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International Scorecard Highlights Room for Improvement in Energy Efficiency

July 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

International Energy Efficiency

A recent scan of energy efficiency in 16 nations showed that all fall short of their potential. But the collective wisdom among these countries offers a path forward. Following close upon their World Cup win in Brazil, Germany also comes in first in the latest International Energy Efficiency Scorecard.[read more]

Unpacking EPA's Carbon Pollution Proposal

June 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Let me start by saying I am not going to be talking in this blog about the most important issue presented by EPA’s proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants. That key issue is how much will the rule reduce total U.S. carbon pollution by 2020 and beyond.[read more]

CO2 Levels Reach and Maintain 400 PPM - A Dubious Milestone in Human History

June 3, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Carbon Levels and Environmental Risk

The World Meteorological Organization has reported that, for perhaps the first time in human history, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) eclipsed 400 parts-per-million (ppm) in the northern hemisphere for the entire month of April.[read more]

Do Oil Spills Boost the Economy?

May 8, 2014 by Andrew Leach

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]

Oil Reserves Overview: Not Running Out of Oil (Yet)

November 2, 2013 by John Davenport

Oil Reserves


With all the statistical information that has been published lately, we’ve decided to make a brief review of statistical data on world oil reserves and production. Are we already running out of oil? How much oil is being produced per year?[read more]

Obama EPA Debunks Activists Who Played Politics with Tragic Floods

October 9, 2013 by Simon Lomax

Comments from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the recovery and clean-up efforts following Colorado’s historic floods directly contradict the fear mongering of environmental activists who have played politics with this tragedy since the beginning.[read more]

Colorado Flooding: How Fantasy Becomes Fact

September 23, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Colorado Flooding Facts

The flooding in Colorado has wreaked tremendous devastation, and by one estimate the costs will total about $2 billion. There are still some people remain unaccounted for and it will be many months if not longer before the Front Range recovers.[read more]

Epic Battle 3: Who are the swing Senators?

July 14, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Part 1 looked at an analysis of the House vote by stat master Nate Silver of  Silver “built a logistic regression model that attempted to predict the likelihood of a particular congressman voting for the cap-and-trade bill as the result of a variety of factors.” Now I’ll look at the same model applied to the...[read more]

What Baseball Can Teach Policymakers

April 20, 2009 by Robert Stavins

With the Major League Baseball season having just begun, I’m reminded of the truism that the best teams win their divisions in the regular season, but the hot teams win in the post-season playoffs.  Why the difference?  The regular season is 162 games long, but the post-season consists of just a few brief 5-game and 7-game...[read more]