energy

June 17, 2019

Scientific literacy - the understanding of scientific concepts and processes - is a major goal of K-12 schooling. The National Science Education Standards, established to guide science education in primary and secondary schools, say the knowledge is necessary “for personal decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.”

June 12, 2019

An almost unlimited supply of electricity could be generated on the moon’s surface by huge arrays of solar cells and beamed to Earth by laser. Sunlight falling on a crater … could produce from 10,000 to 100,000 megawatts of power.

June 11, 2019

America’s energy revolution has changed the global landscape. The U.S. is now the No. 1 producer of oil and natural gas. Additionally, this market-driven success has helped our nation achieve significant emission reductions. According to Energy Information Administration data, U.S. carbon emissions are the lowest they have been in nearly seven decades.

June 05, 2019

Calling for a "clean energy revolution," the former vice president lays out a path to invest $5 trillion over 10 years to achieve the renewable energy goals. Nearly $1.7 trillion of that would be federal dollars, which Biden's campaign says will be paid by undoing the tax cuts enacted by President Trump and congressional Republicans.

May 31, 2019

The Trump administration is committed to making fossil fuels cleaner rather than imposing “draconian” regulations on coal and oil, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday at an energy conference in Salt Lake City. Perry previously said the administration wants to spend a half-billion dollars next year on fossil fuel research and development as demand plummets for coal and surges for natural gas.

May 27, 2019

As partisan gridlock on a few high-profile issues dominates headlines, it is easy to lose sight of goals members of both parties share. For us, one bipartisan goal is protecting America’s longstanding leadership on nuclear energy. Our bipartisan work comes as American nuclear energy leadership faces stiff headwinds. Nuclear plants are shuttering nationwide due to competition from cheap natural gas.

May 22, 2019

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is introducing a bill Wednesday to boost the reliability of wind and solar electricity, one of the first of what may be several Republican energy bills in the pipeline. Collins’s bill looks to provide $60 million annually for five years toward developing batteries and other types of next-generation storage as a backstop for intermittent generation.

May 16, 2019

Bipartisanship is a rare but critical commodity in Washington these days. So, it’s all the more laudable that a recently introduced Senate bill will promote U.S. production of minerals and materials critical to clean energy and electric vehicle value chains. The Minerals Security Act is an important first step in recognizing  -- and responding to -- the fact that China is outcompeting the U.S in the transition to new energy technologies and vehicles.

May 15, 2019

After decades of energy dependence, the United States became the largest energy producer in the world in 2018, topping Saudi Arabia and Russia in the production of crude oil and natural gas. Five years ago, U.S. LNG exports were virtually non-existent, with the exception of pipelines between the United States, Mexico and Canada. By 2020, the Energy Information Agency projects the United States will become a net exporter of energy for the first time since the 1950s.

May 08, 2019

Recently, the Australia-based firm Battery Mineral Resources Ltd. asked the federal government for permission to drill four exploratory wells to see if the hot, salty brine beneath the valley floor contains economically viable concentrations of lithium. The soft, silvery-white metal is a key component of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and is crucial to the production of electric and hybrid vehicles.

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