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Making Climate Change Policies Fit their Own Domain

November 3, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate Change Policies

There is a widely held narrative for climate policy that runs something like this: The costs of damage due to greenhouse gas emissions are not reflected in economic decisions. This needs to be corrected by imposing a price on carbon, using the power of markets to incentivize efficient emissions reduction.[read more]

European Fuel Quality Directive: Despite Weakened Stance on Tar Sands, New Measures Take Important Step on Climate Policy

October 16, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

It is good news that Europe has published final measures that will require EU member states to lower the carbon intensity of their transport fuel mix by 6% before a 2020 deadline. If adopted, this would be a step in the right direction. But the final policy wasn't as strong as it could have been.[read more]

Microgrids Can Serve Multiple Purposes With The Right Policy Frameworks

October 14, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Microgrids provoke a multitude of views. For the Department of Energy, developing advanced microgrids can help build new electricity resources for customers, the community, and the macrogrid. For the Department of Defense, microgrids deliver energy security for military bases and mobile operations.[read more]

Power Sector CO2 Emissions Sensitive to Policy Changes and Natural Gas Supply

June 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Emissions and Policy

Policies to reduce CO2 emissions could result in less consumption of coal in favor of natural gas, which emits about 40% as much CO2 as typical coal-fired generation, as well as increases in other low- or zero-carbon power generating technologies such as renewables and nuclear.[read more]

How Much Public Support is Needed for Policymaker Action on Climate Change?

June 11, 2014 by Kelly Klima
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The vast majority of scientists and researchers in the United States and throughout the world agree that manmade emissions are likely exacerbating climate change. Despite U.S. news articles to the contrary, since 2007 no scientific body has disagreed with this position.[read more]

Understanding Environmental Policy

May 28, 2014 by Steven Cohen

If we are going to learn how to develop a renewable and sustainable economy, we will also need to learn how to deal with the mistakes we've made while moving from an economy that tolerates environmental damage to one that does not tolerate it.[read more]