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Serendipity yields a process to convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.,—In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol. Their finding, which involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, was serendipitous. Video follows. “We discovered…

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From the No Schist, Sherlock Files: “Despite climate risks, utilities bet big on natural gas…”

Guest post by David Middleton For the fossil fuel industries, 2016 has been a terrible year. Amid historically low commodity prices and stricter environmental regulations, coal companies went bankrupt, oil and gas rig counts slumped, and utilities retired fossil generators like they’re going out of style. But amid the struggles, one fossil asset class remains…