All articles from David J. Unger

  • New Obama climate push: Let them make power

    The White House unveiled a package of energy initiatives Monday that emphasize an oft-overlooked component of the 21st-century energy shift: namely, that more and more everyday citizens are producing their own electricity. 

  • EPA targets methane, that other greenhouse gas

    The Obama administration proposed the first national rules Tuesday to limit emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry. The chemical compound is second only to carbon dioxide among the country's most prevalent greenhouse gases.

  • Why Obama is doubling down on new climate change plan (+video)

    President Obama's ambitious new climate rules reflect an administration emboldened by recent victories on both domestic and global issues.

  • Hillary Clinton has big plans for solar power. Are they achievable? (+video)

    Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton rolled out an ambitious plan late Sunday to decarbonize the US power sector, the first of what her campaign says will be a series of energy and climate policy announcements.

  • Obama and Africa's energy potential [Recharge]

    President Obama visits Africa as energy shortages continue to challenge much of the continent; China makes a splash in the East China Sea; Shell gets a green light to drill in the Arctic. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge. 

  • Oil prices on the slide again [Recharge]

    Signs of lackluster demand have sent oil prices falling again; Rising oil supply isn't helping matters, either; Meanwhile in Washington, President Obama's climate plan comes under fire. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • EPA chief: New climate rules are safe from courts, Congress

    EPA's Clean Power Plan will survive challenges in court, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday at a Monitor-hosted event. Ms. McCarthy said the agency wrote its rules – which would cut US power plant emissions 30 percent by 2030 – with legal challenges in mind.

  • A landmark ruling on climate change [Recharge]

    A court orders the Dutch government to speed up climate efforts; GOP pushback on EPA’s Clean Power Plan gains traction; Russia moves forward with another plan to bypass Ukraine in shipping gas to Europe. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Pope Francis and climate change [Recharge]

    Pope Francis reignites the moral aspect of energy and climate debates. A new report warns the world will blow past its climate goals. Iraq's oil boom persist against all odds. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.  

  • China's surprising climate progress [Recharge]

    China is ahead of schedule on climate change, a new study shows; G7 leaders call for global decarbonization; the US takes the lead on oil production. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • OPEC maintains output. Is anyone steering oil markets? (+video)

    The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced it would keep oil output unchanged during its meeting Friday. That inaction won't answer any of the myriad questions surrounding the future of the world's most dominant fuel.

  • Dear UN, put a price on carbon. Yours truly, Big Oil. (+video)

    Major European oil firms have called on world leaders to put a global price on carbon. It's a sign of growing unity around a potential tool for slowing climate change, but not everyone is on board.

  • How secure is global oil? [Recharge]

    US oil abundance helps to counteract vulnerabilities in the Middle East; the Obama Administration opens up a second front in environmental policy; North America reimagines energy trade. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Can US meet its climate goals? New study says ‘Yes’

    Ahead of global climate talks in December, a new study outlines how the US can meet its ambitious goals to cut back on carbon emissions.

  • Putting a price on cheap energy [Recharge]

    An IMF study examines global energy subsidies; China cuts back on coal; World leaders set the table for Paris climate talks. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Back to the Arctic for oil and gas [Recharge]

    Shell gets a green light to return to the Arctic; What TPP means for LNG; The shale boom slows down. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Pacific trade deal or no, Japan eyes US gas riches

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal could accelerate and expand energy US-Japan energy trade as Japan looks to fill a gap left by a nuclear power ban. But with or without TPP, analysts say Japan is poised to buy a lot of US natural gas.

  • Energy in the age of disruption [Recharge]

    Technology breakthroughs challenge the future of oil; Conservatives shape energy policy in the UK; Solar power's potential hangs in the balance. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Missing pieces and the future of energy [Recharge]

    Tesla Motors goes big on batteries; Oil prices have a fragile rally; Japan backslides on climate efforts. Stay current on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Harvard and Bill Gates targeted: What's behind the fossil fuel divestment push?

    In the 1980s, it was apartheid.  Now, divestment is being used to target fossil fuelsIn April, a group of Harvard University students called on the school to divest its $36 billion endowment of fossil fuel companies. They are part of a growing movement that is putting pressure on coal, oil, and natural gas companies.The Guardian launched a "Keep it in the Ground" campaign in mid-March to get The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Welcome Fund (a medical charity) to divest its $43.5 billion endowment from fossil fuel assets.

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