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Energy Experts Unplugged... Volume 9

August 1, 2014 by America's Power Plan

This is the most recent edition of the ongoing monthly series of short answers to some of the questions we’ve been hearing about the energy industry from public utilities commissions, market operators, utilities, legislators, and other energy decision-makers.[read more]

Top 5 EU Energy Issues: All You Need to Know for the Italian Presidency [VIDEO]

July 11, 2014 by Kasper Peters

Energy and the Italian Presidency

Hughes Belin, leading energy journalist for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, picks out the top 5 energy issues that will be discussed by the European institutions under the Italian Presidency, including the security of supply as the crisis between Ukraine and Russia continues.[read more]

Oil Production: The U.S. is Looking at Saudi Arabia in the Rearview Mirror

July 9, 2014 by Sarah Battaglia

As Americans, we naturally strive to become number one. Our country has already dominated a handful of categories and achieved recognition for things like the most patents, and the most Olympic medals. Now we can be proud of a new achievement: largest oil producer in the world.[read more]

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

July 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen

In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist."[read more]

Americans Seeking Leadership: The Threats are Real, so a Pep Talk for 2014

January 7, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

I was thinking of doing a year in review blog as would be customary for this time of year but the sense of disorder in the world is so great, it was hard to know where to start. For the energy sector, there are so many factors that could turn into negative Black Swans, it is hard to know how to prioritize them.[read more]

Warsaw to World Leaders: You Have Your Work Cut Out for You

November 26, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

COP 19 and Leadership

The negotiations in Warsaw, Poland have wrapped up. World leaders have their work cut out for them, but the path is clear. Key countries must outline their proposed new emissions target for the period after 2020 before early 2015. And they must act aggressively now.[read more]

Leadership for Energy Efficiency

November 25, 2013 by Sadhbh Ní Hógáin

Efficiency Leadership

In conversation, Rod Janssen, long-term consultant to the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) talks about the Recast EPBD, low energy buildings, and the important need for true strong leadership on energy efficiency.[read more]

How California's K-12 Schools Can Teach Us About Energy Efficiency

October 30, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram

California Schools and Energy Efficiency

California has long been a leading indicator of national energy-efficiency trends, passing minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators in 1976, years before the federal government. The state is about to blaze another energy efficiency path, so the rest of the country and world might want to pay attention.[read more]

Understanding the Continued Dominance of Fossil Fuels

October 14, 2013 by Schalk Cloete

Fossil Fuel Dominance

We live in a time where rapid change is pretty much the only certainty, but one thing that continues to rather stubbornly maintain the status quo is our energy mix. Fossil fuels still completely dominate global energy consumption with a roughly 87% share.[read more]

Is the Global Leadership Paradigm Right for Battling Climate Change?

July 12, 2013 by David Hone

Carbon emissions are growing exponentially and that no amount of energy efficiency or alternative energy investment is going to change that pathway anytime soon. Both approaches may be exacerbating the problem.[read more]

The Solution Is Finding New Answers

May 19, 2013 by Gary L. Hunt

Most leaders believe they made it to the top because of their experience, knowledge and past success. The problem with that assumption is today is no longer a reflection of the past.[read more]

Clean Energy Bill Released: Now It’s Time for Leadership

May 12, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

Today, Senator Kerry and Senator Lieberman released comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. The bill provides a good starting point, and we look forward to working with Senate Majority Leader Reid and President Obama to build on this foundation without delay to deliver legislation that puts Americans back to work, reduces our...[read more]

Energy Security Populism: Oil Prices, American Leaders, and Media

March 22, 2010 by Robert Rapier

The following guest essay is by Kevin Kane. Kevin is an energy market strategist, Asia political affairs analyst, and Korean language linguist living in Seoul, South Korea. Kevin previously published American Freedom from Oil: A Bipartisan Pipedream. Energy Security Populism: Oil Prices, American Leaders, and Media American leaders...[read more]

G20 Falls Short on Environmental Issues

September 28, 2009 by Tim Hurst

[Editor's note: Instead of recording a post-G20 'Gang of Four' podcast, Earth and Industry's David Wescott, also of It's Not a Lecture, spurred his colleagues to write a short reaction to this week's G20 meeting in Pittsburgh. Despite his prodding, however, his colleagues fell short. -TH] The G20 didn’t focus nearly the amount of...[read more]

Should Al Gore (or Anyone Else) be Praising Green China?

September 26, 2009 by Richard Brubaker

If there is one thing that continually bothers me, it is when people (leaders in particular) selectively cherry pick a few data points and come up with a broad stroke ASSessment of what is occurring on the ground. It is of course a global phenomenon, but in the realm of green, carbon, and rhetoric, there is a huge amount of this...[read more]