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Offshore Wind: 'Steel in the Water This Summer'; Solar: 'Order of Magnitude Growth' Over Past Decade

March 18, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Renewables Economics and Growth

Advanced energy expanded to become a nearly $1.3 trillion global energy industry, and it is still growing very rapidly. In fact, in the United States, the advanced energy industry grew five times as fast as did the national economy overall.[read more]

IEA: CO2 Emissions Decouple From Economic Growth For First Time In 40 Years

March 18, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Emissions and Economic Growth

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flatlined globally in 2014, while the world economy grew. The International Energy Agency reports that this marks “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.”[read more]

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 3: The Problem of Debt as We Reach Oil Limits

February 13, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Debt and Oil Limits

In some sense, debt and other promises are what hold together our networked economy. Debt and other promises allow division of labor, because each person can “pay” the others in the group for their labor with a promise of some sort, rather than with an immediate payment in goods.[read more]

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 2: Showing the Long-Term GDP-Energy Tie

February 6, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy and Gross Domestic Product

Economies that can leverage their human energy with inexpensive supplemental energy gain an advantage over other economies. If this energy becomes high cost, we will see that countries lose their advantage over other countries, and their economic growth rate slows.[read more]

A New Theory of Energy and the Economy, Part 1: Generating Economic Growth

January 24, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Energy Economics and Growth

How does the economy really work? In my view, there are many erroneous theories in published literature. I have been investigating this topic and have come to the conclusion that both energy and debt play an extremely important role in an economic system.[read more]

India, Climate, and the Coal Conundrum

December 24, 2014 by Lewis Perelman
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India Energy Needs and Growth

The gridlock in another round of UN climate talks stems from fundamentally conflicting interests. The only effective solution will come not from the regulatory approach the UN has emphasized but rather from the technical fix: developing breakthrough technologies that can provide cheap clean energy alternatives.[read more]

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Launching a New Way to Explore Energy and Human Development

November 11, 2014 by Yael Borofsky
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Energy for Human Development

Opportunities for innovation in economic growth are expanding in Africa, India, and southeast Asia while the conversation in the west is often stagnated around simple lighting solutions that address the most urgently poor customers, but not the underlying opportunities for sustainable power sector development.[read more]

World Bank: Fighting Climate Change Would Boost Global Economy Up To $2.6 Trillion A Year

June 26, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Fight Economic Benefits

 

An important new World Bank report concludes that just a few key policies aimed at cutting carbon pollution would boost the global economy. The study, “Climate-Smart Development,” looks at the European Union plus Brazil, China, India, Mexico, and the United States.[read more]

Do Oil Spills Boost the Economy?

May 8, 2014 by Andrew Leach
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This week, Press Progress and the Vancouver Sun’s Peter O’Neil reported that Kinder Morgan had quantified the economic benefits of oil spills in its application to expand the Trans-Mountain Pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C. Yes, the benefits of oil spills: they create jobs.[read more]

Nearly 40,000 New Green Jobs Created in Second Quarter of 2013

September 3, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Green Job Creation

Clean energy and sustainable transportation projects launched this year created nearly 40,000 green jobs in America during the second quarter of 2013. The transition to a clean energy economy is well underway, reports the latest green jobs report from Environmental Entrepreneurs.[read more]