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Carbon and De-carbonization

MIT Takes a View on a New Climate Agreement

September 1, 2014 by David Hone
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Renewable energy projection

A new MIT report, Expectations for a New Climate Agreement, looks at the prospects for the expected Paris COP21 agreement actually changing the current global emissions pathway. The findings don’t give a lot to be hopeful about, but nevertheless are worthy of further review.[read more]

Is Coal Really "Peaking" in China?

September 1, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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“While uncertainty over the changes in coal stockpiles still exists, we’re confident that the unbelievable may be at hand: peak coal consumption in China.” So concludes a recent blog post from Justin Guay and Lauri Myllyvirta. What does this recent (possible) dip auger for future emissions and energy trends in China? It's complicated.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: Texas's Last Stand or Last Hope?

September 1, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Texas and the Clean Power Plan

The CPP will limit – for the first time ever – carbon emissions for existing power plants. Texas, the number one polluter in the country, needs to cut 195 billion pounds of carbon in the next 18 years, according to a Texas Tribune analysis. However, the EPA suggests Texas could easily meet its goal.[read more]

Even in Deepwater Canyons, America's Corals At Risk

August 31, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Corals and Environmental Risk

At the beach this summer, gazing out over the waves from the shoreline, it's hard to imagine the underwater world that lies just below the blue expanse: Partly because it’s so other-worldy, and partly because we just don't know very much about it.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "You're Handing a Bat to Your Opponents..."

August 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Climate Change and Political Ads

Tom Steyer the billionaire hedge fund manager turned enviro-political activist is spending big bucks to sway voters toward pro-climate-action democrats in the midterm elections this fall, but some are questioning the factual integrity of ads sponsored by Steyer’s super PAC NextGen.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On US Coal Exports to Asia Reducing Global Carbon Emissions

August 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Global Carbon Emissions and Coal Exports

With US natural gas production growth and subsequent natural gas price declines coal has been backed out of the power generation fuel mix to some extent. As a result, US coal producers are exporting greater volumes to European and Asian buyers.[read more]

Climate Scientists Spell Out Stark Danger And Immorality Of Inaction In New Leaked Report

August 29, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Science Report

The message from climate scientists about our ongoing failure to cut carbon pollution: The catastrophic changes in climate that we are voluntarily choosing to impose on our children and grandchildren — and countless generations after them — cannot plausibly be undone for hundreds of years or more.[read more]

Let's Keep Florida Breathable

August 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Florida and Environmental Action

Last week former environmental officials released a statement supporting Governor Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” conservation plan. While conservation is a worthy goal, it will mean very little if state leaders don’t also develop a plan focused on addressing climate change.[read more]

Greenland And West Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss More Than Doubled In Last Five Years

August 28, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Growing Ice Loss

A new study finds that both the Greenland ice sheet and West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) have seen an astonishing increase in ice loss in just the past five years. This first-ever extensive mapping of the two great ice sheets using the CryoSat-2 satellite confirms the findings.[read more]

Finding Ways to Pollute Less, and Employ More

August 28, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Employment and the Environment

 

Cleaner air, more American jobs: that’s a potential reality for the U.S. if it acts to curb emissions of methane. It’s a significant opportunity, and it’s one California Congresswoman Linda Sánchez encountered first-hand when she toured a Cerritos manufacturing plant last week.[read more]

What's the Goal and Point of National Biofuel Regulation?

August 27, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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National Biofuel Regulation

While preparing a lecture for the 4th Berkeley Summer School in Environmental and Energy Economics, I returned to contemplating the regulation of biofuels as part of a general federal strategy to combat climate change and increase energy security.[read more]

Breaking Free of Big Oil: Despite Oil Company Opposition, California is Moving Toward a Cleaner Future

August 26, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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California and Big Oil

The results of California’s latest cap-and-trade auction were released, marking another milestone in the state’s landmark climate and clean energy law, AB 32, which put limits on harmful climate pollution. But playing out in the background, the oil industry’s long-running campaign against AB 32 continues to escalate.[read more]

Energy Experts Unplugged, Volume 10

August 25, 2014 by America's Power Plan

Energy Expert Interview

In a new study released at the summer conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the Analysis Group Senior Advisor Susan Tierney and Vice Presidents Paul Hibbard and Andrea Okie concluded that states are already well positioned to implement EPA’s Clean Power Plan.[read more]

US Coal Exports Do Not Offset Massive Emissions Reductions from Natural Gas

August 25, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Coal, Natural Gas, and Emissions

In the end, achieving deep reductions in emissions will require that gas must be a bridge to lower-carbon energy sources, not an endpoint. But for now, emissions are declining and gas is displacing coal, which until recently, virtually everyone agreed was the most important climate mitigation objective.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Some Thoughts on US Natural Gas Inventories as Fall Approaches

August 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Natural Gas Inventories

Last winter’s unusually harsh weather drew down natural gas storage inventories well below five-year average levels and left the industry assessing the degree to which producers would replenish inventories ahead of heating demand season.[read more]