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Lighting, Electricity, Steel: Energy Efficiency Backfire in Emerging Economies

By Max Luke, Amy Meyer, Ted Nordhaus, Harry Saunders, Michael Shellenberger, and Alex TrembathCountries that expect to consume much more energy will likely experience higher levels of energy efficiency rebound, concludes a new Breakthrough report,...

Posted October 9, 2014    

Solar Panels Are Not Cell Phones

By Alex Trembath and Max Luke“Developing countries can leapfrog conventional options,” the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon wrote in the New York Times last year, “just as they leapfrogged land-line based phone technologies in favor of mobile...

Posted June 18, 2014    

Our High-Energy Planet

by Roger Pielke, Jr., Daniel Sarewitz, Alex Trembath, Jason Lloyd, Lisa Margonelli, Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Mark Caine, Max Luke, Todd Moss, Joyashree Roy, Mikael Roman, Kartikeya SinghMore than one billion people globally...

Posted April 9, 2014    

Baucus Proposal A Promising Start, But Neglects Existing Nuclear

By Max Luke and Alex TrembathLast month Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus released a proposal to replace 42 existing energy tax incentives with two “technology neutral” tax credits, one for electricity fuels and the other for transportation fuels....

Posted January 28, 2014    

Mark Bittman Wrong On Gas: How New York Times Columnist Misunderstands Shale Revolution

In last week’s Opinion Pages of the New York Times, columnist Mark Bittman argues that natural gas has little potential as a bridge to zero-carbon energy and that gas should play a limited role in the country’s energy strategy. He concludes by...

Posted September 30, 2013    

Gas Industry Should Embrace Regulation

By Max Luke and Alex TrembathOn Thursday, August 29, President Obama visited Binghamton, New York, and was met by a diverse collection of citizens. On one side were organized opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, protesting the President’s...

Posted September 25, 2013    

Trash, Trees, and Taxes: The Cost of Germany's Energiewende

By Max Luke, Jessica Lovering, and Alex TrembathGermany’s renewable energy transition, the “Energiewende,” has long been a subject of scorn among conservatives, who have argued that it is a massive ratepayer-subsidized boondoggle that has harmed...

Posted September 16, 2013    

Nuclear and Gas Account for Most Carbon Displacement Since 1950

A new analysis finds that the vast majority of the CO2 emissions associated with America’s carbon intensity decline since the mid-1900s can be attributed to the increasing shares of two energy sources: nuclear fission and natural gas. These two...

Posted September 5, 2013    

Subsidies for Solar Two Times Higher Than for Nuclear in California

California has spent two times more on subsidies for solar than nuclear, measured on a per-kilowatt basis, according to a new Breakthrough analysis. The finding challenges a new analysis from DBL investors, which compares nuclear to solar subsidies...

Posted September 3, 2013    

Methane Leakage Not a Deal Breaker for Natural Gas

This post was co-authored by Alex Trembath, Policy Analyst at the Breakthrough Institute.In an op-ed published in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, engineering professor Anthony Ingraffea argued that natural gas should not be...

Posted July 31, 2013    

Greens Should Support Coal-Killing Natural Gas, Like They Used To

This post was co-authored by Alex Trembath, policy analyst at the Breakthrough InstituteFor decades, natural gas was considered a highly attractive alternative to coal. It produced fewer greenhouse gas emissions, resulted in far less toxic pollution...

Posted July 18, 2013    

German Energiewende Successful, But We Still Need Nuclear Energy

This post was co-authored by Jessica Lovering, policy analyst at the Breakthrough InstituteGermany’s massive investment in distributed and renewable electricity, known as the Energiewende (energy transition), is often heralded as the shining example...

Posted July 9, 2013