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Leveraging the Natural Gas Boom to Cut Carbon

June 11, 2013 by Doug Vine

There are opportunities beyond electricity generation – in buildings, manufacturing and transportation – where expanded natural gas use could help reduce emissions in the near and medium term.[read more]

Debunking the "Electric Cars Aren’t Green" Myth

June 7, 2013 by Lindsay Wilson

EV emissions

It’s time to bust this thing wide open. "Electric cars aren’t green" is a great bit of counter-intuitive headline bait, but it’s bad maths.[read more]

Climate Change and The Burning Question

June 3, 2013 by David Hone

The Burning Question

Rather than speculate on the potential severity of climate events or try to convince readers that simple changes in consumer behaviour will solve everything, this book takes a dispassionate look at the global energy system.[read more]

The Irrelevance of Climate Change Skeptics

May 29, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

Senator James Inhofe

Climate skeptics are not all powerful and may not even be much relevant to efforts to decarbonize the global economy. They have, however, cast a spell upon their opponents.[read more]

Climate Change Arithmetic: Missing the Big Picture

May 27, 2013 by Robert Wilson

Counting renewable energy, and not carbon is bad arithmetic. We keep our eye on the progress of renewables, yet the resurgence of coal in Europe gets ignored.[read more]

Climate Change Math: More Carbon in Ground than Atmosphere Can Take

May 22, 2013 by Adam Whitmore

There is vastly more carbon in the ground than can safely be put into the atmosphere, whatever temperature limit you think there should be. Policy should seek to ensure the available carbon budget is used as wisely as possible.[read more]

The Price of Ignoring Energy Innovation

May 16, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

what of future energy needs?


If carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are to stop increasing, then nearly all of oue future energy consumption must come from technologies that produce zero emissions.[read more]

CO2 Hits New High: Living In a League Where Batting 400 Is Not Good

May 11, 2013 by David Doniger

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Carbon dioxide concentrations have hit 400 parts per million for the first time in at least three million years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced yesterday.[read more]

Climate Change and CO2 400 ppm

May 11, 2013 by Lou Grinzo

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400ppm is of extreme interest for two reasons: First, it’s too bloody high. Second, the CO2 level isn’t just rising, it’s doing so at a high rate.[read more]

EIA: Current Energy Policy Would Keep U.S. Carbon Emissions Flat Through 2040

May 1, 2013 by Joseph Romm

CO2 emissions

The good news is that merely by extending existing energy policies, the United States could keep energy-related carbon dioxide emissions flat through 2040. That’s also the bad news — for two reasons.[read more]

Are Fossil Fuel Companies Pouring Money Down the Drain?

April 27, 2013 by Kevin Grandia

Despite the growing carbon bubble, and the inevitable movement towards renewables, energy companies continue to pour billions of dollars into discovering new fossil fuel reserves.[read more]

Finding a New Direction in Climate Change Policy

April 26, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Addressing climate change means reformulating stale approaches of the past twenty years to drive innovation. A number of policies are beginning to emerge, but they need more attention and support. The climate won’t wait any longer.[read more]

State of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

April 23, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

EU carbon market

The fact that the EU Emissions Trading Scheme has fallen short of expectations has much more to do with unrealistic expectations than it does with a surprising decision by the European parliament.[read more]

EU Carbon Market Collapse Won’t Kill Cap And Trade

April 22, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

EU carbon market

Declaring the death of carbon markets and cap and trade policy over Europe’s struggles is a knee-jerk reaction which overlooks significant developments for carbon trading around the world.[read more]

Renewables Aren’t Yet Cleaning Up the Global Energy System

April 21, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

dirty energy's winning

Despite big drops in the cost of renewable energy systems and strong growth in deployment around the world, the fossil fuel industry remains unchallenged in its dominance, pushing global carbon emissions without any signs of stopping.[read more]