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Beyond Boom and Bust: Report Overview

Despite robust growth and recent improvements in price and performance, a boom in US clean energy technology ("clean tech") sectors could now falter as federal clean energy spending declines sharply, according to a new report published today by some...

Posted April 18, 2012    

How Emissions Decline in the Real World

One of the first questions anyone seeking to understand global warming should ask is this: how do emissions decline in the real world?The short answer is that they mostly don't. As nations develop, emissions go up. The one major exception is during...

Posted April 11, 2012    

Have US Emissions Peaked?

America's newfound abundance of natural gas, unlocked by decades of public and private investment in new shale gas drilling technology, is helping drive US CO2 missions down even as the economy recovers, according to new data from the US Energy...

Posted April 11, 2012    

Feed-in Tariffs Levy Larger Price Incentive for Clean Energy than European Emissions Trading Scheme

Carbon-pricing advocates regularly point to European nations for examples of appropriate and effective clean energy deployment policies. Surging growth rates for solar and wind, coupled with regional declines in carbon emissions, are cited as clear...

Posted April 4, 2012    

Bill Gates: Make Energy Cheap, Clean

What does energy have to do with ending poverty? Bill Gates -- whose philanthropic largesse has made him one of the most prominent advocates for the world's poor -- should know.At the recent Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics forum, Gates made a pitch...

Posted March 29, 2012    

UK Greens Divided on Nuclear Power

Prominent environmentalists in the United Kingdom are at loggerheads over whether Britain should pursue new nuclear power plants, in a clash that has revealed sharply divergent approaches to energy and climate change. Five leading environmentalists...

Posted March 16, 2012    

How Fukushima Led to a Radiation Panic

One year after Fukushima, independent scientists working for the UN say bluntly that irrational fears of radiation poisoning will cause far more harm than the radiation itself. Not a single individual from the Japanese public received a dangerous...

Posted March 14, 2012    

President Obama Follows Through on Energy Innovation in 2013 Budget Request

President Obama backed up his call to “double-down” on clean energy during the State of the Union address by proposing to boost key energy innovation investments in his FY2013 federal budget request. Compared to the FY2012 Omnibus Appropriations...

Posted February 15, 2012    

New Data: Nuclear Down, Carbon Intensity Up in Japan

Japan's nuclear power fleet has sat idle since a powerful earthquake struck the nation in March 2011, driving a sharp increase in fossil fuel imports and a spike in the nation's carbon intensity, new data shows. Together, these changes have battered...

Posted February 14, 2012    

Terry Engelder on the Federal Role in the Shale Gas Revolution

As a part of the Breakthrough Institute's in-depth investigation of shale gas extraction and the role of the federal government in the development of many of the key enabling technologies, we interviewed Terry Engelder, professor at the University...

Posted January 6, 2012    

CNN: Government to Thank for Technologies We Can't Live Without

With the backdrop of solar company Solyndra's bankruptcy, the media has been running an endless stream of stories and op-eds seeking to discredit government investment in technology. CCNMoney, in an encouraging contrast, today published a blog post...

Posted October 26, 2011    

Energy Innovation 2011 Coming To DC

At Energy Innovation 2010, clean energy advocates, policy experts, and public officials moved the clean energy policy debate in a new direction: an innovation strategy is required to develop the transformative technologies we need to address climate...

Posted October 13, 2011