Stephen Lacey

Stephen Lacey is a reporter with Climate Progress covering clean energy issues. He formerly worked as a producer/editor at RenewableEnergyWorld.com.

Green Home

House fit for a green: Sustainable home construction booms

With the value of the residential green building market expected to grow fivefold by 2016, builders say going green is great for their business.

Oil

Even the Saudi oil minister says oil doesn’t create jobs

Ali Al-Naimi also called global warming one of "humanity's most pressing concerns," and advocated for renewable energy investment. When the Saudis are no longer hyped on oil, you know something's got to change.

Coal

U.S. government downgrades projections for coal. Again.

Coal generation keeps falling faster than government predictions, which don't even account for other factors affecting its decline. Could the reign of coal finally be over?

Renewable Energy

Fear and polluting on the campaign trail: Clean energy needs to hit back

Instead of striving to stay above political brawls, in 2012 the clean-energy industry needs to fight back against right-wing trash talk.

Oil

Former pipeline inspector calls Keystone XL a potential ‘disaster’

A whistleblower claims that TransCanada has a track record of undercutting quality at the expense of the environment.

Climate Change

‘Like being on steroids': PBS links extreme weather to climate

Mainstream news outlets spend a lot of time covering weather-related disasters, but not much time on climate change. PBS bucks the trend.

Renewable Energy

Top 10 clean energy stories of 2011

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. What an odd year. While businesses around the world were making record-level investments in renewables and efficiency, a growing number of conservative politicians and members of the American media punditry — lead by the outrageously ignorant “reporting” by Fox News — have been foolishly projecting (even cheering on) the demise of the sector. Aside from the mind-boggling disparity between the science and politics of climate change, I’ve never seen such a large gap between perception and what’s actually happening on the ground. Of course, we can’t ignore the enormous challenges — from cheap natural gas to relentless …

Oil

Photos don’t lie: See the dramatic expansion of Canadian tar sands

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. Extraction of Alberta’s energy-intensive tar sands has expanded steadily in recent years, with about 232 square miles now exposed by mining operations. Tar-sands production is expected to double over the next decade, which could mean the destruction of 740,000 acres of boreal forest and a 30-percent increase in carbon emissions from Canada’s oil and gas sector. New satellite images show the dramatic expansion that has taken place from 2001 through 2011: Photos: Robert Simmon, NASA/Landsat/USGS So what’s the actual impact on the ground? Here’s what happens when you turn a carbon sink like the Boreal Forest …

Energy Policy

Vermont’s ‘energy secession’ goal: 90 percent renewables by 2050

Renewable energy could become a standard part of Vermont’s idyllic image.Photo: Sterling CollegeCross-posted from Climate Progress. Vermont is known for its lush Green Mountains, idyllic farm landscapes, and progressive politics. What many people may not realize is that Vermont has a pretty active secessionist movement too. Vermont isn’t likely to secede from the U.S. But it is undertaking an ambitious renewable energy program that could at least put it on a path toward “energy secession” — developing a road map for procuring 90 percent of its heat, electricity, and fuels from renewables by 2050. Under Vermont’s new governor, Peter Shumlin, …

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