In a memorable early scene of the inaugural episode of AMC’s thriller series The Walking Dead, the show’s main protagonist Rick Grimes makes his way past a miles long traffic jam on Atlanta’s I-85. The cars had been abandoned due to a zombie apocalypse, and Grimes was left to travel into the city by horseback.
Last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its latest annual forecast of U.S. energy, the Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018). This year’s edition goes out to 2050 and provides a look at where the agency thinks production, consumption, imports, and exports of all major energy sources in the United States are headed.
Among the countless issues and storylines that drove the historic 2016 presidential election, few if any drew a more striking contrast than the Trump and Clinton campaigns’ respective approach to energy policy, and coal in particular. Mrs.
Yogi Berra once famously said “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” If he had been talking about EPA’s Regional Haze regulations, he could have been talking about a whole lot more nickels--$2 billion dollars worth to be exact.
The conventional wisdom has been that there was simply no appetite in Congress this year to take meaningful, effective steps to address climate change. It’s argued that the issue is not a priority for the Trump Administration, and there has seemingly been far too much division on Capitol Hill for Republicans and Democrats to work together on this important issue.