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NRDC's Initial Take on EPA’s New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan’s Carbon Pollution Limits

October 31, 2014 by David Doniger

The EPA has continued its stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA’s interest in hearing from all parties and getting the rule right.[read more]

Does CDR Provide 'Moral Hazard' for Avoiding Deep Decarbonization of our Economy?

October 31, 2014 by Noah Deich
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CDR and Moral Hazard

The “moral hazard” argument against CDR is that it could be a “Trojan horse” that fossil fuel interests will use to delay rapid decarbonization of the economy, as these fossil interests could use the prospect of cost-effective, proven, scaleable CDR technologies as an excuse for continuing to burn fossil fuels.[read more]

LNG Transport Applications Abound; Offer Environmental Benefits

October 31, 2014 by Jared Anderson

LNG Transport

Intermodal transport – where goods arrive at major seaports and are transferred to trucks and trains – presents numerous economic and carbon emissions mitigation opportunities across the value chain by switching from fuels such as diesel to liquid natural gas.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Benchmarks Play an Important Role in Pricing Crude Oil

October 31, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Benchmarks and Oil Prices

When analysts and media discuss crude oil prices, they typically refer to one of a small group of specific types of crude oil that are widely and actively bought and sold. The use of such benchmark crudes makes it easier for buyers and sellers to price the variety of crudes that are produced around the world.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

How Would We Provide Enough Energy For 11 Billion People?

October 29, 2014 by Geoffrey Styles
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Due to a slowing of birth rates, predictions of a world of 12 billion by 2100 or sooner seemed to be wrong. Population estimates in the last decade, including from the United Nations, began to focus on an eventual plateau around 9 billion. But now it appears those lower forecasts might have been too optimistic.[read more]

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

October 29, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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European Emissions Commitments

The EU has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their emissions domestically by more than forty percent by 2030.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Didn’t Expect a 25-Year-Old Man to Get Beaten to Death'

October 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Fracking Boom and Community Risk

For a stark on-the-ground report from the hub of Bakken Shale oil & gas development, read this story by Laura Gottesdiener. It provides a glimpse inside the boom that often gets lost in the maze of production figures, reserves estimates, and market analysis that dominates reporting on the issue.[read more]

'2030 Climate and Energy Package Vital to EU's Energy Security' Stresses European Commission [VIDEO]

October 28, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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EU Energy and Climate Planning

 

Marie Donnelly - Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission - speaks with energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security.[read more]

Final Climate Negotiations Before COP 20 Underway in Bonn

October 27, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Pre-COP Negotiations in Bonn

The final round of negotiations in preparation for the COP 20 climate conference got underway yesterday at UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Set for December in Lima, Peru, COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices May Make for Unlikely Allies

October 27, 2014 by James Greenberger

Companies with interests in “green” energy technologies and unconventional crude oil production have a strong interest in ensuring that the dumping of conventional crude oil in the international market does not shut down investment in technologies that hold the promise of making the US more energy secure.[read more]

Eight Pieces of Our Oil Price Predicament

October 25, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Prices and Problems

A person might think that oil prices would be fairly stable. Prices would set themselves at a level that would be high enough for the majority of producers, so that in total producers would provide enough–but not too much–oil for the world economy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to work that way recently.[read more]

Great Visualization of Our Energy and Carbon Consumption and Emissions [VIDEO]

October 24, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Capture and Storage

A future dependent on fossil fuels does not have to be an inevitability. We can drastically reduce fossil fuel use through aggressive R&D programs and policy support for low carbon solutions. This path will fraught with many challenges, but we should rise to them.[read more]

Lower Electricity-Related CO2 Emissions Reflect Lower Carbon Intensity and Electricity Use

October 24, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Carbon Intensity and Energy Use

U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in five of the past eight years. This trend has been led by emissions reductions in the electric power sector. Electricity demand growth has been lower than in the past and at the same time the power sector has become less carbon intensive.[read more]

Heading in the Right Direction: Shenzhen Pushes Green Shipping

October 24, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Green Shipping

We can celebrate a recent announcement by the Shenzhen government to subsidize green measures for their ports. The port of Shenzhen is a major global shipping center, but ships going in and out of the world’s third busiest port also produce an incredible amount of environmentally damaging exhaust.[read more]