Avoiding a Natural Gas Bridge to Nowhere

January 21, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Just as the history of unconventional natural gas production in America was fundamentally shaped by government support for new technology development, so too will the future of natural gas depend on America's willingness to make long-term public investments in advanced energy technologies. A convenient narrative has taken hold concerning...[read more]

Facts About The German EEG Program

January 16, 2012 by Willem Post

As a result of Germany's decision to phase-out its nuclear plants by 2022 and meet its self-imposed CO2 emissions targets, Germany will need to build out its renewables capacity to increase its renewable energy production. Almost all of that increased energy will be covered, i.e., subsidized, under existing renewable energy laws. ...[read more]

Because That's Where the Emissions Are

January 16, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency released its tabulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from large facilities in the US. In perusing the data I couldn't help thinking of the quote attributed to Willie Sutton concerning why he robbed banks. Even if he never actually said, "Because that's where the money is," the simple logic of...[read more]

The Carbon Emissions Quandary

January 14, 2012 by Robert Rapier

 In the first episode of R-Squared Energy TV for 2012, I give a short presentation on global warming. I believe there are a number of misconceptions around the U.S. contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, and I provide some graphics that may surprise some viewers.  Some of the topics discussed are: What do I think about...[read more]

Terry Engelder on the Federal Role in the Shale Gas Revolution

January 6, 2012 by Breakthrough Institute

As a part of the Breakthrough Institute's in-depth investigation of shale gas extraction and the role of the federal government in the development of many of the key enabling technologies, we interviewed Terry Engelder, professor at the University of Pennsylvania and one of Foreign Policy's 100 Global Thinkers. Dr. Engelder has authored...[read more]

New Air Pollution Rules Could Reduce US Electric-Sector CO2 Emissions By More Than 4 Percent

January 4, 2012 by Jesse Jenkins

Also by Alex Trembath. Two new federal air pollution regulations are expected to spur the closure of up to 67 aging, inefficient, coal-fired power plants, reducing both harmful air pollutants and emissions of the climate destabilizing greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide (CO2), according to an AP survey of US power plant operators and a...[read more]

Why I’m (Still) An Optimist

January 2, 2012 by Marc Gunther

Happy New Year! And good riddance to 2011, a year during which we made little or no progress on some of the issues that I care most about: climate change, the long-term federal debt, social mobility (aka the American dream), and our dysfunctional Congress. Yet I remain an optimist. Texas drought 2011 I could write many words about our...[read more]

5 Things US Congressional Representatives Need to Hear About the Smart Grid

December 28, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

As the US Congressional representatives head home to their respective districts, some of which defy all logic in terms of that contortionist geography called gerrymandering, it’s a perfect opportunity to attend their town hall meetings to offer advice in support of Smart Grid initiatives.   Support a national energy policy...[read more]

Environmental World Review 2011

December 26, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

World CO2 Chart via Wikipedia -- Look to the top of right sidebar for the current month's CO2 level Via Climate Himalaya, The Guardian reports on the record greenhouse gas emissions, melting Arctic sea ice, natural disasters and extreme weather – and the world’s second worst nuclear disaster. The year 2011 was another ecologically...[read more]

Energy Efficiency First, Renewables Later

December 14, 2011 by Willem Post

The usual custom among energy systems analysts is to make projections regarding future energy consumption and work back from those projections to what is required to meet them. Following business-as-usual practices, Brussels projects a doubling of Europe’s energy consumption by 2050, and that 60-80% of the energy generation in 2050 will...[read more]

How The Smart Grid Can Solve Climate Change

December 5, 2011 by Christine Hertzog

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change begins its latest meeting today in Durban, South Africa.  Only the sunniest of optimists expect real progress in forging a global agreement as developing and developed nations argue about voluntary versus legally binding emissions reductions and funding measures. ...[read more]

Climate & Energy, Rhetoric & Reality

November 30, 2011 by Marc Gunther

Listening to executives of the International Energy Agency discuss their World Energy Outlook 2011 report this morning (Nov. 28) at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, even as the COP17 global climate negotiations begin in Durban, I found myself recalling Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady when she sang…[read more]

CO2 is a Trace Gas, But What Does That Mean?

November 23, 2011 by Barry Brook

Carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and most other long-lived greenhouse gases (i.e., barring short-lived water vapour), are considered ‘trace gases’ because their concentration in the atmosphere is so low. For instance, at a current level of 389 parts per million, CO2 represents just 0.0389% of the air, by volume. Tiny isn’t it? How...[read more]

New Data On Carbon Emissions Per Capita

November 8, 2011 by Simon Donner

To follow up Friday's post, I put together a chart of per capita emissions, based on the CDIAC's preliminary 2010 fossil fuel CO2 data and the estimated population. The per capita emissions were calculated using the most up-to-date source of population data I know (Wikipedia!). The chart includes roughly the top twenty fossil fuel CO2...[read more]

350 PPM C02 Is No Longer Achievable

November 7, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

Here’s one slice of irony from today’s protest against TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline surrounding the White House: actually reducing the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere from about 389 parts per million (ppm) currently to the widely-held threshold of 350 ppm is no longer possible. The combined impacts, to...[read more]