Electric Sector Emissions Trends: Setting Carbon Standards for States

May 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

State Carbon Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency is developing a proposed rule to address carbon emissions from existing power plants using their Clean Air Act authority. The proposal is being reviewed by other agencies and the White House and is scheduled to be released in early June of this year.[read more]


Energy Innovation Case Studies: How Top Gun Eased Wind, Solar Integration

August 26, 2013 by Jason Burwen

Top Gun Energy Innovation


The U.S. government invested heavily in jet engine development for decades. Today, the same turbine tech generates electricity and is increasingly in demand for integrating wind and solar. Read how long-ago public investments in gas turbine R&D continue to pay off.[read more]

Should the U.S. government play a role in American energy use?

February 8, 2012 by Josh Freed

One of the big questions on the campaign trail today is whether there should be a government role in America's use of energy. The reality is that energy is one of the most regulated sectors of our economy—the government already plays a huge role driving innovation and investment. The question we should be asking is: since the government...[read more]

Regulatory Efficiency: A Must for Electricity Infrastructure Renewal

February 7, 2012 by Jim Burpee

We at the Canadian Electricity Association have publicly raised, many times, that our electricity sector faces a complex challenge over the next two decades. In order to meet Canada’s increasing demands for electricity, we must invest in electricity infrastructure. That means renewing, replacing and adding to the generating stations and power lines that power the economy.[read more]


The Value of Government Involvement in Standards Development

February 1, 2012 by Dick DeBlasio

Very early on, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized the direct, cause-and-effect linkages among consensus-based standards development, seamless interoperability across the interstate electricity grid and the historic, far-ranging potential benefits of the Smart Grid: By enabling two-way power flow and communications and control...[read more]

Government Energy Innovation: Well Worth It

November 21, 2011 by Walter Frick

The Washington Post ran a piece in its Outlook section this weekend on government investments in energy that is rightly getting significant push back. The question it poses is: “What does Washington have to show for these investments?” The answer, by all accounts, is Plenty. And plenty more would be gained by increased investment in energy innovation.[read more]

The US Government Cannot Help the Climate

September 26, 2011 by Michael Tobis

Jeff Sachs recommends an informal international mostly academic collaboration to come up with actual options and get around the noise-making. He points out that expectations of leadership from the US government are unrealistic in the near future.Long (over an hour). Intro lasts about four minutes.h/t Rust Never SleepsJEFF SACHS from HUCE...[read more]

Rent Seeking, Corruption and Madness

July 8, 2011 by Michael Tobis

I think that anyone defending climate science occasionally runs into an economist type who accuses those of us who would like to limit CO2 emissions of "rent seeking". There is more than a whiff of contempt usually associated, which is peculiar, because the contempt tends to come from someone who (like most people) would not hesitate to...[read more]

Energy Is The Public’s Business

April 16, 2011 by Eric Smalley

Politics can be frustrating at the best of times. The challenge is avoiding despair and feeling helpless. This is especially true when thinking about US energy policy. We have the intellectual and financial means to remake our energy system. The question is, can we make it happen in a political system biased against public investment....[read more]

What’s the Proper Role of Individuals and Institutions in Addressing Climate Change?

March 8, 2010 by Robert Stavins

This may seem like a trivial question with an obvious answer.  But what really is the proper role for individuals and institutions in addressing climate change?  An immediate and natural response may be that everyone should do their part.  Let’s see what that really means. Decisions affecting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...[read more]

A few remarks on libertarians, climate change and fighting over the wheel of government

September 30, 2009 by Tokyo Tom

A reader of Bob Murphy`s recent post on climate science - "TokyoTom Moving the Goalposts?" - queried my views on whether perceptions of climate change problems themselves justified a need to establish government.  I copy below my response (with a few typo and editorial changes): "Do you believe that averting climate catastrophe is...[read more]

Government 2.0 is coming

September 8, 2009 by Marc Gunther

It’s amazing how much–and how little–we know about how government works. Two examples from the news last week: First, the Obama administration agreed to publish White House visitor logs on the Internet. The president, who promised transparency during his campaign, had fought lawsuits over the visitor logs before giving up. “Americans...[read more]

What does Waxman-Markey have to say about kites?

June 8, 2009 by Michael Giberson

The answer to the title question is “nothing,” according to Marc Gunther (though he admits of the difficulty of being certain when the bill is 932 pages and still in process). The kind of kites he has in mind are high-altitude solar power collectors, under development by the Makani Power company. That Waxman-Markey has nothing to say on...[read more]

Singing the Praises of the Unsung Heroes (Head's up: The Solar Decathlon is only 9 months away)

January 27, 2009 by Henry Gentenaar

As a non-DC guy, I’m continually amazed at the hard work being done within Executive Branch agencies by folks who get little credit and little pay for doing big jobs that mean big things for this country. It’s been eye-opening to watch passionate people break through Sisyphusian environments to accomplish Herculean feats. One of those...[read more]