Cap-and-Trade

California's International Model for Climate Success

December 16, 2015 by Energy Innovation LLC
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California and Climate Action

The ongoing COP21 international climate agreement negotiations should be guided by California’s experience. While our transition is ongoing, smart policy and bipartisan leadership have reduced emissions and increased renewable energy while creating economic growth.[read more]

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The Paris Climate Conference at the Halfway Point

December 8, 2015 by Robert Stowe
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Halfway Through COP 21

The 195 national governments that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are meeting in Paris to draft a major new agreement on climate change. They finished their first week of work on Saturday, December 5.[read more]

Follow the Money: The Role of Innovation in Climate Finance

December 7, 2015 by Brad Townsend

Innovation and Climate Finance

The ability of investments in innovation to drive economic development at home makes innovation a rare opportunity for bipartisanship. This article details how the recent innovation investments announced in Paris are related to the broader issue of climate finance.[read more]

How Critics Try (and Fail) to Attack Carbon Pricing

November 27, 2015 by Noah Kaufman
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Carbon Pricing

Carbon pricing is rapidly gaining popularity, with more than 60 national and subnational programs as well as endorsements from key political figures and more than 1,000 corporations. Like anything that goes mainstream, a backlash was inevitable.[read more]

A New Model for Carbon Pricing Using Blockchain Technology

September 23, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Carbon Pricing Models

Voices from governments, industry, academia, and activism have called for a price on carbon to help drive deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, but it is likely that no new frameworks for pricing carbon will come out of the upcoming talks in Paris.[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik
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The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

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How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Comparisons to Other U.S. Climate Policies

August 7, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Policy Comparisons

As any regular reader of the Energy Collective knows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday. There’s been a debate over just how important the final CPP actually is and how it stacks up against prior actions taken by the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

Two Degrees: EU Climate Debate Highlights Key Ingredients for a Deal in Paris [VIDEO]

June 25, 2015 by David Thual
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EU Climate Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Jos Delbeke, Director General for Climate Action, European Commission, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, Vice-president of the S&D Group, and Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist and Vice President, Statoil, to debate: “Road to Paris: can the EU retain its leadership role at COP21?”[read more]

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

June 22, 2015 by James Greenberger

Pope Francis and Climate Change/shutterstock

Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”. The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues. Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for June [VIDEO]

June 17, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including a review of the EU's efforts to reach renewable energy goals.[read more]

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

June 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

EPA Carbon Plan and Legal Challenges

The Clean Power Plan will engender a fierce, protracted legal battle. Industry groups, together with states that are opposed to greenhouse gas regulation, have promised to use every legal device at their disposal to "gum up the works" for EPA.[read more]

EU Energy Briefing: All You Need to Know for May and June [VIDEO]

May 21, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Energy for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the latest European Union energy policy developments, including the EU's internal energy market, and the G7 energy ministers meeting in Hamburg.[read more]

First Real Debate on the EU Energy Union Reveals Top Priorities [VIDEO]

May 18, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy Union Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Maroš Šefčovič (Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Energy Union), Morten Helveg Petersen MEP and Anders Marvik (Statoil EU Affairs) to debate the question: “Where to next for the Energy Union?"[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for April [VIDEO]

April 15, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News for April

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union environment and climate policy developments on the continent.[read more]

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Naomi Klein Undervalues the Potential of the EU's Cap-and-Trade Plan to Curb CO2

April 9, 2015 by Emil Dimantchev
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Examining the Value of the EU's Cap-and-Trade

Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" dismisses cap-and-trade as a climate policy tool despite historical evidence that the policy can reduce CO2 emissions. But for cap-and-trade to work, it needs the public to convince lawmakers to design it properly.[read more]