is looking into the “clean coal” tax credit, which generates $1 billion in income for producers around the country each year.

Why Your Boring Utility Bill Is Much More Important Than You Think

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But more often than not, our utility bills reflect how big money and special interests are at play in a complex and opaque set of rulemaking that affects us all.

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