environmental policy

Energy and the Environment

February 14, 2014 by Jim Baird

Energy and the Environment

One cannot refute the fact that an abundance of energy, primarily from fossil fuels, has been a boon to mankind over the past 250 years. For about the last 35 years however, it has been abundantly clear those benefits have been attended by a significant and mounting environmental cost.[read more]


Were US Energy Policies Effective in Reducing 2013 Fossil Fuels Consumption?

February 12, 2014 by John Miller

Policy and Fossil Fuel Consumption

United States renewable wind & solar power generation capacities grew at historic rates recently. How successful were U.S. energy policies overall in expanding clean energy production-consumption and displacing fossil fuels during 2013?[read more]

Canada's Actions on Climate Sharply Diverge From Government Promises

September 12, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Many of us have experienced the frustration of someone making a promise that is later broken. But when the world’s tenth-largest carbon polluter makes and breaks promises to deliver on major national policies and international climate agreements, it is a different matter.[read more]

Economics and Politics in California: Cap-and-Trade and Trade Exposure

August 19, 2013 by Robert Stavins

No matter how often I meet with policy makers on alternative policy instruments for climate change and other environmental problems, I never cease to be struck by the confusion that abounds regarding the consequences of the initial allowances in a cap-and-trade system.[read more]

Fiscal Cliff Threatens Environmental Protections

November 14, 2012 by Joseph Romm

If Congress fails to reach an agreement, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts would kick in, making it much harder for the government to deliver the health and environmental protections people value. We would feel these punishing cuts in our daily lives.[read more]

The Tragedy of the Commons: Reflecting on a Century of Progress and Problems

February 21, 2011 by Robert Stavins

As the first decade of the twenty-first century comes to a close, the problem of the commons is more important to our lives – and more central to economics – than a century ago when the first issue of the American Economic Review appeared, with an examination by Professor Katharine Coman of Wellesley College of “Some Unsettled Problems...[read more]

The Gulf disaster, and the future of coal

June 17, 2010 by Marc Gunther

If you like the BP oil spill… you’re going to love carbon capture and storage. Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is the technology that offers the best hope of generating electricity from coal in a way that doesn’t further heat up the planet. When people talk about “clean coal” – a phrase that deserves quotes because coal is never...[read more]

Audio: Mitt Romney on the Enviroment

January 14, 2008 by Tim Hurst

This week's Living on Earth has a good story about Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his environmental policies. Now I don't know much about Romney's enviropolitics, except for the fact that while Governor of Massachusetts, he made national headlines with his opposition to Cape Wind, the proposed offshore wind energy...[read more]

Buildings in Green... and Red

November 29, 2007 by Robin Carey

Starting my holiday season waaay too early? No, but I’ve been talking to some smart people recently about some of the strategic, financial issues concerning building green.  On Tuesday I met with Sally Wilson, SVP and Global Director of Environmental Strategy for CBRE, the world’s largest brokerage firm with over 1.7...[read more]

Right Cause, Wrong Reasons

October 4, 2007 by Robin Carey

My mother, who died last year, loved the beautiful farmland and rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia where she spent most of her life. But since the area so close to Washington, DC is threatened with large-scale development, she worried that her beloved landscapes would disappear. Just in the nick of time along came...[read more]