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Economists Moving Beyond Carbon Pricing

Over at the Economist, Ryan Avent notes that economists are beginning to move beyond a simple reliance on carbon pricing as the sine qua non of climate policy:The typical baseline economist response to the problem of global warming is a very simple...

Posted January 10, 2011    

In 2011 GOP Flees from Greener Past

Here's an intriguing story to kick off the new year with a little retrospection...Flash back to 2008, and nearly all of the top GOP contenders for a 2012 presidential run were taking global warming pretty seriously and offering real, if measured,...

Posted January 4, 2011    

Energy Innovation 2010 - Event Recap and Videos

For 35 years, government and the market have been trying and failing to get energy policy right. Congress has failed to pass large-scale clean energy and climate legislation, while China and other competitors are moving aggressively to take the lead...

Posted January 3, 2011    

Obama Facing Tough Balancing Act as EPA Advances Greenhouse Gas Regulations

Facing environmental suits and court-imposed obligations, the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to issue new rules to regulate climate destabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants and oil refineries, setting the Obama...

Posted December 23, 2010    

Presentation: "Where Good Technologies Come From"

Presentation: "Where Good Technologies Come From" [.pptx] This presentation was delivered by Jesse Jenkins (Director of Energy and Climate Policy, Breakthrough Institute) and Daniel Sarewitz (Director, Center for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, ASU;...

Posted December 20, 2010    

BREAKING: Republican Fred Upton Wins Energy and Commerce Committee Gavel

By Jesse Jenkins, reporting for the Energy CollectiveBreaking news from Capitol Hill this evening: Republican leaders have selected Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan to chair the House Energy and Commerce Committee when the GOP takes the gavel in 2011.The...

Posted December 7, 2010    

Energy Innovation 2010: Rethinking Energy Innovation

Leading think tanks sponsor day-long conference rethinking energy innovation in the United States: getting to scale, making clean energy cheap, securing American leadership. After two years of often-tumultuous debate in Congress, the national...

Posted December 7, 2010    

Scientists: Innovation Needed on Energy Storage, Grid

New innovations in energy storage, transmission, and the integration of variable electricity sources are necessary to enable renewable energy sources to contribute significantly to the U.S. energy supply, according to a new report from the American...

Posted November 17, 2010    

Educating the Energy Generation: Workforce Needs in Renewable, Nuclear Power Sectors

Today, the race for dominance in clean energy technology sectors pits the United States against the greatest international competition for a key emerging technology field than in any era since the Cold War race to lead in aerospace, computing,...

Posted November 15, 2010    

Phasing out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Will Help, But Only Innovation Can Make Clean Energy Cheap

By Jesse Jenkins, originally at the Breakthrough InstituteOver at theEnergyCollective.com, Tyler Hamilton dives into the International Energy Agency's newly released forecast of global energy trends (exec sum here [pdf]) focusing on the disparity in...

Posted November 10, 2010    

China Energy Use to Soar, Driving Demand for Coal, Oil & Clean Energy Alike

China's demand for energy will soar 75% by 2035, according to the latest world energy forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA), released Tuesday. The growing economic aspirations of 1.3 billion Chinese, who today use just one-third the...

Posted November 10, 2010    

United States, Australia Partner to Make Solar Energy Cheap

By Jesse Jenkins, originally at the Breakthrough InstituteThe United States and Australia have inked a new partnership to pursue joint solar energy research designed to make solar energy cheap enough to compete with fossil fuels.The Sydney Morning...

Posted November 8, 2010