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EIA Projections Show Hydro Growth Limited by Economics not Resources

July 11, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy
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Hydro and Economics

A recent study conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the U.S. Department of Energy, the New Stream-reach Development Resource Assessment, finds that 61 gigawatts (GW) of hydroelectric power potential exists at waterways without existing dams or diversion facilities.[read more]

Decoupling: A New Ecomodernist Paradigm for Humans and Nature

July 9, 2014 by Kirsty Gogan

A New Paradig

I’ve just returned from an enlightening Dialogue meeting run by the Breakthrough Institute in Sausalito, California. Winner of the event’s ‘paradigm prize’ was Jesse H. Ausubel. His research shows that modern economies have lightened their diet in terms of energy, water, land and materials consumption.[read more]

Some Energy System Home Truths

June 30, 2014 by David Hone

BP Review of World Energy

One point of note on the annual calendar of energy events is the release by BP of their Statistical Review of World Energy. The data, all available to download in Excel format, covers the period up to the end of the previous year, and as such is about 18 months ahead of the equivalent data from the IEA.[read more]

Can We Dismiss This 'Economists Only Care About GDP' Crap, Once and For All?

November 20, 2013 by Andrew Leach

David Suzuki often talks about the Economics 101 course he took which ignored externalities. That certainly didn’t match with my recollection: the second half of my microeconomics 101 course was all about market failures due to monopoly, incomplete information, public goods, or environmental pollution.[read more]

LNG Exports - The $35 Billion Bull Invading Canada: Interview with Jason Sawatzky

October 12, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Jason Sawatzky is Director of Institutional Equity Research at AltaCorp, where he focuses on oilfield services. Prior to joining AltaCorp, Sawatzky was an associate analyst covering oilfield services at Stifel Nicolaus from 2009 to 2011.[read more]

LNG Exports Could Create Big Job, Economic Numbers

May 17, 2013 by Mark Green

jobs multiplier effect?

LNG exports are projected to produce annual increases in revenue to federal, state and local governments of between $6.4 billion to $9.3 billion in the base scenario to $27.9 billion to $40.4 billion in the high-export scenario by 2035.[read more]

Reaching Energy Limits in a Finite World

May 7, 2013 by Gail Tverberg
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Our financial system has been built assuming that economic growth will continue indefinitely. There is significant risk that the recessionary influences of high oil costs will bring down the current economy.[read more]

New Survey: Majority of US Against Raising Energy Taxes

March 24, 2013 by Mark Green
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economic consequences of taxes

A new national survey finds that big majorities think higher taxes on the industry – as have been proposed by the administration and some in Congress – would be harmful to consumers and the economy.[read more]

No jobs in economic modeling

December 7, 2010 by Gernot Wagner

Co-authored with Nat Keohane. Last week Nat Keohane and I tried to shed some light on the inner workings of economic models when it comes to jobs. Among other more specific statements around climate policy, we also said that, many macroeconomic models don’t actually attempt to model jobs. In fact, they generally assume full...[read more]

Where we stand : leading economic indicators, S&P 500, crude oil prices and the economy

June 22, 2010 by Ee Mien Low

The economic recovery looks good, and the job market hasn't been anywhere as booming in a long time, albeit apparently limited to certain sectors of the economy. Crude oil prices have risen and have been gone over the $78-79 level in the past few trading sessions, and pump prices have gone up in recent weeks. Hopes are high that the...[read more]

The Administration Should Protect Economic Engine of the Gulf: Marine Life

May 27, 2010 by Frances Beinecke

For five weeks now, we have watched the Deepwater Horizon disaster spew oil and toxic dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico. This isn’t a simple spill on surface water. It is an ongoing, deepwater catastrophe occurring in one of the most productive marine environments in the world. Yet the Obama Administration’s response hasn’t matched the...[read more]

Designing federal programs that work

November 11, 2009 by Michael Giberson

From Government Executive: As Washington considers an overhaul of the nation’s health care system affecting roughly one-seventh of our economy, a critical question arises: How effective are we at crafting legislation that can be implemented? To answer this question, we partnered with Government Executive in 2008 to survey members of the...[read more]

Valuing demand destruction … critical to understanding value of clean energy action

October 28, 2009 by A Siegel

There are many things being lost in the discussion of the cost-benefit equation when it comes to mitigating global warming. When doing cost-benefit analyses, organizations like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are constrained to consider just one quadrant of what could be considered (in...[read more]

Too Good to be True?

September 16, 2009 by Robert Stavins
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Global climate change is a serious environmental threat, and sound public policies are needed to address it effectively and sensibly. There is now significant interest and activity within both the U.S. Administration and the U.S. Congress to develop a meaningful national climate policy in this country.  (If you’re interested, please...[read more]

Join my own dang Pigou Club

July 23, 2009 by John Whitehead

The negative externality of wind turbine transport (Slow, costly ...):As demand for clean energy grows, towns around the country are finding their traffic patterns roiled as convoys carrying disassembled towers that will reach more than 250 feet in height, as well as motors, blades and other parts roll through. Escorted by patrol cars...[read more]