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Six Misconceptions about Rebound and Backfire

by Harry Saunders David Owen's recent New Yorker article on energy efficiency and rebound phenomena has sparked a lively debate in a number of blog posts but it has also resulted in some confusion. The purpose of this post is to lend clarity to the...

Posted January 24, 2011    

A Technology Implementation Plan for Solving the Energy Puzzle

In the face of Congressional failure to pass a national cap-and-trade bill, it is "Time for a Climate Plan B" that encompasses the full cycle of energy technology innovation, according to a new article in "Issues for Science and Technology" by...

Posted January 13, 2011    

Innovation Conservatism

Bucking the conventional wisdom that newly empowered conservatives are out to cut government spending at all costs, an influential group of conservative voices has emerged to urge Congressional Republicans to take a more measured approach toward...

Posted January 4, 2011    

Richter: Energy in Three Dimensions

"Energy Innovation 2010" keynote presentation delivered by Nobel laureate physicist Dr. Burton Richter on December 15, 2010. (Richter's Keynote begins at 5:56 in the video below)   I have been asked by the organizers to be provocative at this...

Posted January 3, 2011    

The Efficiency Illusion

By Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, and Jesse Jenkins If there's one thing everyone knows for certain, it's that energy efficiency reduces energy consumption. President Obama, Steven Chu, Fortune 500 chieftains, Silicon Valley VCs, the U.N. and...

Posted December 21, 2010    

Belfer Center: Governments of Emerging Economies Out-Investing US in Energy Research

The governments of six developing countries may now be investing more in energy research than the governments of twenty-one of the world's most developed economies, according to a new report by the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International...

Posted December 21, 2010    

The New Energy Conversation

By Rob Atkinson, Ted Nordhaus, and Michael Shellenberger For forty years, presidents and policymakers have promised and planned for a new energy future just over the horizon. While the rationales have varied - reducing dependence on imported oil,...

Posted December 13, 2010    

Why Japan Disowned Kyoto

By Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus Japan's blunt declaration last week that it was walking away from the Kyoto climate treaty marked the end of an era. Since Copenhagen, international climate negotiations have proceeded on two parallel tracks...

Posted December 7, 2010    

U.S. Must Triple Investment in Energy Technology: President's Science Advisors

The United States should more than triple federal investments in the development of cutting edge new energy technologies to accelerate the transition to a low carbon energy system, according to President Obama's top science and technology advisors....

Posted November 30, 2010    

Chu: Increasing Energy R&D is an Economic Competitiveness Imperative

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu warned today that if the United States allows funding for energy R&D to decline it risks losing its leadership in energy innovation to China and other emerging economic competitors. Speaking at the release of a...

Posted November 29, 2010    

WSJ: Forget the U.N. Climate Convention -- Rethink Innovation Instead

By Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus The failure of the U.N. climate process is proof that shared economic sacrifice cannot be the basis of global action. Nations will not scale up clean energy as long as it remains so much more expensive than...

Posted November 29, 2010    

Eye on the Prize: China is Make or Break for Climate

Were the European Union to call for a deeper cut in carbon dioxide emissions, it would do little to stem the unrelenting increase in global emissions and is unlikely to have any effect on the international climate negotiations, according to the...

Posted November 23, 2010