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Coal Emissions Equal an Athabasca Oil Sands Reserve Every Four Years

February 6, 2014 by Robert Rapier

Coal Emissions

I have argued that while Keystone XL has mobilized a lot of passion and energy, its threat is minuscule compared to the world’s growing carbon dioxide emissions. Thus, I believe most of the effort being directed at stopping Keystone XL would be better directed at the world’s coal emissions.[read more]

Why a Finite World is a Problem

January 6, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Finite World Problems

A finite world is a problem because we and all of the other creatures living in this world share the same piece of “real estate.” If humans use increasingly more resources, other species necessarily use less. Even “renewable” resources are shared with other species.[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]

Inequity: Energy Risk and the Future

November 8, 2013 by Jim Baird

If you were to awaken tomorrow morning to find a shattered and empty piggy bank on your preschooler’s bedroom floor, there would probably be hell to pay. Why then the dead silence when it comes to their environmental and economic futures?[read more]

How Resource Limits Lead to Financial Collapse

April 1, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Many from the “peak oil” community say we should worry about a decline in world oil supply. In my view, the danger is quite different: The real danger is financial collapse, coming much earlier.[read more]

12 Reasons Why Globalization is a Huge Problem

February 24, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Globalization seems to be looked on as an unmitigated “good” by economists. Unfortunately, economists seem to be guided by their badly flawed models; they miss real-world problems.[read more]

It's Carbon Tax Time!

November 10, 2011 by Marc Gunther

“I was a huge supporter of cap and trade,” said Wayne Leonard, the CEO of Entergy, a $11 billion utility company. “We developed enormously elegant solutions, but they couldn’t get done.” Taxing carbon emissions is the next best way to deal with the threat of global climate disruptions, he said, in part because it would give the energy...[read more]

Energy Efficiency: An Uphill Battle on A Slippery Slope

October 7, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

With apologies for the dueling cliches in today's title, that image conveys the conflicting messages I received from a pair of events on the topic of energy efficiency this week. Yesterday I watched a panel discussion on energy efficiency finance, part of the valuable First Wednesday series of seminars from Resources for the Future in D....[read more]

How Reliable are Cost Estimates for Environmental Regulation?

March 8, 2010 by John Whitehead

Tiffany Clements: Anecdotal information often drives a perception that environmental regulation is responsible for significant economic damage to regulated industries, including reduced productivity and lost jobs. Thus, opponents often claim that rules will be catastrophically costly. Proponents argue the contrary. A 2000 RFF analysis...[read more]

Electricity: Ready for Centre Stage (Part 4 – Priorities for Government and Industry)

March 4, 2010 by Pierre Guimond

In Parts 1-3 of this series, we looked at electricity’s modern revolution and how it will set traditional concerns aside as out of date, and in so doing will bring five timely and relevant new priorities to the fore for governments and industry to address. We’ll look now at the first of these priorities, as I see them… (...[read more]

It's getting better all the time... or is it?

October 6, 2009 by John Whitehead

Guest post from Jim Roumasset:RFF's Weathervane Blog has a brief side-by-side comparison of Kerry-Boxer and Waxman-Markey. Environmental economics has clearly influenced the debate. Some outstanding issues:                      ...[read more]

Nuclear power: An inconvenient solution?

October 6, 2009 by Marc Gunther

Renewable energy threatens the planet. Who knew? Our nation runs the risk of damaging the environment, in the name of saving the environment. There are negative consequences from producing energy from the sun, the wind and the earth. So, at least, said Lamar Alexander, the Republican senator from Tennessee and a long-time conservationist...[read more]