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Energy Quote of the Day: "You're Handing a Bat to Your Opponents..."

August 30, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Climate Change and Political Ads

Tom Steyer the billionaire hedge fund manager turned enviro-political activist is spending big bucks to sway voters toward pro-climate-action democrats in the midterm elections this fall, but some are questioning the factual integrity of ads sponsored by Steyer’s super PAC NextGen.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Internalized Costs of Energy Storage Via Synfuels

August 12, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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Internalized Costs of Synfuels

 

This article will gather some data about TEC community views on the global average internalized cost of using synfuels as a primary energy storage mechanism. Please add your opinion so we can gather a statistically significant sample and get a meaningful indication of the consensus (or lack thereof).[read more]

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InsideClimate News Responds to Steve Everley of Energy in Depth

July 30, 2014 by InsideClimate News
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Responding to Energy in Depth

The ploy by Energy in Depth and other industry public relations professionals to manufacture an imaginary public enemy called the "anti-fracking industry" is not a substitute for controlling fracking's toxic air emissions.[read more]

IEA Executive Director Denounces Subsidy-Fueled 'Wasteful Consumption'

July 25, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Fuel Subsidies and Waste

Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) recently expressed her view that “ending ‘wasteful fossil fuel subsidies’, which may encourage overconsumption of oil and gas, particularly in the Middle East,” still constitutes a big challenge around the world.[read more]

Votes Show Strong Support for Colorado Energy, Rejection of Anti-Fracking Activism

July 5, 2014 by Simon Lomax
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Whether you’re in Loveland, Denver or even the nation’s capital, the events of the past two weeks have proved once more that Coloradans from across the political spectrum support homegrown energy production and all the benefits that go with it.[read more]

The Culture of Environmentalism and Sustainability

July 1, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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People like to breathe. Rich, poor, Tea Party Republicans, progressive Democrats, old, young, Americans, people from other countries, all are united in the biological necessities of being human. The political support for environmental protection is derived from this fundamental fact.[read more]

Our Comment in Nature Calling for Oil Sands Moratorium

June 30, 2014 by Mark Jaccard
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Here is the press release for our 'Nature' paper, released June 25, calling for a moratorium on oil sands expansion. This means no loss of current jobs in the oil sands. But it does mean a return to sanity from this selfish rush to accelerate global warming, ocean acidification and ecological destruction.[read more]

Of Climate Change and Invalidated Assumptions and Plain Old Obstinance

June 27, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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How people, whether individually or in groups of various sizes, respond to the most obvious threats of climate change — higher temperatures and humidity, floods and droughts, and perhaps most obviously, rising sea levels — is a topic as fascinating as it is important.[read more]

Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A 'Climate Crash' With A Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Risk and Carbon Taxes

The choice is apparent to all but the most extreme head-in-the-sand idealogues: We can learn from science and from the mistakes of the past, take on the “climate bubble” now, and unleash the power of innovation to spur the next industrial revolution.[read more]

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Equity at Stake in Solar Energy Ownership Debate

June 23, 2014 by Ben Mandel
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Equity and Solar

Despite the many benefits rooftop solar already confers, it will likely need to play an even larger role going forward if we are to reach ambitious decarbonization targets. Yet its proliferation to date has raised prickly questions of policy design and social equity.[read more]

More Scrutiny for National Groups, Big Donors Funding Colorado 'Ban Fracking' Campaign

June 20, 2014 by Simon Lomax
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Ban Fracking Campaigns

Over the course of recent months, Energy In Depth Mountain States has examined the national activist organizations and ultra-rich donors who are pushing many local and statewide campaigns to ban oil and gas development in Colorado.[read more]

Science is Science, but Indifference Trumps All

June 13, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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Can you think of anything more revelatory, more condemning of a broad population, than their consistently putting their own short-term gratification ahead of the well being of the world’s children, including their own? Perhaps we need a term for such willful indifference.[read more]

How Much Public Support is Needed for Policymaker Action on Climate Change?

June 11, 2014 by Kelly Klima
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The vast majority of scientists and researchers in the United States and throughout the world agree that manmade emissions are likely exacerbating climate change. Despite U.S. news articles to the contrary, since 2007 no scientific body has disagreed with this position.[read more]

Resetting the Climate Conversation: The EPA's Focus on the Pocketbook, not Polar Bears

June 10, 2014 by Matt Stewart

Most of the solutions being discussed to meet the EPA's proposed mandates—renewables, natural gas, utility efficiency programs—have been around for decades and are already gaining traction. Yet the language the EPA uses to describe the proposed rule represents a significant shift.[read more]

Nearly Everyone We Talk to In Turkey Says It's Getting Warmer. Is It?

June 9, 2014 by David Kroodsma
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Turkey and Global Warming

Through Google translate and an extremely basic command of the Turkish language, we have been asking people as we travel if the climate has changed where they live. We've been surprised by how unanimous the response is: nearly everyone says that it is warmer than it once was.[read more]