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Environmental Law Progress In China

April 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

We take it for granted in the United States that citizens can involve themselves in the environmental review of proposed projects, either on their own or with the help of environmental organizations. This has not been true in China, but things may be changing for the better.[read more]

The Most Carbon-Efficient Year Ever for America's Power Industry?

April 21, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Decarbonization?

It’s been 60 years in the making and it’s finally here: America’s power generation fleet has changed so much since the 1950s, and especially over the last decade, that the amount of carbon we emit per megawatt-hour of electricity produced has dropped to its lowest point in recorded history.[read more]

The Future of Coal Passes Through Kosovo

April 21, 2015 by Daniel Kammen
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Kosovo and Coal

The World Bank pledged to stop loaning money for new coal projects, unless no feasible alternatives exist. Obama has said the same for the U.S. In Kosovo a proposed coal-fired power plant has been under discussion for over a decade. The prime funders, ironically, are the World Bank and the U. S. government.[read more]

Energy 24/7: Shale Debt - Again? [PODCAST]

April 21, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence

Much of the debt issued by shale operators has been high yield or what is commonly referred to as junk. According to the Wall Street Journal junk bonds have financed the U.S. shale boom, and now the sharp drop in oil prices could lead to a massive wave of defaults on that high-yield debt.[read more]

Climate Change in UK General Election Manifestos

April 21, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change and UK Politics

Comparing manifestos for May’s United Kingdom general elections highlights important similarities as well as differences among the parties. All of the manifestos published by UK-wide parties make reference to climate change policy, but to greatly differing and telling extents.[read more]

How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate

April 21, 2015 by Tim Juliani

The problem with climate change denialism is that a scientific consensus does not necessarily reflect a “social consensus,” the latter being something that the majority of society would consider true. Te scientific consensus that cigarettes harm human health emerged decades before the social consensus emerged.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Global Energy Trends and Implications for India: Uncertain Power and Carbon Markets Change Investment Choices

April 21, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India and Energy Trends

The global energy system is in a period of rapid transformation: electricity plays an ever more important role, as do renewables, distributed generation and electric vehicles. New technologies and business models are disrupting and challenging a traditionally risk-averse and slow-moving industry.[read more]

Smart Water Meters Gain Traction in Drought-Ridden California

April 20, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Water Conservation

When San Francisco’s water meters were coming to the end of their lifespan about six years ago, the city wanted to make sure the next set of devices installed would prove useful for the next 20 years. San Francisco is the largest city in California to make the full switch to smart water meters.[read more]

White, Wealthy, and Whiney: An Environmental Movement in Need of a Makeover

April 20, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Green Movements and Public Relations

With an environmental movement whose lifespan can be measured by 45 annual Earth Days, it’s time to ask a question: How can a movement featuring so many smart, high-achieving people talking science-backed common sense for so long on issues that can literally be life-or-death still have such a hard time?[read more]

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2015 State of Solar Financing, Part 2: Solar Securitization

April 20, 2015 by Boyd Arnold

Solar Financing

I first reported on the securitization of solar assets back in November 2013 when SolarCity announced a $54 million offering. This small offering (by Wall Street standards) was a way for SolarCity to test the waters of a new financing outlet and potentially reduce its cost of capital.[read more]

May Provinces (or States) Limit Imports on the Basis of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Elsewhere?

April 20, 2015 by James Coleman
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Emissions, Imports, and Local Regulation

Recently Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission issued a report urging provinces to drive Canadian climate policy by adopting their own carbon pricing schemes. But the report barely touched on one of the key challenges for local regulation: what may places that price carbon due to avoid losing industry to places that don’t?[read more]

Crude Prices Surge as the Pieces Fall Into Place

April 20, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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I have been pretty adamant — some may say that I have been stubbornly adamant — about my expectations for crude oil prices this year. I have argued against the notion that crude oil prices were going to fall to $20 or $30/bbl, for several reasons.[read more]

Russia-Ukraine Gas Row Encore Bodes Poorly for Winter Supply Security

April 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

European Energy Security and Supply

The next winter is approaching fast in natural gas terms. While temperatures are slowly rising in the Northern Hemisphere and cherry blossoms bloom in D.C., across the pond the EU Commission kicked off a fresh series of trilateral gas talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU.[read more]

Carbon Pricing: Accounting Isn't Enough

April 20, 2015 by David Hone
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Unless a carbon price makes its way into the whole global energy system, then its success in bringing down emissions is far from assured. While local carbon pricing wins will appear, the global effort could be undermined by a lack of global coverage.[read more]