Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, renewable… Read more

The Real Impact of Fracking

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Ava Mohsenin, Current student at McGill University: The environmental effects of shale gas are varied—wide ranges of importance and risk level. First,… Read more

The Whole US Energy Picture in a Single Chart (Almost)
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has released their annual US energy consumption chart (Click for larger image). Yes, it looks like spaghetti, but it contains a lot of useful information. It shows, on one page, how much energy we used in 2016, and specifically, what sources we got it from and what we used… Read more

Vladimir Putin visits Arctic to reaffirm Russia’s claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited an area in the Arctic archipelago as part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region. On a tour on the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a sprawling collection of islands where the Russian military has recently built a new runway and worked to open a permanent base,… Read more

Beijing moves into all clean energy era

Unit supervisor Liu Yong of Huaneng Group shuts down the last coal-fired power plant in Beijing on Saturday. [Photo by Yuan Yi/For China Daily] Beijing shut down its last large-scale coal-fired power plant on Saturday, meaning that the capital now uses only clean energy for all electricity and heating. The measure, which was announced in the… Read more

Easing of rule on auto fuel economy standards

President Trump will announce Wednesday that he’s reopening a review of Obama-era fuel economy rules, after the EPA broke an agreement with the auto industry last year and accelerated the final tailpipe emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Mr. Trump is traveling to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he’ll grant the regulatory reprieve for the industry in… Read more

Energy security requires not going ‘green’

If you listen to the media narrative on climate change and “clean energy,” you’d think that the rest of the world has moved smartly and seamlessly toward 21st-century green energy, while the U.S. is the high-polluting laggard that just won’t get with the program to save the planet. Think again. The green energy revolution around the… Read more

OPEC vs. US Oil – Is a Collision Looming?

The U.S. oil industry is making a steady comeback by advancing various projects and pipelines across the country, as well as increasing its production of shale output. With this, OPEC is taking note of the global oil production and their future decisions may be changing direction based on the progress made by the U.S. OPEC and… Read more