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Energy Quote of the Day: "What is the Environmental Platform of the Republican Party? I Don’t Know Either."

March 28, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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The GOP and Environmental Policy

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is among the few members of the Republican Party in Congress who are willing to admit that climate change is real and must be addressed. He is encouraging his fellow Republicans to have an open debate on the issue.[read more]

Warmest Winter on Record

March 28, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Seasonal Temperature Records

According to the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average global land and sea surface temperature for the period of December 2014 through February 2015 was 1.42 degrees Fahrenheit (0.79 Celsius) above the 20th century average.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Before You Get Mugged by Reality, Take Out an Insurance Policy'

March 27, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Climate Change and Future Risk

Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz is urging climate change doubters to at least take out an insurance policy when it comes to carbon emissions and climate change. Shultz argues for sustained support for energy research and development along with a carbon tax.[read more]

The Climate Case for Hydrogen

March 26, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Climate Change and Hydrogen

When hydrogen is produced with heat pipe OTEC and supergreen electrolysis it can be a silver bullet and fuel-cell advocates would do themselves a very great service by helping in the promotion and facilitation of these two synergistic technologies.[read more]

Springing Eternal: Seven Reasons for Hope on Climate Change

March 26, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Hope on Climate Change

Let’s look at what’s been happening in climate change action lately, because after years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Because after years and years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Chinese Official Urges Emphasis on 'Climate Security'

March 26, 2015 by Edward Dodge

China and Climate Action

A top Chinese weather scientist told the Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a serious threat. It was a rare admission for a Chinese official, while the government has acknowledged global warming, it does not usually elaborate on potential problems from climate change.[read more]

Could India's Coal Plans Derail the Global Climate?

March 26, 2015 by Tobias Engelmeier

India Energy Needs and Coal

If India grew its electricity system based on coal (as China has done), would it derail the global climate? Under a “coal-heavy” scenario, India would need to increase is coal-fired power generation capacity from the 156 GW in early 2015 to 677 GW in 2035. What would be the CO2 implications of such a strategy?[read more]

Obama Signs Order to Cut Government GHG Emissions and Boost Renewable Energy

March 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Obama Administration and Emissions Reduction

Recently President Obama singed an executive order regarding government energy targets, toured a solar panel installation on the Department of Energy’s roof, and gave brief remarks before kicking off a roundtable with large US companies that do over $1 billion in business with the federal government.[read more]

China's Power System: The Green and the Black

March 24, 2015 by Armond Cohen
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China Energy Needs and Sources

If you follow energy discussions, you will often hear one of two visions of China’s energy system emphatically described by various pundits and advocates. At first blush, the two visions seem fundamentally in conflict. Only one must be true! How can China be both “green” and “black” at the same time?[read more]

A Path for Innovating Nuclear Energy

March 24, 2015 by Todd Allen
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Nuclear Innovation

At the heart of the modern energy debate is a struggle between the need for more energy globally, while simultaneously achieving lower emissions. Nuclear energy is uniquely positioned to help respond to these dueling necessities, but innovative advancements must overcome considerable barriers.[read more]

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The 100% Renewable Energy Nuclear Option, Part 1

March 23, 2015 by David Hess
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Renewables and Future Energy Options

 

It is time for the world to get serious about renewables, by formally recognizing that nuclear energy is one in all ways that matter. Usually the term renewables is taken to mean wind and solar, but this makes the idea of a life and death contest with nuclear all the more ridiculous.[read more]

Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?

March 23, 2015 by Daniel Posen
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Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires refiners, blenders and importers of transport fuels to meet targets that increase progressively through 2022. Seven years later, and the standard is facing two seemingly opposite stumbling blocks: weak supply (of cellulosic biofuel), and weak demand.[read more]

Land, Ocean Carbon Sinks Are Weakening, Making Climate Action More Urgent

March 21, 2015 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Change Effects and Risk

Our best shot at stopping catastrophic warming is to start cutting carbon pollution immediately. The longer we wait, the less nature’s carbon sinks will be able to help us and the greater the risk that we cross tipping points that cause feedbacks like the permafrost melt to become “self-reinforcing.”[read more]

Global Warming: Out of Sight, Peace of Mind

March 20, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Global Warming Effects and Risk

Burying heat in the ocean will be called by some sweeping the global warming problem under the carpet. but that is not the case because the process is accomplished by converting damaging heat to productive use and further it is accomplished in no one's backyard.[read more]

IEA: CO2 Emissions Decouple From Economic Growth For First Time In 40 Years

March 18, 2015 by Joseph Romm

Emissions and Economic Growth

Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flatlined globally in 2014, while the world economy grew. The International Energy Agency reports that this marks “the first time in 40 years in which there was a halt or reduction in emissions of the greenhouse gas that was not tied to an economic downturn.”[read more]