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Geopolitical trends are driving up summer pump prices higher than their typical summer trend.
Quick take: It’ll cost you more on your summer road trips and could blunt the economic gains from the recently passed tax overhaul bill.
By the numbers:
What’s driving the increase since January:
Read the full story in the Axios stream.
The bad headlines out of the Environmental Protection Agency just aren't stopping.
Why this all matters: These controversies — and the ones before them — are not particularly troublesome taken individually to an administration as chaotic as this one.
Ben Geman reports...
The International Energy Agency sees a growing role for offshore wind worldwide — with growing investment needed — in a future low-carbon energy mix that meets the goals of the Paris climate deal.
Why it matters: Right now, offshore wind provides just 0.2% of global power.
But, but, but: IEA, in a new report, says this would climb greatly by 2040 in the agency's wider Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS), a model of an energy system that holds the global temperature rise to well under 2°C.
Big picture: That's just one takeaway from IEA's new "Offshore Energy Outlook," a wide-ranging look at offshore fossil fuel and renewables development in the decades ahead.
Read the rest in the Axios stream here.
All types of renewable energy increased between 2016 and last year, according to the EIA.
Why it matters: The recently updated EIA data, which is the federal government’s official breakdown of U.S. electricity, shows an increasingly diverse mix. That goes counter to warnings by Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other government officials that the grid is too reliant on one type of fuel.
Go deeper: Click here to check out a handy card deck breaking down America's electricity mix.
By the numbers:
To be sure: Regional mix of electricity can vary greatly, and even certain days can have more renewable energy or less. The importance of the EIA’s breakdown is that it captures the yearly average across the U.S., which shows changes over longer periods of time.
What’s next: My next Harder Line column — out Monday — will break down some complicated electricity terms. This is my next glossary installment, building off my inaugural glossary earlier this year on more general energy and climate terms. Stay tuned!
Axios' Dave Lawler reports...
Big cities around the world vary widely in terms of how big a role public parks and gardens play in their landscapes, according to data on 34 major global cities from the World Cities Culture Forum.