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Advancing Wind Power

The federal production tax credit for wind energy (PTC) should be extended -- and reformed. The debate over the fate of the PTC, whether to extend in its current form or allow it to expire outright on December 31 of this year, is not without nuance...

Posted August 8, 2012    

Are Fast-Breeder Reactors A Nuclear Power Panacea?

Plutonium is the nuclear nightmare. A by-product of conventional power-station reactors, it is the key ingredient in nuclear weapons. And even when not made into bombs, it is a million-year radioactive waste legacy that is already costing the world...

Posted August 6, 2012    

Worldwide Nuclear Energy Expansion Continues

Photo credit: Gregor WolfGlobal production of nuclear energy is expected to grow significantly in future years, despite setbacks in Japan and Germany, as China and the United States eyes next-generation reactors. Worldwide nuclear electricity...

Posted July 31, 2012    

On Geoengineering

I recently had the great pleasure of attending this year's Breakthrough Dialogue at Cavallo Point, an event at which the Breakthrough Institute brought together kindred spirits of disparate views to hash out some of the many issues that that...

Posted July 19, 2012    

How land-efficient is organic agriculture?

It is a truth universally acknowledged - amongst my friends and relations at least - that organic agriculture is better for the planet. Environmentally-conscious consumers typically are prepared to pay a hefty premium for organic meat and vegetables...

Posted July 17, 2012    

Coal Rising in Europe While Gas Eyes the Throne in the US

Despite highly touted climate policies, European utilities are rushing to capitalize on the cheapest and dirtiest source of electric power in the continent: coal. A combination of low carbon permit prices under the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)...

Posted July 10, 2012    

The Historic Roots, and Impacts, of Our Nuclear Fear

I remember going to bed one night when I was 11, seriously afraid I would not be alive in the morning. It was October, 1962, and the frightening cold war between the U.S. and Soviet Union, constantly in the news but mostly abstract to me as a kid,...

Posted June 26, 2012    

Time For A Hamiltonian Government?

For a moment, the Great Recession appeared to usher in a new era in which progressive economics would gain widespread support. Both parties accepted direct intervention in the economy as an essential response to the financial and economic crises....

Posted May 31, 2012    

Where the Shale Gas Revolution Came From

The ongoing shale gas boom has expanded domestic energy production, pushed wholesale electricity prices to record lows, and accelerated the closure of America's aging coal plant fleet, lowering national power-sector carbon emissions. This revolution...

Posted May 22, 2012    

The Royal Society Gets It Wrong on 'People and the Planet'

By Mark Lynas, author of The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans. Originally published at "High Tides" weblogs. The Royal Society - Britain's premier scientific institution - has just released a major report called People and...

Posted April 27, 2012    

How Tripling Government Investment Made Clean Energy Cheaper

Over the last five years, the world's largest nations collectively engaged in a massive policy experiment: what happens when governments triple the historic rate of public investment in clean energy?In the U.S., taxpayers will have spent $150...

Posted April 24, 2012    

Support Grows for Clean Tech Subsidy Reform

Support is building for policies to encourage the growth of a globally competitive, subsidy independent clean tech sector in the United States, as moderate Republicans, industry insiders and analysts expressed keen interest in reforms that would...

Posted April 20, 2012