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Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

May 20, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Emissions Goals

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

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President Obama Approves Drilling in the Arctic: Should We Be Outraged?

May 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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On Monday, the Obama Administration gave conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off the northern coast of Alaska. On environmental grounds alone, I think drilling offshore in the Arctic is a foolish risk.[read more]

The Fossil Fuel Subsidy Red Herring

May 14, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Fossil Fuel Policy and Subsidies

Every few months we hear another round of passionate recommendations that fossil fuel subsidies be phased out to level the playing field for clean energy. Sounds sensible, but there’s reason to think that eliminating fossil fuel subsidies wouldn’t be nearly as transformative as is often suggested.[read more]

"Pre-Pay" Carbon Policy: How Carbon Removal Enables Regulatory Alternatives

May 14, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Regulatory Policy

There is growing support for governments across the world to price carbon emissions. Moving from theory to practice, however, has proven challenging, as the two leading approaches to pricing carbon, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, only cover about 12% of all carbon emissions globally today.[read more]

UK Election Aftermath: The Energy Industry

May 14, 2015 by Kelby Twyman

UK Election and Energy Impacts

After witnessing a political storm around the general election, it is time to start looking at what the Conservatives will be doing to the United Kingdom country over the next five years. This is the first majority Conservative government since 1992 when John Major lead the party.[read more]

U.S. Energy Demand Slows Except for Industrial, Commercial Sectors

May 8, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

United States Energy Demand and Change

U.S. energy consumption has slowed recently and is not anticipated to return to growth levels seen in the second half of the 20th century. Domestic consumption is expected to grow at a modest 0.3% per year through 2040, less than half the rate of population growth.[read more]

Fossil Fuels Haven't Lost the Race, Yet. Here's the Full Story

May 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Fossil Fuels and Market Competition

A recent Bloomberg New Energy Finance article made a splash saying that fossil fuels “just lost the race against renewables.” It included a chart showing changes in power capacity additions with clear diverging trends. Although this would be a delightful turn of events, we should be wary of putting the cart before the horse.[read more]

India Announces National Air Quality Index to Increase Public Awareness

May 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India Air Quality Index

Recent reports and growing public awareness are highlighting the increased threat of poor air quality on human health in India. The World Health Organization ranked 13 Indian cities among the top 20 in the world for the worst fine particulate air pollution.[read more]

What to Make of Recent Emission Trends?

May 5, 2015 by David Hone
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Emissions Trends

Recent news from the International Energy Agency has shown that the rise in global CO2 emissions from the energy system stalled in 2014. This was unusual on two counts – first that it happened at all and second that it happened in a year not linked with recession or low economic growth.[read more]

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

April 30, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China Coal Cap

China's proposed national policies to curb coal use will provide enormous air quality and health benefits to the public and coal industry workers, saving 49,000 lives and $6.2 billion in 2020, according to a new study released by the China Coal Cap Project.[read more]

States Can Learn from Each Other On Carbon Pricing

April 28, 2015 by Kyle Aarons

Both power companies and states are starting to see real advantages to using carbon pricing. Such useful tools, like a cap-and-trade program for example, can greatly help to reduce carbon emissions under the auspices of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.[read more]

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Internalized Costs Results from the Seeking Consensus Project

April 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Analyzing Internalized Costs

The results are finally in regarding the internalized cost estimates that have been collected over the course of the Seeking Consensus project. Please feel free to have a good look at the various data, and be sure to join in the discussion of the results.[read more]

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We're Using Natural Gas All Wrong for the Climate

April 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders
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Using Natural Gas Right

Instead of substituting natural gas directly for coal in the power generation sector we should rather use it to displace electricity in end uses. Attention to this issue by policy makers can save untold gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions over the coming decades.[read more]

Is the End Really Nigh for Fossil Fuels? Or is the Future Simply Advanced Energy?

April 24, 2015 by Lexie Briggs
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Advanced Energy and Fossil Fuels

“Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables,” reads the hyperbolic headline from Tom Randall, writing for Bloomberg Business. This report of the death of fossil fuel-powered electricity generation is exaggerated. But look closely; the triumph of advanced energy seems even more of a sure thing.[read more]