This Year in One Word: Change
It might not be the kind you believe in, but there was a lot of change this year in the energy and environment world.
The oil and natural gas boom is changing the energy landscape so quickly it's hard to keep up. Changes crystalized this year with fossil-fuel exports, oil production, and the electric grid's shift.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gavel is poised to change hands to one of the Democratic Party's biggest oil-industry supporters.
Change swept through the environmental community, including the departures of Natural Resources Defense Council's Frances Beinecke and Climate and Energy Solutions' Eileen Claussen. Most notably, Center for American Progress founder John Podesta is advising President Obama on climate-change issues.
On that note, Obama is now bypassing Congress entirely and going it alone with his aggressive climate-change agenda.
What will change next year?
Happy holidays, and see you back here next year!
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Energy Edge is taking a break for the holidays. It will return Jan. 6.
TOP ENERGY NEWS
By Mike Magner
THE MOST WORRIED-OVER DODD-FRANK RULE ISN'T WHAT YOU THINK. One obscure provision pits the world's most powerful oil and mining companies against human-rights groups and high-profile advocates.
INTERIOR FACES FRESH PRESSURE TO HIKE ROYALTY RATES. A group of Democrats want to force energy companies to send more money to the government when they produce coal, oil and natural gas on federal lands.
THE 10 BIGGEST SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS OF 2013. From neuroscience and microbiology to stem cells and outer space, scientists churned out results with important implications for the future.
OIL INDUSTRY TAKES AIM AT EXPORT BAN. The American Petroleum Institute flatly denies it asked another country to protest the U.S. export restrictions through the World Trade Organization.
ON BACKGROUND: ERNEST MONIZ. The Energy secretary reveals how soccer helped prepare him for his job.
DOCTORS SEEK TO BLOCK OIL REFINERY EXPANSION. A group of physicians in Utah worries that expanding one of the state's five refineries will increase air pollution.
WILL 'GREEN BULLETS' RUIN HUNTING? A California ban on lead bullets has some members of the hunting community up in arms.
FRACKING MAY MAKE TEXAS POWER SUPPLY DROUGHT RESISTANT. A new University of Texas-Austin study shows that producing electricity from natural gas saves much more water than producing power from coal.
BIGGER HOMES, MORE GADGETS NOT STOPPING DROP IN POWER USE. Americans are using more electronic devices, but we're buying less power.
NEW SOUTH FLORIDA THREAT: INVASIVE ROCK PYTHONS. Biologists are concerned that the aggressive rock python might be the latest invasive species to become established in the Everglades.