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New EPA Rules to Come Out June 2, New Report on Technologies for Carbon Reduction

May 23, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

EPA and GHG Regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to develop its first greenhouse gas performance standards for new and existing power plants. These standards could increase opportunities for both supply- and demand-side advanced energy technologies to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars.[read more]

Oral Argument Hints that Supreme Court May Trim Back US Industrial Source Greenhouse Gas Regulations

February 26, 2014 by James Coleman
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On Monday, February 24, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in which petitioners challenged the EPA’s “Prevention of Significant Deterioration” (“PSD”) regulations for stationary industrial sources of greenhouse gases.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Encouraging Advanced Biofuels Development in a Low Carbon Economy

February 27, 2013 by Jeff Kessler
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Harvesting for Biofuels via Shutterstock

 

The majority of biofuel development to date has been driven by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the United States and the ethanol program in Brazil, Proálcool. These programs have created a burgeoning ethanol industry, and the RFS program has gone slightly further to provide additional support for biodiesel and to lay the groundwork for next generation biofuels like cellulosic ethanol.[read more]

Could IT Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 16% by 2020?

December 19, 2012 by Clifton Yin
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The Global e-Sustainability Initiative, an information and communication technology (ICT) industry partnership, just released a new report that details how expanded use of ICT could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 16.5% by 2020 and offset $1.9 trillion in gross energy and fuel costs. Unsurprisingly, the power and transportation sectors are found to have the highest potential for GHG emission reduction via greater ICT adoption.[read more]

Initial IPCC Predictions on Global Temperature Rise Remarkably Accurate

December 12, 2012 by Tom Schueneman
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The tremendous complexity combined with the short-term and local variability of climate make accurately forecasting global climate change one of the most challenging and daunting tasks ever undertaken by the scientific community. Nonetheless, spurred on by growing number of signs that significant climate changes were under way, climate...[read more]

New Report Suggests Best Approach to Invest Cap and Trade Revenue

April 19, 2012 by Kristin Eberhard

California’s safest option for guarding against lawsuits over how it spends the billions anticipated from its landmark cap-and-trade program is to channel the auction revenue toward reducing greenhouse gas pollution and furthering the goals of its Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), according to a recent analysis.The conclusion by the...[read more]

Canada’s Step Away From the Kyoto Protocol Can Be a Constructive Step Forward

June 13, 2011 by Robert Stavins

Canada confirmed today (June 10, 2011) that it will not take on a target under an extension of the Kyoto Protocol following the completion of the first commitment period, 2008-2012.  Given that Canada is likely to miss by a wide margin its current target under the first commitment period, this decision may not be surprising, but it...[read more]

The Science Behind Obama's Legislative “Chunks”

January 5, 2011 by David Livingston

Given President Obama’s recent declaration that the new course of energy policy may come in the form of “chunks” rather than comprehensive legislation, we must ask ourselves which chunks to push for first if we want better emission outcomes? In order to answer this question, it is necessary to better understand the emissions profile of...[read more]

The Results of Energy Policy

January 5, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
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The combination of an energy event yesterday in Washington, DC that I was unable to attend and a comment I received on Monday's posting got me thinking about energy policy in the context of the new year and the start of the new Congressional session today.National energy policy has been debated throughout my adult life, whether the...[read more]

Carbon Capture: What are Economic and Social Benefits?

January 5, 2011 by Global CCS Institute

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is a vital tool in the global fight against climate change. With its important application to the capture and storage of carbon dioxide emissions from power stations, CCS has a crucial role to play in tackling greenhouse gas emissions whilst maintaining security of supply. The International Energy Agency...[read more]

Expanded investment for Green Chemicals: Outlook for 2011

January 4, 2011 by Doris de Guzman

After the dark economic events of 2009, 2010 is a brighter year for renewable chemical/ industrial biotechnology/ green chemistry companies as far as project milestones, investment activities and company exposures are concerned. More traditional chemical [and petroleum] companies are jumping into the concept of using renewable-based...[read more]

How to “Green” a Hamburger

January 4, 2011 by Marc Gunther
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Plastic bags, SUVs and hamburgers: No right-thinking tree-hugger would endorse them, at least not in public. But here’s the thing: While we can replace plastic bags with reusable ones, and we can electrify our SUVs, the world’s consumers will almost surely demand more, not less, beef in the years ahead. Which is why the World Wildlife...[read more]

2011: The Year of Regulation?

January 3, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
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Some new years seem newer than others, bringing major changes rather than just the turning of a calendar page. 2011 is shaping up that way, with a return to divided government in the US and the beginning of national greenhouse gas regulation by the EPA based on that agency's interpretation of the Clean Air Act, rather than as a result of...[read more]

Can Carbon Emissions Markets Accelerate Smart Grid Progress?

December 27, 2010 by Christine Hertzog

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) recently initiated rule making for the state’s cap and trade regulation as part of AB 32, and it’s an important tactic towards reducing California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The first step to reduce the state’s GHG emissions to 1990 levels by the year 2020, and then an additional...[read more]

Australian weather bureau: “Central Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are now at their warmest level since the El Niño of 1997-98″

December 25, 2009 by Joseph Romm

That’s the the 7-day (12/14-12/20) sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly map from Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (ABM).  Their El Niño-Southern Oscillation report finds: Pacific Ocean temperatures remain at levels typical of a mature El Niño….  As a result, central Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are now at their...[read more]