Guest post by Dave Anderson of the Energy and Policy Institute.
Travis Fisher, a Trump political appointee in the Department of Energy, wrote a 2015 report for the Institute for Energy Research that called clean energy policies “the single greatest emerging threat” to the nation’s electric power grid, and a greater threat to electric reliability than cyber attacks, terrorism, or extreme weather. Continue reading “Travis Fisher: Koch-Affiliate Author of Rick Perry’s grid study called clean energy policies a greater threat than terrorism”
President Donald Trump has reportedly tapped a longtime renewable energy antagonist with ties to the Koch brothers to lead the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Continue reading “Trump Picks Renewable Energy Hater to Run Renewable Energy Office”
Many car companies and utilities have been preparing for the inevitable transition to electric vehicles (EVs), but oil companies have been dismissive about EV potential.
Until recently. This week, at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance conference in New York City, the Chief Energy Economist of Total SA said that the company expects EVs to make up potentially 30-percent of all new vehicle sales as soon as the end of the next decade. Total is the world’s fourth largest oil and gas company and one of the world’s largest producers of crude, and hasn’t before forecast falling demand.
Yet he warned that demand for fuel oil “will flatten out” and “maybe even decline” at that point. Continue reading “Even Oil Companies Know that Electric Cars are Inevitable”
As federal support for electric vehicles (EVs) is expected to wither under the Trump administration, state-level policies will play the biggest political role in how quickly battery powered motors replace the internal combustion engine.
Yet, at this critical moment when state governments should be supporting zero-emission vehicles, many states are cutting their incentives, while others are penalizing EV drivers outright. Continue reading “States Ramp up Attacks on Incentives for Electric Vehicles”