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On When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

If anything, I think this is a part of the sustainability / emissions / Ctax discussion that is unfortunately left out of general discussion. Good points here - and hopefully they can be built upon, as mentioned above.

  • In particular, smart use of the revenues generated by a carbon tax could be just as (if not more) important than the carbon price itself.
  • Public opinion evidence indicates that the most popular use of carbon revenues is to invest in clean energy R&D and pursue additional emission-saving actions, like renewable energy deployment.
July 29, 2014    View Comment    

On Fracking, InsideClimate, and Public Integrity

Energy In Depth must be in favor of entities like Energy Tomorrow and Vote 4 Energy being extremely up front about their affiliations to oil and gas industries, I'd be led to assume by this artlce.

July 29, 2014    View Comment    

On Looking Back at 2013, NYSERDA's Innovation in Efficiency Financing Stands Out

"NYSERDA’s deal demonstrates a path to reach investors to fund efficiency loans. It’s doable today, offers many benefits, and it does not hinge on financial institutions introducing new loan products."

Well, good for you, NY.

January 6, 2014    View Comment    

On The Year in Energy: 10 Big Energy Stories of 2013

Very nice list, Mr Jenkins.

I think the biggest story/nonstory is Fukushima in Japan, as, I think in at least some senses, it is what is most popularly referenced. Again speaking about popularity only and not fact or significance - I think the energy analyst community could do a better job trying to come to a consensus or critical mass of how to view Fukushima. I recently had to do a bit of debunking about it myself, but, even with the pro-nuclear movement getting some 'steam' lately, it would be something to see the general energy headlines become a little more contained about Fukushima.

I'm not pointing fingers here on TEC one way or another (I've obviously been away for a bit). But it's just something I notice as inhibiting energy literacy, when I listen and see what others have to say.

I'm curious to see what 2014 will have in store for that story in particular, no less its relation to nuclear power in general.

January 6, 2014    View Comment    

On What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

You simply can't be serious about the remark "Water rights within the US have always been a priority issue". I'm not actually even talking about fracking, either.

"Water usage and disposal is also included in the drilling-production permit and must be approved by the responsible Environmental Agency.  Water rights within the U.S. has always been a priority issue, so do not assume the owner of the water is ignorant to the gas production operation or consumption. "

Water rights are a priority issue in terms of politicizing who has access to clean water, and to some extent who has to pay to clean up dirty water. Protecting water rights for everyday people - definitely not a priority.


"I suggest you do not discount the performance and expertise of existing State and Local Environmental Agencies that have primary responsibilities to review, permit and inspect gas production operations.  If production problems should occur these same Agencies are very capable of identifying the issue and ensuring it is properly addressed by the primary responsible entity (i.e. the company that applied for and received the drilling permit)."

This is what agitates me. This is political-regulatory idealism at its utmost. This is assuming "the government will make it all better", should someone else screw up or try to cut corners. It's not the science that worries me about eneergy or related technology. It's the humans who have to make sure everything goes according to plan.

Performance and Expertise - right up there with Safe & Responsible.

I know we're all working towards a better future here, but, when trying to figure out how to meet energy demands runs roughshod over health and environmental concerns, and glaring red flags in regulatory practice and enforcement - that's not sound analysis. We all wish fracking was some magical process that only yielded benefits, but it's not so. Can it be better in terms of emissions and near-term economics than coal? Yes. Have we figured out a way to properly regulate and enforce the regulations? No. The bar is too low.

If these regulatory practices were "very capable", the resistance to fracking would be much less widespread. Who wouldn't want lower energy costs and some jobs? It's just not that simple.

September 18, 2013    View Comment    

On What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

Geoffrey, why not state declaratively how you feel, rather than the loaded questions?

Your response seems particularly intellectually siloed in terms of "energy analysis". I am rather put off by this constant blurring of lines between regulation and demand for energy. Nowhere in your response do you address regulation, or why NYers are hesitant to embrace fracking.

To be bogusly rhetorical - does that mean that you simply don't care about fracking regulations? If not, how come you didn't actually talk about that rather than focus on other arguments - which apparently trump the importance of improving fracking regulations and safety? Does this indeed mean you have no particular concern about how the energy is produced, just so long as demand is met? Etc etc etc.

(I don't believe those assertions to be true, for what its worth. I'm simply reflecting the general avoidance of the issue presened.)

As a state, New Yorkers can't control what the rest of the country/world does regarding fracking - and thereby its pricing. You want to call NIMBY to address regulations - alright. I think it's a bit of a petty argument to suggest that the only way to be 'pure' here is if New Yorkers all abandoned natural gas (and propane) altogether. But, alright, idealism - it's a factor in all of these talks, sure - on all sides of the coin.

If you want to label New Yorkers hypocrits, go ahead. But I bet much of the people in NY who don't want fracking are much more interested in preserving their land and water than anything else. This is perhaps why there is significant resistance in NY to begin with - that and people are tired of regulatory issues being glossed over, and only trumpeting economic benefits - or as in the OP, marco energy development patterns.


...this said, I expect fracking to commence in New York within the next few years - I would be rather surprised if NY as a whole rejects it for much longer. But (at least some of) the reistance is there for its own reasons, and not because of the cost of energy one way or another.

September 18, 2013    View Comment    

On What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

Huh, this might have been the first moral argument I encountered in favor of fracking - if other people are going to have fracking related complications for the sake of cheaper energy - then New Yorkers ought to join in this shared sacrifice. If less-than-sound practices are benefiting you in any way, you better condone those policies. How about that.

But hey, it shouldn't be news to anyone that there is idealism on all sides of the fracking debate.


September 18, 2013    View Comment    

On What Would Be the Impacts of Shutting Down All Fracking?

"Regulatory strategy". That's really what the problem is about. Many individual towns in NY are banninng fracking on their own, because they don't see much sound "regulatory strategy".

September 18, 2013    View Comment    

On On the Origins of Research

As someone aspiring to get into academics as a career, I appreciate this post. Thanks for sharing.

August 14, 2013    View Comment    

On Unlocking the UK's Shale Gas Potential

Hm, so no serious discussion of health impacts or water costs, or regulatory concerns. More idealistic talk, this time from the UK. If a state is very interested in seeming attractive to shale producers, that's how to go about it with your rhetoric.

August 14, 2013    View Comment    

On Reaching Energy Limits in a Finite World

Agreed, Rick.

May 9, 2013    View Comment    

On What Nuclear Energy Can Learn From Spectra Natural Gas Pipeline Campaign [VIDEO]

Don't get me wrong, though - Nuclear Energy needs a ton of PR help in my opinion. I wish there were more videos and statistics and 'happy people' talking about the benefits of nuclear energy. I guess to be devil's advocate - at least this is a video that tries to engage people on something - but this being TEC and us being the energy scrutinizers that we are - we're going to have our opinions.

More is  in order - even those sappy, we're all one big family, here I care about us kind of videos -- if that's where substantial PR (alas, even marketing) would dictate. I don't generally push for  more 'marketing' or image-pushing, but, in the case of nuclear energy, there is a steep hill to climb. A steep hill, and very little positive inertia on its own.

Even regarding things here in New York, I've heard more about basically every other type of energy - natural gas / fracking, solar, wind, even biofuel - rather than nuclear.

May 9, 2013    View Comment