U.S. gas prices drop to multi-decade lows, forcing drilling rein-in

U.S. gas prices plunged below $2/MMBtu this winter, largely because of warm weather. Gas companies unable to turn a profit are slashing drilling plans.

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Biden Administration’s $7bn hydrogen hubs bring climate risk

The U.S. grants for several blue "hydrogen hub" concepts risk promoting a dirty and expensive technology, critics say. But upcoming hydrogen subsidy rules could still build a cleaner green hydrogen industry.

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Canada prepares emissions cap for oil and gas sector

After repeatedly missing climate targets in recent years, Canada’s oil and gas sector emissions cap could be “groundbreaking.” But the industry is fighting to weaken it.

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Gas stoves emit benzene equivalent to secondhand smoke

Benzene is a known human carcinogen, with clear links to cancer. A new study finds alarming levels of benzene emitted from normally-functioning gas stoves.

Mountain Valley Pipeline

U.S. okays Mountain Valley Pipeline in unprecedented move

Debt negotiations resulted in the approval of the Mountain Valley Pipeline, an unusual move that shows a “failure of governance” and “a lack of integrity in the whole process,” according to critics.

New York gas ban

New York gas ban in new buildings a milestone

New York gas ban: it became the first U.S. state to ban gas in new building construction, beginning in 2026. It is the latest and most substantial victory for a nationwide effort to decarbonise buildings.

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Alberta renewable energy projects blocked

The fast-growing Alberta renewable energy sector is at risk, after the Canadian province recently slapped a moratorium on new projects.

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U.S. renewables beats fossil fuels on cost of energy

A cost-of-energy analysis of different sources of electricity generation shows that solar, wind, and batteries offer some of the cheapest sources of power on offer. Still, there are challenges slowing faster deployment.

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Surprise midterm results boost U.S. climate change policy

An expected Republican wave did not materialize, which solidifies some U.S. climate change policy even as the U.S. needs more action to hit its targets.

Renewables grow fast despite supply bottlenecks

Europe has unveiled new plans to speed up renewables, while the U.S. sees headwinds.

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“Nation-leading” order: Massachusetts tells gas utilities to electrify

Utility regulators rejected renewable natural gas and hydrogen as climate solutions, and ordered gas utilities to align their investments with climate laws. That may force gas utilities towards electrification.

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COP28: flurry of climate pledges, but phaseout showdown looms

In the first week of COP28, the U.S. and Canada announced or joined a long list of climate initiatives. But both countries, along with other major producers, are reluctant to commit to the larger task of phasing out fossil fuels.

IEA report

U.S. renewables beats fossil fuels on cost of energy

A cost-of-energy analysis of different sources of electricity generation shows that solar, wind, and batteries offer some of the cheapest sources of power on offer. Still, there are challenges slowing faster deployment.

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ExxonMobil algae biofuel exit does not deter investors

Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures has announced a new investment in a biofuels company, in spite of the ExxonMobil algae biofuel exit late last year But critics say the technology has long featured in oil industry greenwashing campaigns and is far from a commercial reality.

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Surprise midterm results boost U.S. climate change policy

An expected Republican wave did not materialize, which solidifies some U.S. climate change policy even as the U.S. needs more action to hit its targets.

Historic climate law will cut US emissions

Huge investments in renewable energy will accelerate transition, but climate justice advocates voice concerns about being left behind.

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ExxonMobil lawsuit signals turning point in climate shareholder activism

The ExxonMobil lawsuit represents a first of its kind but is happening against the backdrop of a wider pushback against climate activism by energy companies.

Biden slams brakes on new U.S. LNG approvals

The White House said it was freezing permit approvals for all new proposed U.S. LNG export projects, citing a need to overhaul the regulatory process. Climate groups called it a “massive win.”

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New wave of U.S. LNG could be delayed by Biden

There is commercial momentum for another half dozen U.S. LNG projects, according to analysts. But environmental groups are ratcheting up the pressure on President Biden to halt new permits.

COP28

U.S.-China host methane summit, but fossil fuel phaseout needed

The U.S. and China are holding an event at COP28 on methane emissions. While progress on methane is welcome, experts warn that the reluctance to curb fossil fuel production is making the methane crisis worse.