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Duke, Always Hungry to Build, Says Existing Plants Aren't Viable

This story in Tampa Bay Times focuses on Duke Energy and its interest in building new power plants over used ones. The Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions Etan Gumerman comments.

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Debating the Costs of Carbon Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed carbon-reduction regulations are spurring heated debate nationwide and in New Mexico. But so far it appears the rules will have less impact here than in other states, where utilities rely more heavily on coal-fired generation and where fewer renewable resources have been installed. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this Albuquerque Journal article.

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The Carbon Cost of Upsetting the Shore

Climate scientists know with impressive accuracy how fast carbon dioxide is increasing in the atmosphere. A decade ago, there were about 370 parts per million of the heat-trapping gas floating around; today, the number is up to 393 or so. Much of that increase comes from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil – but not all, and putting numbers on other sources is crucial to figuring out how to keep carbon emissions under control. This Business Spectator article discusses work by researchers at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions in the journal PLOS ONE.

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A Rush Before the Proof of Shale Gold ($)

In the classic film "Field of Dreams," a farmer builds a baseball diamond after hearing a premonition that "If you build it, he will come." In North Carolina, the same spirit has inspired two laws and more than 100 pages of regulations clearing the way for shale gas rigs that may never arrive. Amy Pickle, State Policy Program director, comments in this Energy & Environment Daily article.

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McCarthy Set to Make First Hill Appearance on Power Plant Rule -- But Will She Change Any Minds? ($)

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will face a Senate committee Wednesday whose members have largely already made up their minds about whether or not to support her agency's proposal to curb existing power plant greenhouse gas emissions. Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, comments in this Environment & Energy Daily story.

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Public Will Be Able To Comment On NC’s Fracking Rules At Hearings In Raleigh, Sanford and Reidsville

The North Carolina commission that is drafting rules for hydraulic fracturing will host public comment hearings next month. Members of the Mining and Energy Commission have spent nearly two years writing more than 120 rules. They cover issues including where drilling companies can frack and whether they have to disclose the chemicals they use in the process. Amy Pickle, director of the State Policy Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Mining and Energy Commission member, comments in this WUNC story.

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MEC Official Urges Public to Comment on Proposed Rules

It will be imperative for local citizens to voice opinions and concerns about hydraulic fracturing during the Mining and Energy Commission's upcoming public hearings, according to the commission's soon-to-be vice chairwoman and State Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions State Policy Program director. This Sanford Herald article details a recent meeting and upcoming meetings of the commission.

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Two-Week Summer Program In Venice Explores Impacts Of Sea Level Rise

Graduate and undergraduate students from around the world are exploring the impacts sea-level rise will have on coastal cities and areas as part of a two-week program in Venice, Italy, offered by Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Venice International University. Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, is among the instructors. 

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The Week Ahead: EPA Spending on House Agenda, Senate to Vote on FERC Nominees

Bloomberg BNA mentions the Environmental Law Institute and Duke University's Nicholas Institute workshop on "EPA's Proposed Clean Power/Clean Air Act Section 111(d) Rules July 14 in Washington. Joseph Goffman, acting assistant administrator and senior counsel for EPA's Office of Air and Radiation, will give a keynote luncheon address. 

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Nicholas School Will Welcome New Dean, New Building

The Nicholas School of the Environment will enter an era of transition this Fall with the arrival of a new dean and the completion of Environment Hall. Both the new dean and the opening of the new Environment Hall—the latter of which was made official in April—help to implement promising visions for the school's future, Brian Murray, director of the Environmental Economics Program the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and member of the University’s search committee for the selection of the new dean, told the Chronicle.

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