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Say No to 'No Nukes' Revival

"No Nukes" Revival is Wholly Misguided Recent news that Musicians United for Safe Energy is reuniting for a concert protesting nuclear power strikes these two Millennials as wholly misguided. While the anti-nuclear generation can be forgiven for...

Posted August 5, 2011    

ACE Students Offer White House Fresh Energy Efficiency Ideas

This is a guest post by Alisha Fowler.Shreya Indukuri and Daniela Lapidous, ACE Youth Advisory Board members and juniors at the Harker School in San Jose, CA, paid a visit to the White House yesterday, but they didn't just go for a tour. Through...

Posted June 16, 2011    

Texas Offshore Wind Energy Project Poised to be 'First in the Water'

Texan wind energy developer poised to construct first U.S. offshore wind turbine, even as policy uncertainty and tricky project financing harries competing projectsWith some five gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy projects in the works, the long...

Posted June 9, 2011    

UPDATED ANALYSIS: The Costs of Canceling Japan's Plans for Nuclear Power

Cowritten by Sara Mansur. On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced that the country would scrap its plans to increase nuclear power's contribution to electricity generation to 50 percent by 2030, in response to the crisis at...

Posted May 19, 2011    

The Future of Nuclear Power: Shellenberger on KQED Forum

Breakthrough Institute President Michael Shellenberger debated the future of nuclear power today on KQED Radio's Forum, joining host Dave Iverson and the Sierra Club's David Hamilton to discuss the impacts and implications of the Fukushima nuclear...

Posted April 1, 2011    

WattHead's Jesse Jenkins on NPR: Nuclear as Usual

WattHead.org Founder and Chief Editor and Breakthrough Institute Director of Climate and Energy Policy Jesse Jenkins was on NPR's Weekend Edition this past Sunday discussing Japan's nuclear crisis and what it means for the future of nuclear power....

Posted March 28, 2011    

Why Phasing Out Subsidies for Fossil Fuels Won't Make Clean Energy Competitive

A while back, I posted some quick math reminding readers that while pushing to end subsidies for mature, centuries-old fossil fuel technologies is a pretty smart policy, it on it's own will be far from sufficient to make clean energy cost...

Posted March 3, 2011    

Climate Challenge Hinges on Fueling China with Clean and Cheap Energy

I've said it before and I'll say it again: when it comes to the global climate challenge, as goes China, so goes the world. Driving that aphorism home, co2scorecard.org, a not-for-profit project that closely tracks global greenhouse gas emissions,...

Posted March 3, 2011    

House Budget Resolution Would Reshape National Energy and Climate Policy

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget resolution this weekend that would fund the government through the end of fiscal year while reshaping national energy and climate policy. The sweeping bill sets the stage for a contentious budget...

Posted February 22, 2011    

Nathan Lewis on Energy Realities: Can We Get to 80% by 2035?

Last week, President Obama threw down an ambitious national goal in his second State of the Union Address: by 2035, 80% of America's electricity will come from "clean" energy sources, double the share we now derive from clean sources. But what...

Posted February 5, 2011    

Breaking: Obama Administration Makes Defense of CO2 Regulations Top Court Priority

Defending regulation of greenhouse gases from court challenges will be a top priority for the Obama Administration's legal team this year, a senior U.S. Justice Department official said on Thursday.As the Environmental Protection Agency works to...

Posted January 14, 2011    

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