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Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

June 19, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Policy and New Ideas

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher the cost of mitigation and the harder the task.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction

June 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Action and Inaction

What are the future impacts of a changing climate system? Extreme weather? Higher sea level? More drought and heat waves? Where will these impacts be felt the most? Answering these questions depends on a simple factor: the quantity of carbon emissions emitted in the coming decades.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 1: Humans are Changing the Climate for the Worse

June 4, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Humans and Global Warming

With each passing year, the science, observations, and modeling of global climate change become even clearer: humans continue to influence global climate change by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which increases Earth’s average temperature.[read more]

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Spurring a Manufacturing Renaissance: Increasing Competitiveness through Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Efficiency and Competitiveness

United States Representative Matt Cartwright recently introduced the Job Creation through Energy Efficient Manufacturing Act (H.R. 4162), which would encourage the use of energy efficient technologies in the manufacturing sector of the economy.[read more]

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Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

March 24, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Access, Climate, and Innovation

 

The United Nations recently declared the next ten years the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” and there is perhaps no better way to kick off the decade than with a compelling discussion about how to actually reach this important goal.[read more]

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Making Clean Energy a Reality for All

March 10, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Clean Energy Access

Climate change is a global problem that requires a solution at scale with its extensive nature. This is an unfortunate reality that is often overlooked in climate policy debates, which in the past few decades have been focused on national efforts to develop economic mechanisms to regulate carbon.[read more]

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#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

January 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Obama's State of the Union

 

Last night, the President gave his State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of his previous five speeches and this year was no different.[read more]

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Time to Make Abrupt Climate Change and Earth Observation a Policy Priority

January 14, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Abrupt Climate Change and Policy

The National Research Council released a new report in December calling for the development of an Abrupt Change Early Warning System (ACEWS), adding to the growing list of energy and climate policies the world needs to rapidly adopt.[read more]

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60 Minutes of Epic Fail and the Real Energy Policy Debates CBS Missed

January 10, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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60 Minutes and Energy Policy Debates

Part of me doesn’t want to waste anymore digital ink on the CBS 60 Minutes CleanTech Crash segment. It stirs the pot of energy and climate commentators and causes a mini firestorm. It’s clear why: it sidesteps policy debates that are too important to ignore and paints a very one-sided picture.[read more]

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Top Washington D.C. Clean Energy Policy Stories from 2013

December 23, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Top Clean Energy Policy Stories

U.S. clean energy policy was as caught up in Washington gridlock as most other issue areas in 2013. No climate-saving clean tech bill passed through Congress and even modest, bi-partisan energy efficiency legislation failed to get to the President’s desk.[read more]

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Part 4: Pittsburgh, From Rust Belt Loser to Clean Energy Leader

November 6, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Pittsburgh Clean Energy

Pittsburgh is considered the quintessential rust belt city, historically focused on manufacturing, but fallen on hard times since the 1980’s. But Pittsburgh is remaking itself by leveraging its regional strengths in education and healthcare and making strategic investments in innovation capacity.[read more]

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Part 3: Midwest Building World Class Tools to Spur Energy Innovation

October 7, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Innovation

As the United States clean energy economy continues to slowly grow, Chicago, and the Midwest more broadly, is taking a prominent role in accelerating its development. I sat down with two leading groups in this effort, the Clean Energy Trust, and the Energy Foundry.[read more]