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Trending Topics in Electricity Today: Will the EPA's Clean Power Plan Really Break the Grid?

December 17, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Well-established power groups are drawing different conclusions regarding the feasibility of maintaining grid reliability as states act in order to abide by the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. What’s causing these reliability authorities to reach such different conclusions, and is more analysis needed?[read more]

Natural Gas Overwhelmingly Replaces Coal

December 17, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Coal Replacement by Natural Gas

The growth of natural gas generation in the US has displaced coal generation. There is little evidence in the aggregate regional power generation data that cheap gas has displaced other low-carbon sources of electricity. Nor is there evidence that increased gas generation has induced new demand.[read more]

Evaluating Fifteen Years of IEA Energy Forecasts

December 16, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing IEA Forecasts

This article takes a look at the accuracy and consistency of International Energy Agency forecasts by comparing a range of historical forecasts with actual data. The largest deviations are observed when looking at oil, coal and renewables other than hydro.[read more]

Assessing the Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks

December 15, 2014 by Robert Stavins

On December 14th, the COP 20 of the UNFCCC concluded in Lima, Peru with an agreement among 195 countries, the “Lima Accord,” which represents both a classic compromise between the rich and poor countries, and a significant breakthrough after twenty years of difficult climate negotiations.[read more]

The US-China Climate Deal: Don't Get Carried Away

November 24, 2014 by Chris Hope

The US and China announced what has been hailed as a historic deal on greenhouse gas emissions, with China agreeing to cap emissions around 2030 and the US committing to 26 – 28% reductions by 2025. What does this actually mean for the climate and for the damage that climate change might bring?[read more]

Contraction and Convergence in Practice?

November 24, 2014 by David Hone

US-China Climate Deal Analysis

The in-tandem announcement last week by the USA and China caught many by surprise, resulted in lots of applause and back slapping and then raised questions as to which country has the tougher or easier deal. A bit of simple analysis offered below may help answer that question.[read more]

How Good Is The New Emissions Deal with China?

November 17, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Only an event like Tuesday's agreement between President Obama and his Chinese counterpart to limit greenhouse gas emissions from the two countries could top the unexpected scramble in the US Senate to pass a Keystone XL pipeline bill as the big energy story of the week.[read more]

IPCC Report Released. Can and Will the World Act on Climate Change?

November 5, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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IPCC Report Reactions

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released what it calls the Synthesis Report on Sunday, which incorporates findings from the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report produced by over 800 scientists and released over the past thirteen months.[read more]

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
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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
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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
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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]

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

November 2, 2013 by John Davenport
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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
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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]