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Carbon and De-carbonization

Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

January 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.[read more]

'Hottest Year' Story Obscures Bigger News: Ocean Warming Now Off The Charts

January 27, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Temperature Records and Ocean Heat

The big climate news last week was NOAA and NASA announcing that 2014 was the hottest year on record, breaking the highs of 2005 and 2010. But the bigger story actually got buried: Global warming has continued unabated over the past few years.[read more]

Science, Policy, and Decision Making

January 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Willful ignorance of climate science is troubling. Disregard of ecological science is destructive. The failure to utilize medical science can be life threatening. But my deeper concern is the attitude toward knowledge and learning expressed by these supposed national leaders.[read more]

Low Oil Prices and Fuel Subsidies: Doing Away with Really Bad Energy Policy

January 27, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen
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Low oil prices are the talk of the day in environmental and energy circles. Some environmentalists probably despair over rising gasoline consumption, but for policymakers in emerging economies, low oil prices present an important opportunity to remove destructive and economically costly fuel subsidies.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]

Methane Mitigation Sector: EPA Actions Good for Industry, Will Curb Waste and Protect Communities

January 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane Mitigation

A rising chorus of companies in the oil and gas services sector are raising their voices in support of the smart idea to limit vast waste of methane taking place every day in the nation’s the oil and gas operations. These companies in the methane mitigation industry are experts in finding and fixing methane waste.[read more]

3 Ways Carbon Removal can Help Unlock the Promise of an All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy

January 24, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Future Energy Planning

An all-of-the-above energy strategy holds great potential to make our energy system more secure, inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly. Today’s approach to all-of-the-above, however, is missing a key piece: carbon dioxide removal.[read more]

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Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 23, 2015 by Jason Brown
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Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]

How Governmental Sustainability Policy Can Speed the Transition to a Cleaner Economy

January 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Sustainability management is simply the latest step in the evolution of the field of organizational management. Twenty-first century managers must pay attention to the use and cost of natural resources, the cost of waste production and disposal, and the environmental impact of organizational outputs and waste.[read more]

2014 is the Hottest Year on Record: Some Thoughts

January 23, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records Analysis

As one month after another broke heat records in 2014, especially in the world’s oceans, the continuing and accelerating trend of heat energy in the global climate system seems increasingly apparent, as clear as any Wall Street trader looking for a trending market could hope for: Up. Or is it?[read more]

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

January 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Trade Agreements and Green Provisions

A 21st century trade agreement must ensure that key environmental protections that our citizens depend upon aren't directly or indirectly undercut. And it should ensure that countries become leaders on key environmental challenges such as destruction of our oceans, wildlife, land, forests, and climate.[read more]

Sequestration on Shaky Ground

January 22, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Carbon Storage and Feasibility

Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and injecting it deep below the Earth’s surface, where it would permanently solidify into rock. While useful, the actual practice may be more complicated than previously thought.[read more]

Keystone XL: Let's Make a Megadeal and Get Congress to Fulfill a Cleantech Wishlist

January 22, 2015 by Matt Stewart
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A proposal: let’s make a megadeal. Authorize Keystone XL. But in return, it’s time for clean energy advocates to play hardball — and get something meaningful in return for it. In fact, get a lot meaningful for it. This is the time to break out the cleantech-policy Christmas lists.[read more]

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

January 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in his Stat of the Union speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.[read more]

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An Economic Argument for a Tax on Methane

January 22, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge
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Taxing methane leakage in the oil and gas sector, as opposed to forthcoming technology regulations, is more economically efficient. A policy that offsets taxes revenue elsewhere - from income or corporate taxes - should be considered.[read more]