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It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

September 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon.[read more]

11 Wonktastic Charts that Will Help You Understand Climate Change

September 29, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson
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Climate Change and Information

One of the great shames about the communication of climate science is that it most often comes in two forms. It is either dumbed down to the point of backyard greenhouse analogies, or indigestible on the level of the IPCCs Summary for Policy makers.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

September 29, 2014 by Robert Stavins

World leaders converged at the United Nations in New York City this past week for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s much anticipated Climate Summit, a lead-up to global negotiations that will take place in Lima, Peru, in December of this year, and culminate a year later in Paris.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

What the McKinsey GHG Abatement Curve Tells us About CDR

September 28, 2014 by Noah Deich
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Abatement Curve and CDR

CDR has begun to emerge out of relative obscurity recently as scientists have grown more confident that we will need to remove carbon from the atmosphere to prevent climate change. But CDR is not a new concept. In fact, there are a handful of CDR approaches that have been hiding in plain sight.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Alaska is Going to be the Next Florida'

September 27, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Alaska and Environmental Risk

There is widespread agreement that carbon emissions have significantly increased since the industrial revolution and these emissions are playing a climate-changing role, but the consensus diverges when modeling future climate change effect scenarios.[read more]

Low Oil Prices: Sign of a Debt Bubble Collapse, Leading to the End of Oil Supply?

September 27, 2014 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Prices and Supply Economics

Oil and other commodity prices have recently been dropping. Is this good news, or bad? I would argue that falling commodity prices are bad news. It likely means that the debt bubble which has been holding up the world economy for a very long–since World War II, at least–is failing to expand sufficiently.[read more]

Importance of Energy Sector Divestments in a Climate-Change-Driven Environment

September 26, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Divestment Efforts and Climate Change

Ernst & Young recently looked at a number of forces that are driving companies to shed assets thereby identifying four dimensions – deal strategy, cost management, speed and risk mitigation – as crucial for any successful divestment transaction.[read more]

European Nations are Increasing Electricity Generation Using No-Carbon Sources

September 26, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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European Energy Generation

Penetration rates of no-carbon generation have increased from 50% to 56% in recent years in Europe. Increasing levels of renewable generation, along with nuclear generation, mean that many European countries generate a large share of their electricity from no-carbon sources.[read more]

New Cost Analysis Shows Unsubsidized Renewables Increasingly Rival Fossil Fuels

September 25, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables

Renewables in the electricity sector are undoubtedly getting cheaper. But exactly how cheap compared to conventional fuels? If using the common levelized cost of energy (LCOE) metric, renewables are actually starting to rival fossil fuels and nuclear on an unsubsidized basis.[read more]

The Spoils of War: US Diplomacy Must Focus on Conflict Resolution Over Oil Revenues

September 25, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Militias across the Middle East have learned they can undermine the authority of existing political leadership in the region by overtaking oil facilities. In Libya, what might have been a successful transitioning government fell into disarray when rebels grabbed and turned off key oil installations.[read more]

Five Reasons Now is the Time for Federal Standards to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

September 24, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Federal Standards on Emissions

This past march, President Obama laid out his Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, where he announced that the EPA will decide by this fall how best to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. Here are five reasons why reducing methane is a national priority.[read more]

Record Greenhouse Gases Continue to Accumulate in the Atmosphere

September 24, 2014 by Henry Auer
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Carbon Accumulation

The world’s climate is affected by the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs), which continued unabated over the course of 2013. GHGs in the atmosphere preferentially retain heat radiating from the earth’s surface and prevent its escape to space.[read more]

The Most Consumed Fuel by State

September 24, 2014 by Robert Rapier
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Fuel Consumption by State

In 49 of 50 states, fossil fuels were the most consumed fuel. South Carolina was the single exception, where nuclear power was the most consumed fuel. And coal consumption predominates in states like West Virginia, Kentucky, and Wyoming, while unsurprisingly oil is the most consumed fuel in Texas.[read more]

A Proverbial "Carbon Sink" to Help Explain Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)

September 23, 2014 by Noah Deich
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The Carbon Sink

Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) can seem like a complex and confusing topic when explained in the academic language common among many of the field's proponents. But the reasons why CDR is important in the fight against climate change are actually fairly simple.[read more]